For those of you that weren’t in Shanghai today, just know that the weather has affected the city’s regular serotonin production in a significant way. Suffice it to say, the day’s lack of sunlight and non-stop gray drizzle means that a great number of us are going to spend the evening moping about indoors, and we have just the perfect thing for it: an hour-long BBC documentary on China’s expansion in Africa!
The Chinese Are Coming (very subtle, chaps), a multi-part series from the BBC hosted by Justin Rowblatt that came out earlier this year, looks at the effect that the Chinese economic engine has had on various continents.
In episode 1, Rowblatt visits Africa to see how China’s economic involvement is changing the lives of ordinary Africans, for both better and worse. He visits Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia to understand the situation on the ground, and gets subjected to the ‘Please stop filming!’ hand-in-front-of-the-camera routine, and even has time for some universal humanity lolz.
Or, if you’re more into curling up with a book, then we’d suggest the excellent China Safari, the book that served as a foundation text for understanding how China is reshaping the mother continent.
For a list of more documentaries, click here.