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EVENT: Labor Relations in Africa’s Chinese Enclaves September 16, 2008

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This sounds fascinating! I’m definitely going…

Raw Encounters: Labor Relations in Africa’s Chinese Enclaves
A Talk with China Expert Ching Kwan Lee

Thursday, October 9, 12 Noon
Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way (at College Avenue), Berkeley

China’s return to Africa in recent years has attracted much media and
political attention worldwide. Join us for a presentation and
discussion with Ching Kwan Lee, who will report on her recent
fieldwork in Zambia’s Copperbelt and Tanzania’s textile mills, where
she saw first-hand the impact of China’s investment in Africa. She
will focus primarily on labor relations, including a discussion of
encounters between Chinese managers and African workers and how these
encounters impact local societies.

Ching Kwan Lee received her PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley and is
now Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los
Angeles. She is author of Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s
Rustbelt and Sunbelt and Gender and the South China Miracle. Her
current projects include studies of the impacts of Chinese investment
in Africa, and labor and property rights activism in China.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education,
Center for Chinese Studies and Center for African Studies.


1. mariko - September 17, 2008

Thanks for the info. This sounds great.

Little bit of political explanation why I am interested in…

Japan is tyring to get support from African countires to get a permanent UN Secutiry Council seat and this has been Japan’s additional incentives to aid Africa.
However, China has opposed Japan being granted permanent status on the Security Council, demanding it first correct its attitude to its wartime history.
France is also paying attention to China’s aid in Africa as they were some tension between them as France used to be the major player in Africa’s aid.

Hope other people can join!

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