The ‘quiet community’ of Chinese in South Africa


The Chinese community in South Africa is one of the oldest and largest in Africa. But even though the history of Chinese migrants in the country dates back to the 1800s, most people in South Africa still know very little about this population. In this China Africa Podcast, Barry van Wyk of the Africa-China Reporting Project at the University of Witwatersrand talks about the “quiet community” of Chinese spread throughout South Africa.

One of the issues raised in the podcast is the opening of “Chinese Community and Police Cooperation Centers” around South Africa. These are a collaboration between local Chinese community organizations and the South African police, with the support of the Chinese Embassy. For more on this topic, see Folks concerned after China opens 13th police station in South Africa in the Atlanta Black Star.