The Centre for Chinese Studies

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS), at Stellenbosch University, serves as the most prominent and high quality point of reference for the study of China and East Asia on the African continent.

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Beyond China Towns: New Chinese Spaces in Africa


25 January 2016   

China Towns have for long been cordoned areas dedicated to the preservation of Chinese culture and routine. They were mostly commercially-oriented, lined with restaurants and shops serving authentic Chinese products and services in a far way country. They often also doubled as residential areas for the earlier generations of the Chinese diaspora. But as increasing numbers of Chinese people move overseas—as students, sojourners, contractual workers, businessmen or immigrants—Chinese spaces are becoming increasingly mainstream with China Towns relegated to the category of ‘quaint’ experiences. Special economic zones, smart cities, industrial clusters, tourist parks, and residential communities—these are the latest mainstream forms in which private Chinese companies now populate investment in countries across Africa, as well as in other parts of the globe. Contrary to China Towns, these spatial formations, though still Chinese creations, do not exude any Chinese cultural experiences. These are more spaces of convenience which have been built with a purpose and in line with a strategy. [Continue Reading]

By Dr Honita CowaloosurHonita Cowaloosur
Visiting Scholar
Centre for Chinese Studies
Stellenbosch University


CCS in the Media

CCS in the Media

South Africa and China: Behind the smoke and mirrors – The Conversation

11 January 2016

When it comes to the global political economy, no one “talks left and walks right” more than China, a dominant player in global capitalism. South African and Chinese aspirations have much in common.

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South Africa and China: lessons on how to balance conservation and tourism – The Conversation

09 December 2015

China and South Africa are among the 17 countries that carry more than 70% of the world’s species, making it important for them to preserve plant and animal biodiversity in their territories. Although South Africa is eight times smaller than China, there are important lessons the two countries can share.

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“Chinese industrialisation in Africa” – Business Report

30 November 2015

The transition of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) toward a market economy over the past 30 years has been intimately bound to its global “going out” strategy. The stratospheric rise of the PRC’s manufacturing industry during this period, coupled with domestic, state-led development in construction and infrastructure, has demanded massive quantities of raw materials.

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