Behind the SGR Racism Scandal: The Challenge of Communication Between Chinese and Kenyans

In the last several decades, Chinese investment, trade, and aid in Kenya have considerably increased. Under China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has been regarded as one of the most remarkable achievements of cooperation between China and Kenya, creating approximately 25,000 job positions for Kenyan locals. Nevertheless, conflicts have emerged out of this cooperation. On July 8, 2018, The Standard, … Continue reading Behind the SGR Racism Scandal: The Challenge of Communication Between Chinese and Kenyans

Africa-based Chinese Tech Companies vs Chinese Construction Companies: A Dispatch on Labor Relations

Under the impact of the reform and opening-up policy in China during the 1980s, more and more Chinese companies started to seek business opportunities in various African countries. According to the data provided by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bilateral trade in 1999 between China and African Countries was 7 times more than that in 1979. However, the major players in the mid-1990’s were … Continue reading Africa-based Chinese Tech Companies vs Chinese Construction Companies: A Dispatch on Labor Relations

P2P Ride-Sharing in Kenya: What Is China’s Didi Getting Into?

“I am no longer needed by my customers, but I do not need them either,” said Mourice, a driver who has switched from driving traditional taxis to Ubers. A wind of ride-sharing has blown into Kenya as Uber entered this country in 2015, with the number of drivers increasing dramatically, from one thousand to ten thousand approximately. Following the booming trend of the ride-sharing market … Continue reading P2P Ride-Sharing in Kenya: What Is China’s Didi Getting Into?

Villain or Vulnerable?

Zander Rounds I have to lean in to hear Zeng over the howling protests of steel meeting stone outside—although I suspect were we not on an active construction site, I might have still have to strain. A slight man, Zeng strikes me as a guy reluctant to fill a space with his voice. Zeng is twenty-six. Did I hear that correctly? I scoot my plastic … Continue reading Villain or Vulnerable?