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Li, Hangwei and Shi, Xuefei (2019) 'Home Away From Home: The Social and Political Roles of Contemporary Chinese Associations in Zambia.' Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 48 (2). pp. 148-170.

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This article examines the social and political roles of contemporary Chinese associations in Africa with case studies from Zambia. These associations help Chinese migrants better integrate and promote China’s image in Zambian society. More importantly, they proactively engage in bilateral political relations, working with the embassy and state apparatus, defending China’s overseas interests, and providing public goods to the Chinese community. We argue that, because of the associations, Chinese migrants in Zambia are politicised beyond the fact of their living in economic enclaves. Contemporary Chinese associations should thus be recognised as a significant actor and an indispensable intermediary in the rapid evolution of China–Africa relations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Chinese associations, Chinese migrants, Africa, Zambia, China–Africa
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Doctoral School
ISSN: 18684874
Copyright Statement: article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 12:45

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