Ching Kwan Lee is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in global and comparative issues work, globalisation, political sociology, development of the global south, comparative ethnography, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Africa. She has published three monographs on China, forming a trilogy of Chinese capitalism through the lens of labour and working class experiences: Gender and the South China Miracle (1998), Against the Law (2007), and The Specter of Global China (2017).
Over the past decade, China’s increasing presence on the African continent has been a source of global debate, excitement, and anxiety. In her new book The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa (Chicago University Press, 2017), Ching Kwan Lee draws on six years of in-depth fieldwork to ask a new set of questions.