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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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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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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Africans In Guangzhou Face Special Scrutiny Amid Coronavirus-Fueled Xenophobia

By JIAYUN FENG | SUPCHINA

So far in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu District, there have been just 16 confirmed cases of foreigners from African countries with COVID-19. But for the black community there, what’s more terrifying than the virus itself is the rising tide of discrimination driven by both coronavirus-fueled xenophobia and deep-rooted prejudice against black people in China.

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Argentina and Brazil: New Territories for West African Migration

Brazil and Argentina have become part of the ever-changing geography of African migration. This article chronicles the precariousness of African migrants’ lives as the two countries reconsider the generous immigration policies that were created during their boom years.

by Régis Minvielle | HEINRICH-BÖLL-STIFTUNG

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I asked Tanzanians about studying in China: here’s what they said

By Hezron Makundi | THE CONVERSATION

Over the past three decades, China has turned into a major study-abroad hotspot for thousands of African students. In 2018 it hosted over 60,000 African students, making it the second most popular destination for African students abroad, after France. It is even ahead of the US and UK. This trend can, in part, be explained by China’s growing provision of scholarships and also by the Chinese government’s human resource and education capacity building schemes, such as the African talents programme, which target the continent.

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