How Chinese New Media Portrays Africa

  • Shubo Li
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)


The Chinese online space is a social institution utterly different from yet complementary to Chinese state-owned media houses. Chapter 8 is devoted to social media and how Chinese people living in China express their perceptions of Africa through online writing and posting. The chapter posits that online discourses can be viewed as embedded in a greater dialog on negotiating national identity under globalization. Also explored are the ways in which the community of African traders living in Guangzhou has been portrayed in the Chinese online space. Contrasted with the official narratives on the China–Africa partnership in the Chinese media, resentment against the African diaspora in China found in online forums and social media is epidemic. The chapter establishes a general condition of racism and anti-racism in the Chinese web related to Africans in China, and gauges the impact cyber racism has for China–Africa relations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shubo Li
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)BergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Media and CommunicationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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