• Everywhere in the World there is a Chinatown; in China there is a Khaliltown
    Kareem Rabie

Kareem Rabie, “Wholesale Prayer Clocks,” Yiwu, China, 2015. Digital photograph. Courtesy the author

Everywhere in the World there is a Chinatown; in China there is a Khaliltown is the first work to look at the complex social, economic, and imaginative geographies between the West Bank and China. Since the early 2000s there has been great interest in understanding the presence and role of China in the West Bank. This work is centered on the circulation in between, on economic geographies, and the routes and travels of people, capital, and objects. An online archive of research material, including close readings and object biographies of circulating commodities, complements a book of speculative engagements and, eventually, a series of public programs, actions, and conversations within the West Bank, Israel, and China.

Kareem Rabie is assistant professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. His first book, Palestine is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited: Capital and State Building in the West Bank is forthcoming, spring 2021 through Duke University Press. Before joining the faculty at American University, Rabie was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. In 2014–15 he was based at the University of Oxford as senior researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, and research associate at the Oxford Programme on the Future of Cities. His work has appeared in Triple Canopy and the New Left Review.