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Johannesburg Has Just Been Invaded by a Million of These

My first trip to South Africa, twenty years ago, was in August when it was rainy and cloudy in Cape Town, but warm and sunny in Johannesburg. With a wet, thick gloomy fog layer hovering overhead, I did not have a chance to appreciate Cape Town, and I thought that Johannesburg was the stunning jewel of …

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China In Africa: How China is Exporting Culture to Influence Africa

At least six dozen children stand at attention as the Buddhist bell rings. In sync they chant, eyes fixed on the Mandarin-inscribed lyric sheet. Barefooted, they then bow to the three large gold-plated statues on the temple altar. It’s the opening scene in “Buddha of Africa”, an in-progress documentary film about a Chinese Buddhist orphanage …

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