Zi Yanyin

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Zi Yanyin
Rikkyo University
College of Intercultural Communication
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Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Nov 2019
part time lecturer, Tsuda College
Sep 2017
Research and Education Coordinator, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University
Mar 2016
Mar 2018
Specially Appointed Researcher, Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Sep 2016
Feb 2017
Research Fellow, Global South Studies Center (GSSC), University of Cologne
Mar 2016
Aug 2016
Visiting Scholar, Centre for African Language Diversity, University of Cape Town

Published Papers

Chinese Merchants in Africa: From Distributors of “Made in China” to Founders of “Designed in China"
Zi Yanyin
Journal of Chinese Overseas Studies   (16) 40-48   Oct 2019   [Invited]
Decoding relationships between Chinese merchants and Batswana shop assistants: The case of China shops in Gaborone
Yanyin Zi and Monageng Mogalakwe
African Study Monographs, Supplementary Issue   54 171-189   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
The China Shop Phenomenon: The Case of Chinese Merchants in Gaborone, Botswana
Zi Yanyin
PULA: Botswana Journal of African Studies   29(1) 33-49   2015   [Refereed]
The ‘Fong Kong’ Phenomenon in Botswana: A Perspective on Globalisation from Below
Zi Yanyin
African East-Asian Affairs   1 6-27   2015   [Refereed]
Zi Yanyin
Journal of Chinese Overseas   11(1) 21-42   2015   [Refereed]

Books etc

Zi Yanyin
Cameroon: Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group   Mar 2017   ISBN:9789956764419
Antonie Chigeda & Yanyin Zi (Part:Joint Editor)
Area Studies Unit, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Kyoto University   2014   ISBN:9784905518099

Conference Activities & Talks

Trust and Commitment in China-Africa Employment Relations
Zi Yanyin
62nd Annual Meeting of African Studies Association   21 Nov 2019   
Role Changes in Chinese Merchants in Africa: From Distributors of “Made in China” to Founders of “Designed in China”
Zi Yanyin
2nd International Conference of JSAS: Enhancing Japan-Africa Connectivity   28 Jul 2019   
Issues Concerning Vocational Training in the Asian Companies in South Africa: A Case Study of Chinese Manufacturing Company X
Zi Yanyin
The 56th Annual Conference of the Japan Association for African Studies   18 May 2019   
Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese Business Upgrades
Zi Yanyin
Voice for the Future: African Area Studies in a Globalizing World   2 Dec 2017   
Everyday lives of Chinese in Botswana
Zi Yanyin
27 Jun 2017   University of Vienna
Decoding Intergroup Relations in Employment in Southern Africa
Zi Yanyin
Africa-China: Business and Migration   12 Jan 2017   University of Cologne
Chinese Investment in Africa: Ground Level Interaction Matters
Zi Yanyin
African-Asian Encounters (III) Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives   30 Sep 2016   
China shop as an unauthorized nation brand in Botswana
Zi Yanyin
The 2016 Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Conference   18 Aug 2016   Aga Khan University
Unveiling the Mask of Batswana Customers: We Don’t Like China Shops But We Still Need Fong Kong Goods
Zi Yanyin
9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas   7 Jul 2016   University of British Columbia
Decoding Labor Issues between Chinese Employers and Batswana Employees: The Case of a China Shop in Gaborone
Zi Yanyin
Southern Africa Beyond the West: Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries & the Global South   29 Aug 2015   Southern African Institute for Policy and Research
Live as a Chinese Merchant in Africa: A Case of Botswana
Zi Yanyin
“African Studies meet Asian Studies” Second Asian Conference on African Studies   3 May 2014   Japan Association for African Studies. Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
The Mobility of China Shop in Botswana: A Double-Edged Sword for Surviving Business
Zi Yanyin
1st International Conference of Africa-Asia Development University Network–Africa’s Asian Options   12 Mar 2014   the University of Malaya
Factors influencing business frictions between Chinese merchants and their local workers in Botswana
Zi Yanyin
Social Transition and Its Impact on Southern Africa   17 Jan 2014   Kyoto University
Coping with Friction in a Saturated Market: A Case of China Shop in Botswana
Zi Yanyin
8th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas   17 Aug 2013   Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman


field research in South Africa
Mar 2016 - Today
field research in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
Sep 2011 - Today

Research Grants & Projects

Qualitative Research on Human Resource Development in Asian Companies in South Africa
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): Yanyin Zi
Network formation for reconstructing the paradigm of African Area Studies in a globalizing world
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Vitalizing Brain Circulation
Project Year: Mar 2016 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Ikeno Jun

Social Contribution

Kyoto Prefecture Friendship Ambassadors
[Contribution]  京都府府庁  Jun 2007 - Today