Bandung Asia Africa Conference - April 1955 As an Africa Center based in Asia, we are always thinking and researching on the connection of Africa and Asia over the centuries. From as early as the times of the Silk Road that is estimated to have started around the 2nd Century BCE, until today, there has been a constant exchange between the peoples of these two continents.
Afro Future Our upcoming African Spear Magazine is on ‘the Afro-future’. This has - as you can image - lead to us thinking more about the future of Africa, Africans and also our own future here at the Africa Center.
At the Africa Center Hong Kong, one of our main missions is to Black Consciousness. We understand that this is a vast and versatile mission that needs to be tackled in stages. Hence, we are seeking to briefly address the forgotten and/or neglected wealth, depth and versatility of African hair here.
As you all know, the Africa Center is located in the heart of Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui region. By virtue of the work that is done by the center in Hong Kong and in Asia as a whole, we are bound to facilitate fusions between African and Asian culture on every level of our work.
We believe many of you know that the size of Africa that we see on several maps is distorted to make Africa look smaller without fully encapsulating its land mass. The most common justification for this distortion is that there is a difficulty getting the round 3D earth onto a flat 2D map. Although this may hold some water, there are many maps such as the one below that are more accurate in their depictions of the land size of Africa.
The phrase 'education is key' is constantly evoked, especially when talking about 'solving the problems' of Africa. This education is institutional (that is it is found in schools and universities) and it is something that is expected to be given to children, making them more responsible and useful citizens.
This past weekend, on the 19th of June Black people across the globe celebrated Juneteenth. So what really is Juneteenth about? The word Juneteenth is a bled of the word June and nineteenth. It celebrates the abolition of slavery under the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation under president Lincoln. The 19th of June 1865 was the day that this proclamation was belatedly announced in Texas.
It is June again and that means here in Hong Kong it is Pride month. Whenever this month rolls around we brace ourselves for the conversations that are going to be had within our communities, and in specific the African community. The argument that often heard when on this topic is that pride/ queerness/ homosexuality/ etc is ‘not African’.