Adaptation of Chinese Immigrants in Zambia

Image: Flickr, Armando Calderón
Image: Flickr, Armando Calderón

Characterizing Chinese as being prone to self-isolation is essentially the same as casting them as ethnocentric—not wanting to associate with locals.

Such statements implicate the Chinese identity as central to this behavior; implicit in this claim is an assumption that other non-indigenous people do not self-isolate. The media frequently takes this approach. Whether Chinese immigrants in Africa integrate or localize in host states is debated in academic circles as well. Some scholars claim that Chinese enterprises have achieved significant localization; others hold that the Chinese tend to live isolated from local society and leave open the reasons for this trend, allowing that ethnocentricity may be a cause.

1 Jan 2017