Jodie Yuzhou Sun

Jodie Yuzhou Sun

Fudan University, China

Jodie Yuzhou SUN is Senior Lecturer in Modern African and Global History at the Department of History, Fudan University, China and Research Fellow of the International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa. She holds an MSc in African Studies and a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford. Her research interests are modern African history, Cold War history and China-Africa relations. Her first monograph entitled Kenya's and Zambia's Relations with China 1949-2019 was just published by James Currey in January 2023. She is an Executive Board member of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network.

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Third World Crossings: Afro-Asian Travelogues in the Early 1960s
March 3, 2023 | 9:00 AM

The Bandung Conference of 1955 is often described as the beginning of what Vijay Prashad called the “Third World” project. While it is undeniable that intergovernmental gatherings had largely facilitated the political connections between Chinese and African leaders, no less significant in cultivating a heightened Bandung Spirit in the decolonizing world were the “transnational networks”. These platforms allowed a privileged group of writers to travel to Africa. Like an X on a map, crossing marks both a place and a process, an intersection and a journey. This essay aims to explore the multi- dimensional “crossings” of individuals, texts and circulation networks that went beyond national boundaries and the Cold War binary. It argues that travelogues, as both under-explored archives and literary writings, help to reveal the tangible nature of Afro-Asian solidarity, felt through individual encounters and sometimes fragile emotional bonds.