Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How does one get a China-Africa job? Secrets revealed!

You specialized in China-African relations, so where is that dynamic, high-powered job that you were expecting? Isn't everyone interested in Sino-Africa relations and willing to pay for that expertise? Not quite. Hosts Dr. Nkemjika Kalu and Winslow Robertson asked the most successful China-Africanist they know of (read: not an academic), Dr. Lucy Corkin, Class of Programme at Rand Merchant Bank, to come on the show and give some career advice. You may know Dr. Corkin from her many publications, most notably Uncovering African Agency: Angola's Management of China's Credit Lines. If you are an underemployed Sino-Africanist, you owe it to yourself to listen to this episode!

Monday, May 19, 2014

An African American perspective on Sino-Africa relations

By Tasha Coleman

The evidence is undeniable. Africa and China are becoming increasingly connected. As an African-American living in China I am confronted with the evidence on a regular basis. Whether it be through reading news about increased investment and trade or meeting African students that learned to speak Chinese while in their home country, the connection is clear. For example, China is Africa’s largest trade partner[1] and is making investments such as building a railway line in East Africa.[2] Such encounters have made me wonder how African Americans relate to burgeoning Sino-African relations.