Gallery: Chinese presence in Soweto

South Africa has recently seen a wave of Chinese foreign nationals choosing Soweto as an area of trade. However, the Chinese have historically been in Soweto since the townships founding. These are the some of the  images, courtesy of Google map which represent where the Chinese are located in Soweto.

In depth day 8: I almost became an in depth casualty

Sometimes journalists are told to not take no for an answer and be persistent, even though the situation does not seem fruitful. Even though different situations do not look or work in your favour, you must just push, until you get whatever outcome initially envisaged. Today, I became that journalist who walked the talk and…

In depth day 8: My escapism

When tempers flare and my heart rate increases due to the stress courtesy of  the in depth topic,  China in Africa topic, frivolous videos like the one inserted are a much needed aid. This video is from the movie, the help which also cracked an Oscar nomination.  Full blog post on day 8 of in…

In depth day 5: Thank God for Google Translate

After five days of struggling to communicate with sources for the China in Africa in depth project, I’ve finally found a solution to the language barriers. This week while working in the field, I struggled to get my messages across to potential Chinese sources, as they were proficient in Mandarin and not English. The latter…

In depth day 4: An expert puts things into perspective

Today I managed to get a better understanding of the Chinese Diaspora in Johannesburg and specifically in Soweto. The long and short of it is that Chinese people from different economic scales chose different areas to build a life for themselves. While more educated and wealthy Chinese people chose more upmarket and affluent areas in…

In depth day 3: China in Soweto, a reality

Today marked my first interview with a source for my Chinese locals in Soweto story, in light of the pending in depth project. My progression over the past three days has been slow, as I had a different strategy than my counterparts going in to this project. While I had nothing substantial beyond confirmed sources,…