China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

    By Howard W French
From the prize-winning investigative reporter: a trenchant, immersive account of the burgeoning Chinese presence in Africa-a developing empire already shaping the future of the world's incipient superpower and its fastest growing continent. Former New York Times bureau chief in Africa and China, Howard W. French is uniquely positioned to tell the story of this seismic geopolitical development. Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting, French draws a nuanced portrait of China's economic, political, and human presence across the African continent.
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Howard W. French is a senior writer for the "New York Times. "After teaching at the University of Ivory Coast in the early 1980s, he began his journalism career writing about Africa for the "Washington Post, Africa News," "The Economist" and numerous other publications. Since 1986, he has reported for the "Times" from Central America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, Korea and now China. In 1997, his coverage of the fall of Mobuto Sese Seko won the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best newspaper interpretation of foreign affairs. French was born in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Shanghai with his wife and their two children.

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"Extraordinary...French delves into the lives of some of the one million-plus Chinese migrants he says are now building careers in Africa...and the stories [he] tells are fascinating."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"In his important new book, French weaves a rich tapestry of anecdotes, interspersed with numerous interviews with Chinese migrants and Africans alike, offering readers an eminently fair, occasionally humorous and sympathetic, but always engaging account....A searing, trenchant, and entertaining study of how China, in both an individual and collective sense, is shrewdly and opportunistically maximizing its relationships with African nations in an effort to extend its economic influence across the world. "
--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"China's trade with Africa has grown dramatically...But China's investments...are less significant for this rapidly evolving relationship, according to this 15-country survey by veteran African correspondent French, than the significant flow of new Chinese immigrants--often pushed out by the pressure and oppression back home as much as lured by opportunity. In vivid first-person reportage, French explores this momentous phenomenon, while challenging assumptions about China and Chinese immigrants...The book will appeal to students of China and Africa, and anyone interested in the shifting contours of the global economy and its geopolitical consequences."
--"Publishers Weekly
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"Although several recent books have discussed...China's recent incursions into Africa in pursuit of resources and profit, ...French has the advantage of significant personal experience in both Africa and China....Interacting with Chinese and Africans in Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Namibia, and elsewhere, French capably illustrates that although Chinese omnipresence in Africa may be a form of soft imperialism, it is also a result of the crushing pressures--lack of space, merciless business competition, pollution--of mo


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ISBN 9780385351683
Publish Date 05/19/2014
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language English
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