That’s Not Chasiu! It’s Nyama Choma! When Kenyan and Chinese Food Unite

By Mark Karanja |  the Beijinger

As a Kikuyu in Kenya, one grows very tired of the old but not altogether untrue joke that my people don’t have much in the way of culinary variety. The Kikuyu, one of the biggest tribes in Kenya, are known for a maize and bean gruel called githeri, which has become one of Kenya’s main staples if for no other reason than that it’s just so easy to make.

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China’s ‘Little Africa’ shrinks 70% as coronavirus leaves its mark

By TAKASHI KAWAKAMI | Nikkei Asia Review

GUANGZHOU — In a district called “Little Africa” here in the capital of Guangdong Province, north of Hong Kong, more than 10,000 Africans reside in what is China’s largest African community. Or at least they used to. These days the enclave appears mostly deserted. About 70% of its residents left months ago to escape what was then an epidemic that one country seemed to be battling on its own.

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Ndumiso Chili | South African Teacher in China Wins Best Teacher Award at His School

By Jenni Baxter | SAPeople

A South African teacher in China is being awarded for his awesome teaching methods that have resulted in his class performing brilliantly. Ndumiso Chili has such a positive attitude to life that he’s gathered over 2,600 followers on Twitter as he tweets pictures of his graduation, his gratitude, and his dedication to staying fit and being the best international English teacher ever.

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A Lost ‘Little Africa’: How China, Too, Blames Foreigners for the Virus

April Zhu | NYR Daily

In this pandemic, we have quickly become acquainted with a new form of witnessing, one that is both more collective and more remote than ever. From our various isolated “indoors,” blue LED screens have formed small portals into violence, beauty, tragedy, and nonsense. More than ever, we exist “in the discourse.”

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Africans In China: Social Media Posts Verses Reality

By: Boakai Karllon Wilson | FrontPage Africa

China is a peaceful place where all laws abiding foreigners are treated equally irrespective of race. Regarding the recent allegation that Africans including Liberians are being mistreated, I will like to take this time to relief stress from our family members and friends back home of the scaring information that is flying all on social media regarding the maltreatment of foreigners especially black people in china.

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China Denies City Discriminating Against ‘African Brothers’

By Reuters

BEIJING — China has dismissed allegations leveled by African and U.S. diplomats that foreigners of African appearance in the city of Guangzhou were being subjected to forceful testing for coronavirus, quarantine and ill treatment.

“We do not have discrimination in China against African brothers,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing, accusing the United States of trying to exploit the issue to harm Beijing’s relations with African nations.

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African ambassadors in China complain to government over ‘discrimination’

By Reuters

African ambassadors in China have written to the country’s foreign minister over what they call discrimination against Africans as the country seeks to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus. Several African countries have separately also demanded that China address their concerns that Africans, in particular in the southern city of Guangzhou, are being mistreated and harassed.

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Africans in Guangzhou are on edge, after many are left homeless amid rising xenophobia in China.

By Jenni Marsh, Shawn Deng and Nectar Gan | CNN

The African community in Guangzhou is on edge after widespread accounts were shared on social media of people being left homeless this week, as China’s warnings against imported coronavirus cases stoke anti-foreigner sentiment. In the southern Chinese city, Africans have been evicted from their homes by landlords and turned away from hotels, despite many claiming to have no recent travel history or known contact with Covid-19 patients.

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