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Title:Perceptions of Chinese in Southern Africa:constructions of the 'Other' and the role of memory
Author:Yoon Jung Park
Year:2013
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:56
Issue:1
Pages:131-153
Language:English
Geographic terms:Lesotho
South Africa
Subjects:Chinese
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stereotypes
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2013.9
Abstract:Increasing numbers of Chinese migrants have arrived in southern Africa over the past two decades. Perceptions of and reactions to the Chinese, however, vary from country to country and within countries. This article, based on several years of field and survey research, examines perceptions of Chinese in South Africa and Lesotho. The author argues that in addition to the global context, national political and economic realities, history, and memory shape local perceptions of China and the Chinese people who now reside in these spaces. States and other political actors play a key role in constructions of foreigners. Competition, whether real or perceived, is also important in shaping negative attitudes toward migrants. However, personal interactions and memories can serve as mitigating factors, even in the face of negative news of China or Chinese activities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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