18 November 2020

China's New Minority

Africans in China, Their Identities and Well-Being

In the past decade relations between China and African countries have transcended from state-level multi-lateral and bilateral exchanges to the micro people to people level. The focus of this webinar is on well-beings of Africans in China. Topics range from psychological distress of Africans in Hong Kong, recent tensions in Guangzhou between African residents and city authorities over perceived discriminatory COVID-19 control measures, and African students’ dream to elevate themselves on the social ladder through further education in China.

Opening: Duncan McCargo, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Moderator: Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki


  • Padmore Adusei Amoah, Lingnan University
    "Psychological Wellbeing in Diaspora Space: A Study of African Economic Migrants in Hong Kong"
  • Obert Hodzi, University of Liverpool
    "Bridging the Asymmetries? African Students’ Mobility to China"
  • Roberto Castillo, Lingnan University
    "Africans in Post-COVID-19 Pandemic China: Is there a Future for China's 'New Minority'?"


  • Hang Kei Ho, University of Helsinki
  • Runya Qiaoan, Palacky University

This event was co-organized by Asian Dynamics Initiative, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Ethnicity (Taylor &Francis), Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University as well as Chinese Studies at the University of Helsinki.