Suriname, and its pristine environment, has become a pawn in a new Great Game as the balance of power in the Americas shifts from the United States toward China. Wikileaks opens a curtain, briefly, into unseen U.S. diplomatic reactions to an expanding Chinese superpower projecting influence in the Americas in a manner unprecedented since the Soviet/Cold War era.
Chinese immigration in this country of ½ million people has raised great concern among ordinary Surinamese and anti-Chinese racism is increasing.
Documenting the robust immigrant Chinese community and the presence of Chinese companies active in infrastructure and resource exploitation projects may shed light on a quiet struggle for soft power and resource exploitation in the Americas. There is a human element as well. Obtaining opinions through interviews from both the Surinamese public and Chinese immigrant/migrant point of view can begin to gauge the gap in perception.
Funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Extra Voiceover: Noriko Hayashi