Migration and Diasporas
In recent times deepening political, economic and cultural ties between Africa and Asia suggests the emergence of a multipoloar world in which the Indo-Pacific Afrasia region is becoming a significant player. In the sixty years of Ghana’s independence and forty years of Ghana-Korea relations, Korean migrants seem to have “settled” in especially the port city of Tema where they have set up businesses, lent their names to neighbourhoods, engaged in philanthropic activity and generally contributed to Ghana’s socio-economic and political life. CAS is currently engaged in a research project on these Korean migrants in Ghana. This research attempts to contribute to a deeper, nuanced and variegated understanding of Africa-Asia ties via a peculiar and rare examination of Ghana-Korea relations within the framework of Africa-Asia relations, migration, settlement, globalization, citizenship and identity formation (cultural hybridization). This roundtable will provide preliminary feedback from the field and serve as a platform for information sharing on the practical realities on researching on Asia in Africa in particular and similar research undertakings by Asianist scholars in elsewhere.