The first African students to study in China reached the middle kingdom in the mid-50s; since that time the number of students, academics, entrepreneurs, and more hailing from the African continent and knocking at China’s door has risen – and shows no sign of slowing down. And with the deepening of Africa-China relations, seminal works documenting these stories and the context that underpins them have also become a staple of the publishing world.
But in a space dominated by western voices, we’ve collated a list of some of the most significant written offerings by African thinkers across the ages that help to demystify the Africa-China landscape and what it means for Africans.
Saron Tamerat is an Ethiopian who has lived in Guangzhou, China for 5 years. A self-proclaimed book worm; she has a degree in International Economics and Trade and is interested in the burgeoning Sino-Africa relations. She has previously served as the president of the African Student Association at the South China University of Technology and has worked with the African-Guangdong Business Association.