By Howard W. French
Chinese immigrants of the new prior and unfolding twenty-first century are looking for the African dream. So explains indefatigable vacationer Howard W. French, prize-winning investigative journalist and previous New York Times bureau leader in Africa and China, within the definitive account of this seismic geopolitical improvement. China’s burgeoning presence in Africa is already shaping, and reshaping, the way forward for hundreds of thousands of individuals. From Liberia to Senegal to Mozambique, in creaky vehicles and via again roads, French introduces us to the characters who make up China’s dogged emigrant inhabitants: marketers singlehandedly reshaping African infrastructure, and less-lucky migrants slightly scraping by means of yet nonetheless confident of Africa’s possibilities. French’s acute observations provide illuminating perception into the main urgent unknowns of recent Sino-African relatives: Why China is making those cultural and monetary incursions into the continent; what Africa’s function is during this equation; and what the ramifications for either events and their people—and the looking at world—will be within the foreseeable future.
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