The Birth of a Ugandan Chinatown

May 16th, 2008 Posted in Photo Stories | No Comments »

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A Ugandan employee of  a small Chinese company  on Williams Street in Kampala carries the child of his employer, as another man passes by in the crowded street.

There is no “Chinatown” in Kampala, but Williams Street has a growing cluster of Chinese shops. Also, Chinese are a very new Asian guest in Uganda, Compared with Indians and Japanese. But when we walked along Williams Street, people  smiled at us, said or shouted ,”Ni hao, China!” So our individual names have disappeared and all of our group members’ names are “China.” Yes, I am China; we are welcomed here.   

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Buganda Nation

May 16th, 2008 Posted in Photo Stories | No Comments »

Looked at in one way, the story of modern political Africa is the story of powerful ethnic groups and how those ethnic groups have adapted to the national boundaries that were largely forced upon them by colonial powers.

In Uganda, the largest and most powerful tribe is the Buganda nation, making up nearly 20% of a nation of 28 million. Uganda, Swahili for Buganda, became the name of the country. Kampala and the area around it make up the historical area of the Buganda kingdom. The kings of Uganda came from the Buganda nation, and the tribe still has a great deal of power.

The current president, however,  Yoweri Museveni is a member of the  Nyankole nation, and currently there is a dispute over land between the Buganda and the national government.

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The Kasubi Tombs, traditional palace and burial place of the Buganda kings. Currently there are four kings buried beneath the main structure, featured here. 

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Kampala Hills

May 14th, 2008 Posted in Photo Stories | No Comments »

There are seven hills in Kampala. Nearly every hilltop is occupied by some fantastic architectures which represent different parts of Ugandan culture.  For instance, the Bahai temple in Kampala  is  the only one in the whole Africa.  What was more surprising was the great gap between rich and poor which exists  in the top and  bottom of the hills. The top of the hills are seemed like peaceful paradises. However, when we arrived in some flat areas, the markets turned noisy and the traffic was chaotic because there weren’t any traffic lights there. Most flat areas are inhabited by poorer people. traffic.jpg Read the rest of this entry »

Journey in Pictures

May 13th, 2008 Posted in Photo Stories | 3 Comments »