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Weixuan He 

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What if a M.E.G.A. China 


Many migrant traders in China, with relatively small capitals and high mobility, create and maintain business activities across national boundaries. Such ‘transnational entrepreneurialism’ is reshaping the urban local structures of Chinese cities, creating socio-spatial patterns of pluralism and heterogeneity. Guangzhou, the third-largest Chinese metropolitan city attracts foreign newcomers seeking fortune, among which a large number are from African countries who play extraordinary roles in the trade of ‘globalization from below’ between China, Africa, and other parts of the world, which is stimulated by the industries of ‘world factory’ and “Made in China” goods. Their main gathering area in Guangzhou is called “the Chocolate City” as a Sino-African economic zone, closely related to the urban Dengfeng village.

This project proposes an innovative urban framework and migrant entrepreneurship growth agenda (M.E.G.A) for preserving the established socio-economic network between Chinese and immigrants in the “Chocolate City”. The regeneration strategy of the hub under the flyover is to attract business innovations of immigrant entrepreneurs, provide socio-spatial resources, and boost the economic and social matrix in all areas within China-Africa trade.


Guangzhou, China



Weixuan He 

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