China's Second Continent

How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

An account of China's presence in Africa, an empire shaping the future of millions of people.

By Howard French Read by Don Hagen Nonfiction / Politics / Social Science English, Unabridged 10h 32m Sell Sheet
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9 Audio CDs April 26, 2016 $59.99 $47.99 9781520019628 Add to Cart
2 MP3 CDs April 26, 2016 $29.99 $19.99 9781520019635 Add to Cart
							A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in  Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned  to tell the story of China in Africa. Through meticulous on-the-ground  reporting—conducted in Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, among other  languages—French crafts a layered investigation of astonishing depth and  breadth as he engages not only with policy-shaping moguls and diplomats, but  also with the  ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of  cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity forged by this seismic  geopolitical development. With incisiveness and empathy, French reveals the  human face of China’s economic, political, and human presence across the  African continent—and in doing so reveals what is at stake for everyone  involved.

“China’s trade with Africa has grown dramatically…But China’s investments…are less significant for this rapidly evolving relationship, according to this 15-country survey by veteran African correspondent French, than the significant flow of new Chinese immigrants—often pushed out by the pressure and oppression back home as much as lured by opportunity. In vivid first-person reportage, French explores this momentous phenomenon, while challenging assumptions about China and Chinese immigrants…The book will appeal to students of China and Africa, and anyone interested in the shifting contours of the global economy and its geopolitical consequences.” - Publishers Weekly

“Extraordinary…French delves into the lives of some of the one million-plus Chinese migrants he says are now building careers in Africa…and the stories [he] tells are fascinating.” - The New York Times Book Review