The moral panic ovar Chinese in Egypt

Jessica Winegar*

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Male coffee shop patrons in the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Zamalek were treated to the sight of young Chinese women in miniskirts circulating to hand out brochures for a new massage parlor on a brisk autumn evening in 2010. Since it was widely presumed that Chinese women would not expect a dowry, they were seen as bargain brides during the economically desperate Mubarak years, when a slew of state and media reports suggested that Egyptian men were delaying marriage because they could not afford the high costs of dowry and establishing a home. Structural adjustment policies also required changes to tariff laws that made imported goods more competitive. On the eve of the revolution in 2011, Egypt was China's third largest export market in Africa, and China was the second largest supplier of foreign goods to Egypt after the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalMiddle East Report
Issue number270
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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