Talk Africa: China’s youth in Africa

The panel agrees the hospitality of the local people is one thing that stands out most. And as Yating points out most conversations are not dominated by China-Africa issues but social issues like in her case ladies issues. For Joany the teamwork nature of her work accelerates bonding and she says she regards her Kenyan team members as actual family while Yuan is really amazed by the effort his students put into learning Chinese. Interaction with Kenyans follows a similar process path for the three with them being met with typical expectations like knowing kung fu, China’s trademark form of martial arts but later it gets more friendly and warm.

In the second part of this episode on Chinese youth in Africa, the panel compares the older Chinese generations’ motives for coming to Africa versus the young and it’s clear the older generations’ main focus was investment while the young are interested in finding new experiences. The flow of information fuelled by the internet and mainstream media interventions has cleared many traditional impressions in Africa and may probably explain young Chinese people’s growing population in Africa. Joany says understanding is the main thing that arises from the interaction and finds the slow but steady ‘hakuna matata’ attitude of Kenyans really effective.