FORA.tv Speaker - Howard French
Veteran New York Times correspondent Howard French will write an in-depth, journalistic account of the dramatic increase in Chinese migration to Africa in the past decade. His book will explore the actual and potential impact of migration in three key economic sectors: agriculture, industry, and commerce.
By telling the stories of the workers themselvesâ€”and the African communities where they now resideâ€”he expects to identify ways for African civil society to maximize the benefits of Chinese migration, mitigate the pitfalls, and safeguard the rights of Africans and Chinese alike.
French served as the Times bureau chief for West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, Central America and the Caribbean, and China from 1990 until 2008. He is currently an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, published in 2004, he is also an accomplished documentary photographer.
Frenchâ€™s project should provide valuable insights to Open Society Institute programs on migration, economic development, minority rights, and governance, as well as to Africa regional foundations and our developing work on China.
09.19.11 | 01:37:20 min
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