Thursday, June 13, 2013

SADC: Tuesday: U.S. Competitiveness in Africa w/ Members of Congress

I am trying something a little different. I cannot find time to suitably blog, but I have been putting together a biweekly newsletter for D.C.-area Sino-Africa watchers. I have a few things up my sleeve, but until then I am just going to post the newsletters, it is the most consistent output I can manage at the moment :(

On Tuesday there will be a ton of interesting events, so start figuring out which ones you would like to attend as soon as possible!

Dear Colleagues,

Monday was a lot of fun, and Prof. Campbell did not disappoint: there was enough radical Pan-Africanism to last for the month! Thanks to Maame, I was able to get good intel on some interesting events coming up. On Tuesday there are a whole bunch of things going on, and I hope to make it to the congressional discussion about US competitiveness in Africa as well as the remarks by the Honorable Raila A. Odinga, who will talk about Sino-African relations.
  • Jemila and Andy have been making moves on their respective Google+ Hangouts. Andy will have his on Sunday hopefully, with him, Shuang Bin, perhaps another guest, and myself participating.  Jemila will have hers take place in late June, maybe between June 18 and 21.
  • Today the Chinese Speakers Bureau had a Google+ Hangout and spoke with Eric Olander about Chinese labor in Africa and Sino-African issues in general. I sort of live-tweeted it, and while I did not agree with all of Eric's points, it was a very interesting discussion. Check out the video here.
  • Since no one responded to the potluck idea, I am thinking of dropping it. I will leave this message up until the Monday newsletter and then go from there: We are still a ways off on the next event (the debate). Rather than risk losing momentum for the group, perhaps we could put together a potluck at someone's house? I am thinking it would have to be close to the metro (If anyone wants to do it at my place, you would have to take a short bus after getting off at Pentagon City, but I would be more than happy to pick you up from there). I would be quite willing to help set up and clean up if we were to do so, and even bring some of my famous (though neither Chinese or Ghanaian) garlic mashed potatoes. Thoughts? I think we could put something together by early or mid July.
Stay dry and safe today! 

Area Events

By: U. S. Export - Import Opportunities for African Consumable Products 2013 Trade Show
Date and Time: Wednesday - Saturday, June 12 - 15
Location: Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Hilton Baltimore Hotel (Awards Dinner)
401 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

U.S. Competitiveness in Africa – Leveling the Playing Field
By: The Office of Ranking Member Karen Bass, House Africa Subcommittee
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: The Member’s Room, Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 5th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Tuesday, June 18, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 5th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia
By: Woodrow Wilson Center
Date and Time: Thursday, June 20, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: 6th Floor
Woodrow Wilson Center

Miss Africa USA Pageant
By: Miss Africa USA Pageant 2013
Date and Time: Saturday, June 29, 07:00 PM
Location: The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd  Silver Spring, MD 20910


  1. Asian Studies Association of Australia
  2. International Convention of Asia Scholars 8
  3. Oxford University China Africa Network & Alpha Professional Network Emerging Powers in Africa Forum

Calls for Papers

  1. Call for Papers: State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia -  International Institute for Asian Studies (Thank you Prof. Park) 
  2. Call for Papers - Verge: Studies in Global Asias (Thank you Prof. Park)
  3. Call for Papers and Panels - Asian Studies Association of Australia (Thank you Prof. Park)
  4. Call for Proposals: China, UK, Low-Income Countries and Agriculture/Food Security - AgriTT (Thank you Prof. Brautigam)
  5. Call for Submissions - Politique Africaine (Thank you Prof. Park)

Opportunities (courtesy of Nina)

  1. Associate Editor - Devex
  2. Financial Consultant - Saferworld
  3. Future Opportunities-Students - Deloitte
  4. IT Support Officer - Camfed
  5. Logistics Coordinato- QED Group
  6. Phandulwazi nge China Scholarship Programme for visiting scholars from Africa  - Stellenbosch University Centre for Chinese Studies
  7. Product Manager - Grameen Foundation
  8. Project Coordinator - Invisible Children
  9. Program Officer - Freedom House
  10. Research Associate and Program Coordinator-Freeman Chair in China - Center for Strategic and International Studies
  11. Senior Fellow/Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative - Brookings
  12. Technical Project Manager - Grameen Foundation

Of Interest

1,072 Chinese gold miners return from Ghana - "'Even if they paid me 50,000 yuan a month, I would not go there again,' said a villager surnamed Yang .. Yang went to Ghana and worked at a Chinese gold mine as an equipment guard. He earned a monthly salary of 4,000 yuan, far exceeding what he would have made planting paddy rice back home."
A Chinese investment view on mining in Africa - Though the article itself does not break new ground, it is interesting because it is written by Jianke Gao, the Chinese chief executive of Wesizwe Platinum and also it talks about the AU-sanctioned "African Mining Vision" of 2009, which I had never heard of.
China in Africa: The New Imperialists? - This piece is not my favorite and I find the title a little too provocative (since the article is basically about Zambia, perhaps it is a little too broad).but it does have a few interesting quotes and does emphasize that there are different Chinese actors in Africa, "and not just part of a faceless imperialist mass."
Chinese gold miners abused and raped Ghanaians, says online report - If the allegations are true, it might change the tenor of Chinese-Ghanaian relations. Quote that stuck with me: “I am not surprised - judging by how the Chinese treat their own mine workers at home,”
Chinese gold miners released in Ghana - The miners are released and the Chinese embassy recommends anyone who is being targeted by the authorities to buy a plane ticket back to China. According to the Global Times, nearly 300 Chinese had returned to Guangxi while many others were preparing their evacuation from China.
Due care for miners - A statesmanlike response about the detained Chinese miners in Ghana from the China Daily.
Fears for African rhino in China rainforest - Seven African rhinos were transported to a Chinese wildlife park, but it may be part of a husbandry project.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 7, 2013 - Hong Lei is quite the diplomat in his response to a question about miners in Ghana.
Hisense factory in Atlantis ‘to create 1,200 jobs’ - So China is bringing (more) manufacturing opportunities to Africa, it would seem. Also, calling anything "Atlantis" is just inviting trouble.
Nigeria: 'Doing Business Is More Profitable in China Than Nigeria' - This interview with Sani Tsoho Allassan, a Nigerian doing business in China, is a fabulous read, though Allassan might be a little to optimistic about life in China. Still, I found the interview to be very valuable.
Shanglin residents making millions in Ghana gold rush - This story one puts the number of Shangliners in Ghana at 50,000 and explains that they are changing the cultural landscape (Karaoke bars, possible brothels, etc.), among other observations.
Survey shows China main source of inspiration for Kenyans - Interesting study carried out in January of this year, as China (34%) just beat out the US (33%) and Japan (9%) came in distant third. Finally, there is this quote: “Increasingly, Kenyans’ perception to the ‘Made in China’ tag is turning positive.” Everyone at the Chinese embassy in Nairobi is probably doing the macarena now.
Wuhan Announce Double Signing: Faty and Stojanovic Arrive - The soccer team Wuhan Zall signed Senegalese defender Jacques Faty. I never heard of him myself, though.
网友独家-中国工人曝一人在加纳遭枪击遇 - (The title may be misleading or I read it wrong, but I did not see anybody get shot, I did not watch the entire video though) Sina video of Chinese being rounded up in Ghana. The video is really interesting, everyone apparently has a gun in the first clip.

Member Contributions

Brautigam, Deborah, "Chinese Land Grabs Revised DownwardChina in Africa: The Real Story
Brautigam, Deborah, "Developmental State Meets Post-2015 Development FinanceChina in Africa: The Real Story
Hansen, Peter C., "Investing in Nigeria: What It Takes" Nigeria Development & Finance Forum
Liu, Andy Shuai, "Have Something to Say about China? Grab the Open MicChina Open Mic
Park, Yoon Jung, "Perceptions of Chinese in Southern Africa: Constructions of the "Other" and the Role of MemoryAfrican Studies Review
Shinn, David, "African Mining and ChinaThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
Shinn, David, "African Traders in China and Chinese Traders in SenegalThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
Shinn, David, "Comment on China-Africa RelationsThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
Shinn, David, "Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Nile WaterThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
Shinn, David, "Global Witness China ProgrammeThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
Shinn, David, "More Fiction Than Fact Being Reported on Ethiopia's Renaissance DamThe official blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
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