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How Three African Rappers are Forging a New Home In China

The documentary China Remix explores the the city of Guangzhou, which is home to a large african population.

Image via China Remix's Facebook page.

Local taxi drivers refer to it as “chocolate city”—the Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to Asia’s largest diasporic African community, and it’s only been growing since airlines first established direct flights between African countries and China in 2008. Estimates of the local African immigrant population in Guangzhou range widely from 20,000 to 200,000. The community suffers from stereotypes that cast African immigrants as economic opportunists, but a new documentary intends to subvert that narrative with the stories of three African rap artists—Dibaocha Sky, Ivan Manivoo, and Flame Ramadan—struggling to make it in the city. China Remix depicts their confrontations with anti-black prejudice, their battles with immigration and deportation laws, and their attempts to forge a new life in a new place.

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How Speedy Buses Totally Changed China's Third Largest City

What can American transportation experts learn from China's cities? A heck of a lot, actually.

This is a guest post from Dani Simons, Director of Communications for the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. Before joining ITDP, Simons worked for the New York City Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives, NYC's best advocate for bicycling, walking, and public transit.

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Guangzhou, China, Wins Sustainable Transport Award Guangzhou, China Wins ITDP Sustainable Transport Award for Bus Rapid Transit System

Guangzhou's kick-ass bus system helped it win the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award. No American city was even in the running.

Guangzhou, China beat out Tehran, Lima, Peru, and several other cities to win the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation Development Policy.

Guangzhou won for a successful and highly popular bus rapid transit system that integrates with wide, tree-lined bike lanes, a bike share program, and metro stations. It is "raising the bar for all cities," according to the ITDP that gives the award every year.

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