Africans in China and Chinese in Africa: inequalities, social identities, and wellbeing

Padmore Adusei AMOAH*, Obert HODZI, Roberto CASTILLO

*Corresponding author for this work

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Relations between China and African nations have intensified following the ratification of several multilateral and bilateral developmental agreements, especially after the third Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in 2006. In the past decade, the relations have transcended to the micro-level, with important implications for households and individuals. Of note are the varying forms of population migration between the two places for reasons ranging from business ventures, education, asylum-seeking and family making and reunification. Using various primary and secondary data sources, the seven articles in this special issue delve into the wellbeing, social identities and different kinds of socio-cultural and economic inequalities of Africans in China and Chinese in Africa. Altogether, the articles affirm that policies and mechanisms to ensure decent living conditions, enhanced sense of belonging and social equity among Africans in China and Chinese in Africa are critical to the future of China-Africa relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-463
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Issue number4
Early online date28 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

Bibliographical note

Our appreciation goes to the administrative staff of School of Graduate Studies; and Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Dr Weija Wang (Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University) for their contribution towards the organisation of the international symposium. The editors would also like to thank Prof Ka Ho Mok, Vice President of Lingnan University for his unflinching support to the conference and the issue. Finally, the editors would like to thank all authors of the issue for their contribution.

We would like to dedicate the issue to the memory of Prof Ray Forrest (1951-2020) who did not live to see the planned issue in print. Prof Forrest was the founding Director of Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

This special issue emerged from an international symposium on Deconstructing wellbeing and inequality between China and Africa, which was held on 9-10 May 2019 at the campus of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. The symposium was funded by the Lingnan University Research Committee through the Fund for Organising Conference (Grant code: 104631).


  • Wellbeing
  • social identities
  • inequalities
  • migration
  • Africa
  • China


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