[WITH VIDEO]: Chinese history in South Africa

The second day of in-depth did not prove very productive to my disappointment. I came into the newsroom  today with the intention to do the most today however things crumbled to pieces.

I sit here in the newsroom at the end of the day writing this blog post with tired eyes and brain storming ways in which I can make tomorrow better. The Chinese in Johannesburg topic is one which is going to require major in-depth research and therefore perfect for what is expected from us in this course.

Today however, I did manage to email my source Mr Pon. He had asked me to send him an email in which I stated exactly what my project was about and what research I wanted to conduct on him and his family with supporting evidence of why I wanted to do this research with his family in particular. I did so as soon as I walked into the door this morning. H e has not gotten back to me but I understand he is a busy man, I plan on calling him first thing in the morning.

I also had to do research of my own today on the history of how the Chinese people came to South Africa. There is a long history indeed which dates back to the early 1600’s, to my surprise. However, the nutgraph of the history started in the early 1900’s, a whole three centuries later when the Chinese people came to South Africa as migrant labourers.

A picture of the immigant Chinese labourers who came to South Africa in the early 1900's. Photo: Provided

A picture of the immigant Chinese labourers who came to South Africa in the early 1900’s. Photo: Provided

I am yet to finish up my reading on this history as it so detailed and long, but interesting nonetheless. Good thing is, I am educating myself in the process of compiling this  report on something I would have never before even thought of investigating and learning of. The video attached to the post is something I found on youtube today when I was trying to learn how to say the basic things in Mandarin. It is quite fascinating.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day as we are pitching our multimedia ideas to our lecturers in the morning and then we plan on going to the Oriental plaza in Bruma, east of Johannesburg. This should be a great place to get some great photos of Chinese culture. I also plan on talking to people and trying to find another Chinese family to speak to about their family history and how they landed in South Africa.

Its tough but very challenging and informative. This is journalism and I love it. It teaches you to be tolerant and aware of what is happening in your surroundings as well as understanding why the things in your surroundings are there. I know by the end of this in-depth project I will not view Chinese culture in Johannesburg the same way, but in a better and more informative way. I will be able to tell anyone who asks the whole story about the Chinese immigration and why it is still a thriving culture in South Africa.

And this is what it is all about!!!!


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