The African Professor Who Speaks Fluent Cantonese and Mandarin

Adams Bodomo, author of Africans in China

Adams Bodomo, the African professor who speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin among other languages, is impressive not only for his multilingual prowess but also for his unique research. While there are numerous studies on the Chinese presence in Africa, there are only a handful of articles that focus on the African presence in China.

Breaking new ground on Africa’s newest Diaspora, Professor Bodomo is the author of the first book-length study on Africans in China. In his forthcoming book, he addresses the crucial question: What is it like to be an African in China?

In his foreword to the book, noted sociologist Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS), states that “the issues covered in this book are remarkable. The lucidity and ease with which the narrative runs is masterly. Bodomo expresses himself and raises issues with simplicity and analytical candour.”

About the author: Adams Bodomo is the director of the African Studies Program at the School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Bodomo has been an invited lecturer at several leading institutions, including Yale University, SOAS, and Peking University. He is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Africans in China: A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications on Africa-China Relations is scheduled to be published in the late spring/early summer of 2012.