As outlined before, the economic dimension is one of the driving forces for Sino-African relations. However, there are also various other fields of engagement, and higher education is one of them. While everyone has heard of Confucius Institutes there are also a number of other initiatives.
In December 2012, the newspaper China Daily Africa Weekly was launched as the first English-language newspaper published in Africa by a Chinese media enterprise. China Daily Africa Weekly is the latest addition to the state-run China Daily family that consists of the parent paper China Daily, which is published since 1981 in Mainland China; China Daily Hong Kong, which was founded in 1997; China Daily USA which was launched in 2009; and three other weekly editions.
When I first discovered that masses of Vietnamese people are migrating from remote rural areas of Vietnam to a place as exotic as Angola, I became curious to explore the motivations and destinies linked to this unexpected phenomenon. Consequently, in August and September 2013, we dedicated the first phase of field work of the AFRASO-subproject African-Asian Migration and Development to further investigate this topic.
Anthropologist Prof. Sasaki Shigehiro from Nagoya University gave a lecture on African migrants in Japan. Some of the intriguing points of his talk and the subsequent discussion will be summarized here and related to reflections on mobility and migration.