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Serge Michele is West Africa correspondent for the French newspaper Le Monde. Michel Beuret is Foreign Editor of the prominent Swiss magazine l'Hebdo. Paolo Woods is an award-winning photojournalist. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Stern, Le Monde, Geo, and many other international publications.www.PaoloWoods.net
A significant book that insightfully examines China's role in Africa, China Safari reveals not only the complexities of Chinese immigration to Africa, but also the political rivalries that result from it. While much scholarship has focused on the economic and political context, European-based journalists Michel, Beuret, and Woods emphasize the day-to-day social and cultural interactions and relationships that are often excluded in such analyses of Chinese-African relations. Through in-depth interviews with Chinese sojourners and Africans, the book reveals Africa as the new "Wild West" frontier for China; Africa is experiencing exploitation of its resources in a way reminiscent of its colonial past. Paradoxically, as African countries such as Zimbabwe, Congo, and Sudan are willingly dependent on Chinese capital to sustain their economies, the Chinese laborers there face increasing anti-Chinese crimes-robbery, blackmail, and personal violence-particularly led by opposition political parties and civil society groups. VERDICT Recommended for all interested readers.-Allan Cho, Univ. of British Columbia Lib., Vancouver Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
USA Today "Through a witty narrative that at times becomes a first-person travelogue, the authors entertain while educating, revealing in the process the absurdities that come with reporting on the ground in Africa...[A]n admirable contribution to a story with broad geopolitical implications." Library Journal "A significant book that insightfully examines China's role in Africa, China Safari reveals not only the complexities of Chinese immigration to Africa, but also the political rivalries that result from it...Recommended for all interested readers." New York Times "China Safari is a fascinating, provocative work of firsthand reporting that illuminates an important global economic story." Washington Times "China Safari tackles an important and largely underreported topic with an engaging and lively verve...Mr. Michel and Mr. Beuret make an important contribution, without passing judgment, toward our understanding of China's intentions in Africa."