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Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia

Miriam Driessen


Tales of Hope and Tastes of Bitterness sheds light on Chinese-led development from below, revealing its contested nature. Zooming in on everyday encounters between Chinese managers and Ethiopian laborers on a road construction site in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, the book shows that Ethiopians define Chinese-led development as much as they are defined by it. By mobilizing civic and legal authorities, Ethiopian workers have managed to increase their leverage to such a degree that they occasionally outplay Chinese management. On the other hand, Chinese narratives of bitterness reveal that Chinese ... More

Keywords: Mao Zedong, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Roads Authority, Alamata, civilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528042
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam Driessen, author
University of Oxford