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ZGBriefs - The Week’s Top Picks, September 4 Issue


Three articles – each looking at China-related migration of one sort or another. Take a look, you will surprised at what you learn.

Video: From Harlem to Shenzhen: One Jamaican-Chinese Woman's Quest to Find Her Family (September 2, 2014, China Real Time)

The folks at China Real Time highlight a documentary film about Paula Wilson Madison, a Jamaican-Chinese woman who sets out on a journey to discover her ancestry:

Growing up in New York's Harlem, Paula Williams Madison knew she had a Chinese grandfather, even though she had never met him.

When people found out, she says, most of them would make comments such as "Really? You don't look Chinese." Others would laugh. Even so, she always intended to track down her mother's father and learn the full story of her multi-ethnic Jamaican-Chinese family.

By the time she found them, her tiny American family had expanded to about 400 living members and a family tree that goes back 3,000 years. A new documentary tells the story of that journey and the discovery of a family that today extends from Shenzhen, China, to Kingston, Jamaica, and Los Angeles, California.

This article includes a video interview with Paula Madison.

You can see a trailer for the film here.

Video: China's 'Sea Turtles' Paddle Home to High-Powered Jobs (September 3, 2014, China Real Time)

The Wall Street Journal published a story this week about Chinese nationals returning home to work for Chinese companies:

After stints in the West, more Chinese nationals are returning to take high-level jobs with domestic companies, lured home by more pay and power. "Sea turtle" or "haigui" in Mandarin, which means Chinese natives who have returned home after stints in the West, are highly prized by Chinese companies because they understand the nuances of Chinese culture and can draw upon Western practices to help their new bosses expand, especially overseas.

The article also features a 4-minute video interview of one of these "sea turtles" who talks about his motivation for returning.

Guangzhou home to largest African expat population in asia, many illegal (September 1, 2014, Nanfang Insider)

It's not often that we hear about immigrants (legal and illegal) in China, but there is a large population of Africans who live in Guangzhou. The Nanfang Insider, an expat magazine, ran an interesting story about this community:

The African community residing in Guangzhou is now the largest in Asia, which is presenting another set of problems for Chinese immigration agents: up to half of the Africans in the city are apparently there illegally, according to a study released by the Guangzhou Developmental Academy of Guangzhou University. The study, released last week, said Guangzhou is now home to more than 200,000 people from Africa, but up to half of them are sanfei foreigners or "three illegals"; that means they either illegally entered, are staying or working illegally in China.

Photo Credit: Madison Media on China Real Time

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