Returning to China last month I shot a couple magazine features. One a commissioned shoot on contemporary Shanghai, another a story on Guangzhou’s Little Africa.
As part of a global diaspora that has come hand-in-hand with globalization, it’s estimated there are as many as 100 000 Africans living in Guangzhou, coming from all corners of the continent.
Mostly concentrated in a couple of the city’s northern suburbs of Yuexiu and Baiyun, many of the African’s are merchants trading in locally produced goods for export back to their African homelands. From several nearby trade markets, they buy products as diverse as clothing, apparel, electronics, building materials and machinery. It’s a thriving community, and one that is indirectly helping to create a merchant class back in Africa.
The combined African populous represents the largest foreign community in Guangzhou, southern China’s largest city. Though by and large while the Chinese have been largely very open and accepting, their presence has nevertheless not been without racial incident.
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