A “Transient Neighborhood”: Africans’ Spatial Concentration in Guangzhou, China

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June 16, 2020


Dong Niu, Sainan Lin, Hongsheng Chen and Zhigang Li


This paper argues that the spatial clusters of Africans in Guangzhou is not arbitrary; it is controlled strictly by the state and by the local administrative regime. The authors carry out ethnography and argue that the nature of these clusters differ from the ghettos and immigrant enclaves in typical immigration countries and therefore, the term immigrant neighborhood, which is commonly used in the Global North does not apply in the case of Guangzhou.



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