The International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) will be holding a regional workshop on the effects of COVID-19 on the Chinese Diaspora in Europe and Africa.
Assistant Professor Dani Madrid-Morales will be presenting on Kenyan and South African social media users’ engagement with disinformation about China and COVID-19.
The influx of Chinese media, which has been most felt in regional media hubs such as Kenya and South Africa, has been met with a range of responses from African audiences and journalists, ranging from resistance and scepticism to careful consideration and adoption. These prejudices, ingrained biases and scepticism about China’s influence and its media presence in Africa can also be seen in some of the content of disinformation campaigns, rumours and ‘fake news’ circulating in the African online and social media spaces.
This research has been conducted with Professor Herman Wasserman as part of of their project tuned by a research grant from South Africa’s National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The ISSCO Europe and Africa conference will take place on the 5th of December.