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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(10), 172; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7100172

Chinese Migrant Perceptions of Africans: Understanding Confucian Reflexive Politics in Southern Africa

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Department of Geography, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Schwarzman Scholar, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Department of Geography & Energy and Environmental Policy Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
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Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4070, Australia
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 11 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 25 September 2018
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In this paper, we use a qualitative reflexive approach to understand the dynamics of Chinese migrant perceptions of Africans upon arrival in Africa and the changes in their views upon returning to China. The research is based on in-depth, semi-structured field interviews with Chinese workers and managers in Mozambique and South Africa, as well as interviews with returning migrants to China, carried out in Beijing. Thus, we are able to gauge the learning experience that occurs and how the underlying Confucian philosophy that has been embraced by the Chinese polity manifests such changes in perception. The research suggests that there is a positive learning process which occurs through the migrants’ experience and underlying racial stereotypes of Chinese regarding Africans are eroded. Confucian framing of China’s role in Africa is also mitigated towards a more hybridized view of African cultures and societies that reflects to adaptive propensities of contemporary Chinese society. View Full-Text
Keywords: China; migration; Africa; Confucian; race; perception; migrant China; migration; Africa; Confucian; race; perception; migrant
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Petersen, M.; Ali, S. Chinese Migrant Perceptions of Africans: Understanding Confucian Reflexive Politics in Southern Africa. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 172.

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