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