UROP student researchers will work on a longstanding project about links between China and Africa. The project has involved fieldwork in a dozen African countries and the Chinese mainland by co-investigators, Barry Sautman, a political scientist and lawyer at HKUST, and Yan Hairong, an anthropologist at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The main research focuses have been the political economy of China/Africa links, especially Chinese investments, infrastructure building and finance, the grassroots relations between Chinese and Africans in Africa and in China, and the international media treatment of "China-in-Africa." Students will collect and analyze data from blogs, social media, company and NGO reports, newspaper and academic journal articles, etc. They can do the research using Chinese-language or English-language materials or both languages. In 2020, much of the research will be two topics: Chinese loans to African governments for infrastructure projects and Chinese involvement in agribusiness in Africa.
To carry out (mainly) documentary research, principally through our library's electronic databases and the internet.
To learn how to carry out documentary research, working in a team.