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September 14, 2023

China in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century African Literature

A Book Talk by Duncan M. Yoon

Event Series: Other Initiative Events

"Africa Hi Fi Part 2" mural by Rahmaan Statik and Stash Maleski. Terence Faircloth/Flickr

China in Twentieth-and Twenty-First-Century African Literature (2023) unpacks the complexity of exchanges between Africans and Chinese as far back as the Cold War and beyond. In this new work on cultural representations, Duncan M. Yoon examines the controversial symbol of China in African literature. Each chapter focuses on a different genre and draws out themes like resource extraction, diaspora, gender, and race. Yoon demonstrates how African creative voices grapple with and make meaning out of the possibilities and limitations of globalization in an increasingly multipolar world.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Africa-China Initiative, English Department, the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, and the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, as well as Howard University's Center for African Studies.


Duncan M. Yoon is an assistant professor at New York University’s Gallatin School.

Mingwei Huang (respondent) is an assistant professor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Dartmouth College.

Phiwokuhle Mnyandu (respondent) is a lecturer in the Department of African Studies and assistant director of the Center for African Studies at Howard University.

Nicole Rizzuto (respondent) is an associate professor in the English Department at Georgetown University.

Light refreshments were served after the main event.