Black Livity China is documenting African and Afro-diasporic experiences in China and in relation to China for the benefit of our global community
Our team is comprised of Africans and people of African descent who currently or previously have lived, worked, studied, taught and traded in China. We leverage these experiences to translate what both China’s rise and relations with the nation on a people-to-people and government-government level mean today, and might mean in years to come.
POWERED BY PAN-AFRICANISM
Guyanese scholar, activist and author of ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ Walter Rodney once tasked those who consider themselves Pan-Africanists with three main responsibilities. ‘To talk about Pan-Africanism’, he tells us, ‘is to talk about international solidarity within the Black world…whichever sector of the Black world we live in, we have a series of responsibilities. One of the most important is to define our own situation. A second responsibility is to present that definition to the other parts of the Black world…A third responsibility…is to help others in a different section of the Black world to reflect on their own specific experience’.
Rodney reminds us that open communication between Black communities across the world is crucial to the Pan-African vision, and furthermore that we should not allow ourselves to be limited by borders and geographical confines. We should be reminded that the movement does, and indeed always has transcended these things.
Whether or not we decide to subscribe to the principles of Pan-Africanism, they can serve as an important reminder and lesson that we can take and apply to our own situation as Black people both in China and on a wider scale across the world.
Black Livity China was initially founded in 2018 by Runako Celina and Hannah Getachew with the belief that we should extend these responsibilities to ourselves and our communities; ‘to define our own situation…to present that definition to the other parts of the Black world…and to help others in a different section of the Black world to reflect on their own specific experience’.
Black Livity China is an online platform documenting 360° of African and Afro-diasporic experiences both in China and in relation to China for the benefit of our global community
This is an effort initiated by members of our community, by us for us.