Howard French

OSI-New York
September 2010-December 2011

Veteran New York Times correspondent Howard French wrote an in-depth, journalistic account of the dramatic increase in Chinese migration to Africa in the past decade. His book, to be published in 2013, explores the actual and potential impact of migration in three key economic sectors: agriculture, industry, and commerce.

By telling the stories of the workers themselves—and the African communities where they now reside—French identifies ways for African civil society to maximize the benefits of Chinese migration, mitigate the pitfalls, and safeguard the rights of Africans and Chinese alike.

French served as the Times bureau chief for West Africa, Japan and the Koreas, Central America and the Caribbean, and China from 1990 until 2008. He is currently an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa, published in 2004, he is also an accomplished documentary photographer. His most recent book, Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life, was published in 2012.