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The Construction of ‘Otherness’: A History of the Chinese Migrants in South Africa

  • Karen L. Harris
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

This chapter presents a micro-narrative of the Chinese in South Africa highlighting a multifaceted othering that is integral to such a diverse cultural societal mix. It adopts an achronological approach by beginning in the wake of the new democratic dispensation and traverses back through four distinct political epochs of the South African past. It reflects on the indelible ‘otherness’ and perpetual ‘othering’ of the small Chinese community in a multicultural, yet racially stratified, South Africa. It thus traverses the full extent of the South African past, emphasizing the extended trajectory of the phenomenon of Chinese otherness.

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  • Karen L. Harris
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  1. 1.Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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