Published: Tue Oct 16, 2012
Guangzhou, China, is perhaps not the place most Americans would expect to find a "Chocolate City," but an estimated 100,000 Africans live in the city. Their presence there has helped to enhance that country's economic development.
Former Tennessee Tech University professor Margaret Carol Lee return to campus at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, to discuss Guangzhou's Chocolate City in Derryberry Auditorium in Derryberry Hall.
Lee is the second speaker to participate in TTU's Issues of the African Diaspora series. Her talk will cover the contributions Africans in China have made to the development of economies and trade routes throughout Africa and Asia.
Discussing history is a way to examine the interplay of immigration, entrepreneurship, market mobility and African-Chinese relationships.
Lee is the author of "SADCC: The Political Economy of Development in Southern Africa," and "The Political Economy of Regionalism in Southern Africa." She is also the co-editor of "The State and Democracy in Africa" and "Unfinished Business: The Land Crisis in Southern Africa."
She is an associate professor in the African and Afro-American studies department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Her talk is sponsored by Center Stage. It is free and open to the public.