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September 11, 2016

The China-Africa Project: The Complicated Role Chinese Business Plays in Kenyan Corruption 

Zander Rounds, Research Manager at China House Kenya in Nairobi, recently published a paper on the role that small-to-medium sized Chinese enterprises play in Kenyan corruption. Rounds conducted interviews with 25 Chinese business leaders in Kenya over a 10 month period, and what he learned over the course of his research is that as new immigrants in a country where they are forced to operate in an unfamiliar culture, language and legal system, Chinese business owners are easy targets for bribes.

Rounds’ research complicates the narrative that Chinese businesses are typically the instigators of corruption in Africa. He joins Eric & Cobus to discuss his findings and also to explore what, if anything, can be done to help correct the problem in Kenya.

August 26, 2016

Cowries & Rice: Chinese Youth are Changing the Wildlife Conversation on the Ground

China House, the first Chinese social enterprise in Africa, is organizing a Color Run in Kenya to take place on August 28, 2016 to not only raise awareness among Chinese youth regarding conservation and poaching issues , but also to show Chinese and Kenyan support for stronger ivory regulations in the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (or CITES) 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 24th to October 5th, 2016. To talk about the event, we have on the pod Winnie Wong, the Communications Manager for China House.

October 24, 2015 

Cowries & Rice: The Ivory Queen 

On Wednesday October 7, 2015, Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese restaurant owner in Dar es Salaam station and vice-president and secretary-general of the Tanzania China-Africa business council, appeared in a Tanzanian court to be charged with smuggling ivory between 2000 and 2014. Media reports have dubbed her the “Ivory Queen” and the Elephant Action League, an American NGO, described her as “the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in the country.” Host Winslow Robertson and new cohost Ms. Lina Benabdallah are joined by Hongxiang Huang, owner and manager of the China-Africa social enterprise China House and expert on China-Africa ivory smuggling issues, to look closer at this story. Did Yang Feng Glan fit the proverbial profile of a Chinese ivory smuggler in Africa?

July 11, 2015 

The China-Africa Project: China’s Rapidly Changing View on Wildlife Conservation in Africa 

China House founder Huang Hongxiang and Wildlife Conservation Project Manager Sunny Huang join Eric & Cobus to explain how their recent de-snaring events highlight the rapidly evolving views among Chinese youth about animal welfare and conservation.

May 24, 2015 

The China-Africa Project: Chinese Racist Views Towards Blacks and Africans

Viola Rothschild is a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University where she posted a commentary on Foreign Policy magazine’s website that focused on the increasingly complex racism that is expressed online towards blacks (both from the US and Africa). Viola joins Eric & Cobus to discuss her observations about China’s complex relationship with multiculturalism and how it’s manifested online.

March 6, 2015

The China-Africa Project: China-Africa Relations-A Highschool Perspective 

 Annie Hou (侯艺筱) is a third year high school student at Sudan International School in Shanghai who recently spent several weeks in Kenya as part of a program with the Chinese corporate social responsibility NGO China House Kenya. While in Nairobi, Annie had the opportunity to do research on Chinese management and labor practices at construction projects and to learn firsthand about the challenges facing Chinese companies operating in Kenya and Africa as a whole. She joins Eric and Cobus to talk about her experience in Kenya and the perspective of the next generation on the future of Sino-African relations.

September 29, 2014

Cowries & Rice : China’s Peace Corps!?!?

China has a little-known program equivalent to the U.S. Peace Corps: the unofficially titled Chinese Youth Volunteers in Africa. Wendy Wang, a Business Development and Communications Officer with China House, explained this program to host Winslow Robertson. If you want to know about this program, how it is administered, how the volunteers are recruited, how it is funded, and more, please listen to this episode!

June 3, 2014 

Cowries & Rice : About China House 

This is a Mandarin-language episode! Host Andy Shuai Liu of China Open Mic spoke with China Going Out‘s Hongxiang Huang (who was a Cowries and Rice guest back in October of 2013) to talk about his newest project: China House. China House looks to help open-minded Chinese citizens integrate better with African societies and promote a more mutually beneficial Sino-African relationship. If you were curious as to what effective Chinese non-governmental organizations or corporate social responsibility would look like, please listen to this episode!