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Chinese medicine in Tanzania

Watch Tanja Hammel interview Andrea Kifyasi about Chinese medical assistance to post-colonial Tanzania from 1960 to 2010.

In this video, Tanja Hammel interviews Andrea Kifyasi, lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, about his PhD thesis on Chinese medical assistance to post-colonial Tanzania.

Historian Andrea Kifyasi provides insights into the post-colonial diplomatic history of Sino-African relations, especially in the field of medical diplomacy. He sheds light on why South-South knowledge exchange and Chinese-Tanzanian collaborations have not attracted more scholarly attention so far.

His focus lies on Sino-African relations, and he gives examples of thriving research in this field. We can better understand Tanzanian history and its relations with China by learning more about his research. His research goes beyond “Theory from the South”.


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