Against the background of China's rapidly growing, and sometimes highly controversial, activities in Africa, this book is among the first of its kind to systematically document Sino-African interactions at the everyday level.

Based on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork at two contrasting sites in Lusaka, Zambia—a Chinese state-sponsored educational farm and a private Chinese family farm—Di Wu focuses on daily interactions among Chinese migrants and their Zambian hosts. Daily communicative events, e.g. banquets, market negotiations, work-place disputes, and various social encounters across a range of settings are used to trace the essential role that emotion/affect plays in forming and reproducing social relations and group identities among Chinese migrants. Wu suggests that affective encounters in everyday situations—as well as failed attempts to generate affect—should not be overlooked in order to fully appreciate Sino-African interactions.

Deeply researched and with rich ethnographic detail, this book will be relevant to scholars of anthropology, international development, and others interested in Sino-African relations.

chapter |42 pages


chapter 1|30 pages

The tone of encounters

Strangers, anxiety and everyday exclusivism

chapter 2|30 pages

Interactional affection

Suspicion and sustainability of voluntary cooperation

chapter 3|30 pages

Emotional labour

Leadership, dependency and everyday work relations

chapter 4|26 pages

Ethical qualia

Role ethics and the moral transformation of young Chinese migrants

chapter 5|34 pages

Speaking with affect

Speech capital, situational affect and daily (mis)communication

chapter |23 pages