Taiwanese Migrants and Apartheid: Learning About and Making Sense of Racial and Racist Discourse and Practices in Apartheid South Africa

Prof Kenneth Claude Jubber,
Yu-Hua Pai
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Based on interviews with a sample of Taiwanese migrants who came to South Africa during the Apartheid years, this paper describes the race ideas and race discourse of the migrants before their arrival in South Africa. It deals with their learning about Apartheid, its ideology and practical implications. The world-view with which the migrants arrived in SA and which they initially used to make sense of Apartheid and South Africa's race categories and race discourse is re-constructed. Their post-arrival experiences and current views and discourse regarding "race" and the Apartheid system and ideology are then discussed.

Keywords: Race Discourse, Apartheid, Taiwanese Migrants, Taiwanese Migrants and Apartheid, Taiwanese Migrants and Race Discourse
Stream: Race and Racism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Taiwanese Migrants and Apartheid

Prof Kenneth Claude Jubber

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town
South Africa

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Editor of the South African Sociological Association's official journal "Society in Transition" from 1999-2004. Have served as president of the SA Sociological Association and been on the council for many years. Main teaching interests are: Social theory, philosophy of social science, research methods, and cognitive sociology. Main research interests are: social theory; human biology and culture; the sociology of the body; migration and cognitive change.

Yu-Hua Pai

Research Assistant, University of Cape Town
South Africa

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