In this talk, I provide a critical look into the cultural politics of racialised and gendered representations in Africa–China related mediascapes from the perspective of “popular geopolitics.” Geopolitical frameworks have been used in political science and international relations research to analyse Africa– China issues, but have been remarkably overlooked as methodological tools for making sense of the cultural politics of Afro-Chinese racialised politics and narratives, and their implications. To breach this gap, I focus on a number of recent controversial incidents (e.g. an advertisement, a theatrical skit, and debates around social media posts) that weave old and new racist rhetoric/tropes, and gendered stereotypes, into evolving processes of racialisation that inform everyday geopolitical imaginaries of the Africa–China encounter. This is followed by a brief discussion where I use the notion of “multiple triangulations” to trace the routes through which negative stereotypes about blackness could have entered China. By specifically looking at contemporary popular media representations of Africa and blackness, I show how “race,” ethnicity, gender, class and nationalism, problematically underwrite, and are written into a rhetoric that evinces geopolitical asymmetries that characterise crucial areas of Africa–China relations. Throughout the talk, I argue that there is an emerging pattern where Chineseness is discursively constructed as a “replacement” for whiteness.
|Published - 12 May 2022
|International Symposium : Africa-China Relations in the Post COVID-19 Era - Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Duration: 12 May 2022 → 13 May 2022
|International Symposium : Africa-China Relations in the Post COVID-19 Era
|12/05/22 → 13/05/22
|The conference has been supported by the Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grants of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong