From­stranger toad­mirer

A Chi­nese agron­o­mist’s three-year stint in Nige­ria taught him how to go from “cul­ture shock” to “cul­ture ap­pre­ci­a­tion”

ChinAfrica - - Lifestyle -

UN­LIKE most Chi­nese agron­o­mists work­ing in Africa, 41-year-old aqua­cul­ture ex­pert Wang Da­jun, who goes by the pen name Bo Wen, did not con­fine him­self to purely tech­ni­cal mat­ters on his mis­sion to Nige­ria.

In his re­cently pub­lished book, The Thou­sand and One Nights in Africa, a col­lec­tion of ex­cerpts from his diary writ­ten dur­ing his stay in the coun­try in 2004-07, he de­tails his many en­coun­ters with lo­cal peo­ple.

In fact, by ob­serv­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the lo­cal peo­ple, Bo was able to go be­yond stereo­types about Africa and made up his own mind about Nige­ria, even­tu­ally fall­ing in love with Nige­rian cul­ture.

But such un­der­stand­ing did not come eas­ily. In such a dis­tant and cul­tur­ally dif­fer­ent coun­try, he also ex­pe­ri­enced cul­ture shock dur­ing the ini­tial days of his mis­sion. with lo­cal peo­ple was a great help in my work in the coun­try,” he added.

In ad­di­tion, he also ad­vised his Chi­nese col­leagues that they have to adapt their mind­set. “Since we were work­ing in Nige­ria, we must get used to lo­cal ways of do­ing things,” he said, ad­ding that this at­ti­tude made him feel much more com­fort­able work­ing with his Nige­rian col­leagues.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.