Colour, Confusion and Concessions: The History of the Chinese in South Africa

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Hong Kong University Press, 1996 - History - 510 pages
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For more than 300 years Chinese have been part of the fascinating mix of people who make up the inhabitants of the southern tip of Africa. One of the smallest and most identifiable minority groups in arguably the most race-conscious country in the world, they have not up to now been the focus of serious historical attention. This detailed and descriptive chronological account aims to fill a gap in available histories by providing a comprehensive record of the Chinese in South Africa from the earliest times to the mid-1990s.

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This book was written to ensure that the history of a minority community is not forgotten. It has nearly 150 black and white photographs and many short anecdotes. It is easy to read but is also based on solid research.

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Nguyen Van Thang has worked for the Institute of Anthropology at Vietnam’s Academy of Social Sciences since 1979, where he is the head of the Department of Transborder Ethnographic Studies.

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