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Exploring Social Interactions Between Chinese Immigrants and Corruption in Nigeria

  • Allen Hai Xiao


Based on ethnographic fieldwork on how Chinese immigrants cope with corruption in Nigeria, the chapter sheds light on the socio-cultural implications of Chinese–Nigerian interactions in the context of corruption. Through online chatting and offline gatherings, representations of Nigeria’s corruption by Chinese migrants transfer specific coping strategies across borders. Transnational mobility intensifies the normalisation of corruption in Chinese immigrants’ everyday lives in Nigeria. When the strategies inherent in Chinese guanxi (interpersonal relationship) practices encounters explicit Nigerian corruption, Chinese immigrants adapt strategies to the Nigerian context by employing the instrumentality of guanxi practices, but the incompatible affectivities of interpersonal relationship between Chinese and Nigerians lead to misunderstandings. These social interactions embed Chinese immigration in Nigerian patron-clientism, in which ordinary Nigerians also play a role as agents.


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