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“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

~ Audre Lorde

All the way from London and lost in translation in Beijing, China, Nicole Bonnah comes from a varied journalism background with her main focus being human stories centred around the experiences of ethnic minority groups.

Black Lives in China is a multi-faceted project, spotlighting the ‘black experience’ in the East, through personal story-telling with interviews, articles, photography and film. Her vision is to encapsulate the diverse landscape of African and Diasporic communities in China.

Nicole welcomes your comments and hopes to open up a wide and varied dialogue around the issues of transforming migrant and expat communities in Asia.


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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Akin Jeje

    Hi, Nicole. If your coverage includes Hong Kong, I have a wealth of material to share about both African and Afro-diasporic communities here.


  2. Victor Brown

    Nicole, I wish you and your project the very, very best. I am a 62-yr old African American male who has done a fair amount of international travel though never to China. You have encouraged me to get over my China intimidation factor because I know no Chinese, and seriously consider visiting China. I really hope you are learning Chinese too. If I were a lot younger, I would certainly study it. Again, all the best to you and I will be checking on your progress with your blacks in China project. Again, all the best.

    Victor Brown
    lover of travel and languages


    1. Dear Victor, my apologies for the delayed reply. I’m only now seeing a backlog of messages from readers. I am so thrilled that through my work you now feel encouraged to travel to China – I would gladly be your guide, if you happen to choose Beijing for your first adventure! My mandarin is not up to par, but next year I have decided to dedicated a full year to mastering the language, that currently I only speak a little of. Please do keep in touch and I hope you continue to enjoy following my work. Warmest regards, Nicole.


  3. Abel T. Alemayehu

    Hey. I am an Ethiopian student currently in Guangzhou. I just listened to a talk show you had aith a few colleagues. I think you mentiones some interesting points. I have been living in Guangzhou for the past 7 months and it has been a very eye-opening experience. You have managed to outline quite real situations Africans face in China, but there are still a few significant and visible issues left undiscused. I have not traveled around China much so I can’t say much about other parts. But in Guangzhou the fast increasing African community and the gradual acceptance of the Chinese community towards the former is building a quite unique cultural intermingling.
    All in all I really admire the lengths you went through to shed light on this situation.


    1. Hello Abel, thanks so much for your message and m apologies for not replying sooner – I just came across a few messages from people now. I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast. You’re absolutely right. There is much more that I would have liked to say on the topic and will be returning to Guangzhou soon to continue my research. Perhaps, we could touch base on my next visit. What brought you to Guangzhou? I also agree and am happy that you mentioned this ‘intermingling’ of cultures in the city. Very true and something I would love to explore more. Many thanks. Nicole


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