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Subject: New book on African migrants in China

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book:

*Mapping the New African Diaspora in China: Race and the Cultural Politics
of Belonging*

Based on multi-sited ethnographic research in China and Nigeria, Mapping
the New African Diaspora in China explores a new wave of African migration
to South China in the context of the expansion of Sino/African trade
relations and the global circulation of racial knowledge. Indeed,
grassroots perspectives of China/Africa trade relations are foregrounded
through the examination of daily interactions between Africans and
rural-to-urban Chinese migrants in various informal trade spaces in
Guangzhou. These Afro-Chinese encounters have the potential to not only
help reveal the negotiated process of mutual racial learning, but also to
subvert hegemonic discourses such as Sino/African friendship and white
supremacy in subtle ways. However, as Lan demonstrates within this
enlightening volume, the transformative power of such cross-cultural
interactions is severely limited by language barrier, cultural differences,
and the Chinese state’s stringent immigration control policies.


Table of contents

Introduction: becoming Africans, becoming blacks in China

Chapter 1 South China as the new Promised Land for African migrants

Chapter 2 Chinese internet representation of African migrants in Guangzhou

Chapter 3 Issues of credibility and trust in grassroots trade activities
between Chinese and Africans

Chapter 4 Chinese state regulation of undocumented Africans in Guangzhou

Chapter 5 Status mobility, community networks, and trans-local belongings

Chapter 6 Between Guangzhou and Lagos: business and family strategies of
Chinese/Nigerian couples

Chapter 7 Negotiating religious freedom in China

Conclusion: China as a key site of transnational racial knowledge

thanks for your attention


Shanshan Lan

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
The University of Amsterdam

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Room B 5.06, PO Box 15508
1018 WV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Master in Contemporary Asian studies

EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB)

For further information please contact any of the following:

Valerio Simoni
The Graduate Institute Geneva (Switzerland)

Lauren Wagner
Maastricht University (Netherlands)

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