Why Female Gentile Mutilation Remains a Challenge in Kenya Today?

By Xilun Wei, Qiyuan Qin, Jing Liu, Jingxuan Huang 2020 is a year of change in many ways. What remains constant is the fight against the long-lasting practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), defined by the World Health Organization as “the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” It is recognized by the … Continue reading Why Female Gentile Mutilation Remains a Challenge in Kenya Today?

Different Views of FGM Among Chinese Sympathizers of the Anti-FGM Movement

By Aoran Zhang “Every coin has two sides,” says Bu Fan, a student at the Vanderbilt University, when asked about her views on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “Although FGM is immoral, it is a very important part of local culture that cannot be banned immediately.” After she went to Africa to study FGM in 2017, she set up a WeChat official account, ‘Discover Feminism’, and … Continue reading Different Views of FGM Among Chinese Sympathizers of the Anti-FGM Movement

China’s New Priorities in Africa

While Africa’s value to the outside world has historically been framed largely in economic terms — as a place to extract resources and as a market to sell goods — China is changing that equation. The fact is, Africa just isn’t that important to China economically. All 54 African countries combined account for less than 4% of China’s 4+ trillion global trade balance while Beijing … Continue reading China’s New Priorities in Africa

Africans in China During COVID-19 and the Future of China-Africa Relation

From an article by Brookings, China and Africa’s relationship developed unexpectedly during the COVID-19 pandemic. There was an unexpected break in the relationship. Since April, there were tons of reports and social media discussions about the eviction and maltreatment of Africans in Guangzhou. This even caused official diplomatic protests from African countries and African Union. This was an unprecedented problem that never happened before. This … Continue reading Africans in China During COVID-19 and the Future of China-Africa Relation

Three Important Trends to Notice About China-Africa Relationship in 2020

From a report by the Africa Report, “twitter diplomacy”, debt and sustainable energy will shape China-Africa relationship in the year ahead. This article was written prior to the COVID-19 became a global pandemic. “Twitplomacy” Beijing had started an experiment on public diplomacy last year. Previously, public diplomacy was about a staid interview on CCTV. But now, Chinese diplomats in Africa started to have their own … Continue reading Three Important Trends to Notice About China-Africa Relationship in 2020