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Outline of talk: Africa’s Chinese Enclaves October 10, 2008

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Ching Kwan Lee

Raw Encounters – Africa’s Chinese Enclaves

Below is an outline of the talk given 10/9/08, for your reading pleasure.


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.