Problematic encounters between Chinese nationals and black South Africans in the building industry in Johannesburg, South Africa An intercultural communication analysis

Ganfu Yang (1)
(1) Lian Yungang Teachers’ College, China , China


China’s increased engagement with South Africa presents serious challenges to Chinese construction companies because of allegations about unfair labour practices. This study aimed to identify cultural differences between black South Africans and Chinese and explore the roles of the differences in their problematic encounters in the building industry in Johannesburg. The study concluded that cultural dimensions should receive due consideration when addressing contentious labour relations between Chinese companies and African employees instead of simply observing labour laws, as broadly claimed in political and economic circles.

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Ganfu Yang, Lian Yungang Teachers’ College, China

Yang Ganfu is an associate professor of translation study at Lian Yungang Teachers’ College, China. He has published over 70 articles in different journals in China and in Namibian newspapers. He has studied and worked in Africa for over 15 years. He is a founding member of the Sino-Namibia Study Centre at the University of Namibia. Currently he serves as Director of Africa Studies, Lian Yungang Development Research. In April 2018 he was awarded a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in linguistics at University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Yang, G. (2019). Problematic encounters between Chinese nationals and black South Africans in the building industry in Johannesburg, South Africa An intercultural communication analysis. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 19(1), 1–15.

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