In December 2012, the newspaper China Daily Africa Weekly was launched as the first English-language newspaper published in Africa by a Chinese media enterprise. China Daily Africa Weekly is the latest addition to the state-run China Daily family that consists of the parent paper China Daily, which is published since 1981 in Mainland China; China Daily Hong Kong, which was founded in 1997; China Daily USA which was launched in 2009; and three other weekly editions.
When I first discovered that masses of Vietnamese people are migrating from remote rural areas of Vietnam to a place as exotic as Angola, I became curious to explore the motivations and destinies linked to this unexpected phenomenon. Consequently, in August and September 2013, we dedicated the first phase of field work of the AFRASO-subproject African-Asian Migration and Development to further investigate this topic.
Anthropologist Prof. Sasaki Shigehiro from Nagoya University gave a lecture on African migrants in Japan. Some of the intriguing points of his talk and the subsequent discussion will be summarized here and related to reflections on mobility and migration.
At the University of Nottingham, PhD students in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (Tracey Fallon) and the School of Politics and International Relations (Phil Roberts and Jon Marshall) organized a postgraduate conference on Rising Powers in the Global Political Economy on 5-6 July 2013.
Within the scientific community, the debate about access to research results and the dominance of the main publishing houses has been an ongoing issue in the last years: “You are what and where you publish” in the academic system of the 21st century...