The African leaving their dreams in China produced by thisisafrica.me

Sierra Leonean Mariatu Kargbo is best known as a competitor in the 2009 Miss World pageant. She has lived in China for 5 years and in that time has established a strong connection with the place and people. But what's unusual about her is that she has achieved something no other foreigner living in the middle kingdom has been able to do: she became the first foreigner to have the honour of performing the ancient Chinese dance Bian lian. Foreigners and women are not usually allowed to learn Bian lian, so it took several failed attempts before Mariatu finally won the heart of a Bian Lian teacher willing to instruct her in the art.

Gabonese Luc Bendza is affectionately referred to by the Chinese as the “African Bruce Lee” due to his Kung fu and Wushu martial arts skills. Starring in big budget Chinese films, Luc has won the respect of the Chinese entertainment industry for his throws, kicks, punches and dedication to the Kung fu way. He's appeared in 20 Chinese films to date, the latest of which is the soon-to-be-released Jackie Chan vehicle CZ12, aka Chinese Zodiac.

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