Award winning photojournalist Paolo Woods joined the Council last night to share a stunning visual account of the economic, social, and environmental impact of Chinese investment in Africa. His photographs, published in the recently translated book China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa, reveal a lesser-known story of Chinese economic success and uncover how “Made in China” has become increasingly synonymous with “Extracted in Africa.” Woods’ photographs also highlight Chinese contributions to infrastructure and development across the continent where colonial powers before them had failed. Perhaps the most intriguing photographs in the series are those that capture everyday life of Chinese in Africa. Despite the success of economic cooperation, social and cultural isolation persists. A full video recording of the program, including Paolo Woods’ complete series and commentary, is now avaliable here on our online archive. Below is one of the amazing photographs from China Safari and a quick video clip of the event.
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