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Title:Sojourners to settlers: early constructions of Chinese identity in South Africa, 1879-1949
Author:Park, Yoon JungISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:65
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:201-231
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Chinese
immigrants
social history
1880-1889
1890-1899
1900-1949
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4D19895627E3C8F40B14
Abstract:From the late 1870s until the 1940s, small numbers of Chinese sojourners arrived in South Africa as free immigrants, chasing rumours of gold and wealth and intending to make their fortunes and return to China. They eventually became settlers, the ancestors of today's 'local' Chinese population. The immigrants originated in two areas of China, approximately 400 kilometres apart in Guangdong (Kwangtung) province. Following some background information on Chinese immigrants who came to South Africa as convicts, slaves, artisans and indentured labourers during earlier periods, this paper focuses on the 'local' Chinese, paying attention to their origins, their hostile reception in South Africa, their resistance to discrimination, the constant pull of China throughout their first six to seven decades in South Africa, and the impact of these various factors on the construction of a unique Chinese South African identity. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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