China in Africa Lecture Series
Dr. Gregory Veeck and Sokhna H.A. Diop of the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University will present a talk on "“Chinese Engagement with Africa: The Case of Madagascar," as part of the China in Africa lecture series sponsored by the Center for African Development Policy Research and the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. The lecture is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in Brown Hall Room 2028. It is free and open to the public.
Madagascar offers an interesting lens through which to view Chinese relations with many nations in Africa. This presentation is about a case study conducted to assess the complex relationships developing among Chinese and Malagasy residents of Madagascar. While the experiences of the Chinese diaspora in every African nation can be viewed as unique, the goal of this case study is to particularize general trends and patterns of Chinese engagement with citizens and governments on the African continent. The study is based on a limited number of field interviews in Madagascar and content analysis of 41 published articles and more than 330 “blog” comments written in response to these articles.
Dr. Gregory Veeck is a professor of Geography at WMU specializing in agriculture and rural development. He has been visiting and working in China for 26 years. The trip to South Africa and Madagascar in May of 2011 upon which this article is based was his first visit to this part of the world.
Sokhna H.A. Diop is a second year graduate student in geography working on her thesis titled: "Developing a mitigation plan using GIS-based flood analysis for an unplanned urban area in Pikine District, Dakar County, Senegal" (directed by Professor Ben Ofori-Amoah). She is originally from Dakar, Senegal.