And China?

While I was working on my PhD thesis, the presence of new migrants from China sparked racial stereotypes of Chinese people in a local newspaper that resonated with those that circulated within and between South Africa, Britain, and the British dominions in the early 1900s. While the editorial written  by one of the staff members of that newspaper presented the new Chinese as lying and cheating people, who are also racist to Black people, he indicated no awareness of the origin of his views. Nevertheless, my invitation to respond to that editorial was the beginning of my research on the “new Chinese” in South Africa. The research has since expanded towards focusing on itinerant African woman traders in China.

 

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