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The project was launched this year in a coun­try where gay sex is il­le­gal, ac­cord­ing to Wei. As it is a sen­si­tive topic in that coun­try, he didn’t re­veal its name.

Ac­cord­ing to Wei, he par­tic­i­pated in an LGBT-themed meet­ing hosted in Africa in 2015. There he talked about Queer Univer­sity with African NGO coun­ter­parts. An NGO in that coun­try then in­vited him to do the train­ings.

The NGO helped bring about 10 par­tic­i­pants. Money came from a for­eign foun­da­tion.

“Step­ping onto the African con­ti­nent is ben­e­fi­cial for fos­ter­ing mu­tual un­der­stand­ing. Be­fore, it was all about the Western coun­tries spread­ing their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences. But now we can have this South-South talk which en­ables us to see each other,” Wei said. He be­lieves that the ex­change among the devel­op­ing coun­tries is more use­ful as both sides can un­der­stand each other better.

The African peo­ple Wei’s or­ga­ni­za­tion trained felt sur­prised that China had so many ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies to make LGBT-themed vis­ual works. They found that the in­ter­views with gay par­ents were par­tic­u­larly in­struc­tive.

On the other hand, Wei also thinks his un­der­stand­ing about Africa is too limited. He had de­vel­oped a stereo­typ­i­cal view of its poverty and back­ward­ness from the me­dia, but now his opin­ion is chang­ing.

“While gay sex is still il­le­gal, the coun­try’s LGBT NGOs are do­ing more fun­da­men­tal things than us. They are even suc­cess­fully co­op­er­at­ing with some lo­cal hos­pi­tals. The coun­try is like ‘half sea water and half fire,’” he said.

For Wei, it’s im­por­tant to have a cor­rect at­ti­tude to­ward char­ity work in Africa. “In­stead of think­ing of our­selves

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