9780821420201-0821420208-Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa (Modern African Writing Series)

Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa (Modern African Writing Series)

ISBN-13: 9780821420201
ISBN-10: 0821420208
Edition: 1
Author: Ho, Ufrieda
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Format: Paperback 248 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780821420201
ISBN-10: 0821420208
Edition: 1
Author: Ho, Ufrieda
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Format: Paperback 248 pages

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Acknowledged authors Ho, Ufrieda wrote Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa (Modern African Writing Series) comprising 248 pages back in 2012. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0821420208 and 9780821420201. Since then Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa (Modern African Writing Series) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Ufrieda Ho’s compelling memoir describes with intimate detail what it was like to come of age in the marginalized Chinese community of Johannesburg during the apartheid era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Chinese were mostly ignored, as Ho describes it, relegated to certain neighborhoods and certain jobs, living in a kind of gray zone between the blacks and the whites. As long as they adhered to these rules, they were left alone.

Ho describes the separate journeys her parents took before they knew one another, each leaving China and Hong Kong around the early 1960s, arriving in South Africa as illegal immigrants. Her father eventually became a so-called “fahfee man,” running a small-time numbers game in the black townships, one of the few opportunities available to him at that time. In loving detail, Ho describes her father’s work habits: the often mysterious selection of numbers at the kitchen table, the carefully-kept account ledgers, and especially the daily drives into the townships, where he conducted business on street corners from the seat of his car. Sometimes Ufrieda accompanied him on these township visits, offering her an illuminating perspective into a stratified society. Poignantly, it was on such a visit that her father—who is very much a central figure in Ho’s memoir—met with a tragic end.

In many ways, life for the Chinese in South Africa was self-contained. Working hard, minding the rules, and avoiding confrontations, they were able to follow traditional Chinese ways. But for Ufrieda, who was born in South Africa, influences from the surrounding culture crept into her life, as did a political awakening. Paper Sons and Daughters is a wonderfully told family history that will resonate with anyone having an interest in the experiences of Chinese immigrants, or perhaps any immigrants, the world over.

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