As part of their “spectators” series, Netease put out this excellent photo set taken of the “Chinese Pioneers in Africa” (拓荒非洲的中国人) this week. We’ve seen some excellent galleries on the subject before, but not often from Chinese media. These pictures capture the life of the Chinese living in Africa in Côte d’Ivoire, Angola, Zambia, South Africa, and Senegal.
Netease highlights the difficulties of life in Africa for Chinese migrants, including distance from families, differences with locals, corruption, crime, safety, heat, and malaria. One worker, when asked about loneliness, says “The money earned is relatively good, but there is no KTV to sing!”
In the first 8 months of 2011, Chinese investment in Africa has reached over $23 billion USD. Regardless of the hardships, every year thousands of Chinese migrate to Africa in search of business opportunities, and there are more than one million living on the continent today.