‘Africa Week’ in Beijing aims to dismantle Africa-China clichés


A week of events, including panel discussions and performances, to promote understanding of Africa in China and spark dialogue.

 

How do Chinese perceive Africa and Africans? How do others perceive Chinese perceptions of Africa and Africans? Certain headline-grabbing events in the past year may have given people a warped perspective: an exhibition in Wuhan compared Africans to animals; a festival gala featured a Chinese actress pretending to be a black woman singing the praises of Chinese “saviors”; and the film Wolf Warrior 2, which propagated the narrative of an ailing and war-torn continent dependent on the help of intrepid Chinese soldiers. Just to name a few.

But in Beijing, a group of students and young professionals are seeking to instill nuance into public perception and…

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