Why South Africa's Large Chinese Population is Known as the "Quiet Community"

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Known as the "quiet community," the Chinese in South Africa have built complex social and business networks that largely exist outside of the margins of the country's fractious racial and political landscape.

That is now beginning to change with China's emergence as South Africa's most important trading partner and one of the country's largest sources of foreign direct investment.

Barry van Wyk, Project Coordinator of the Africa-China Reporting Project at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, focused on two specific areas, law enforcement and in-language local Chinese media, that have been little-understood by outsiders.

Barry joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the findings for his upcoming paper and addresses some of the more controversial aspects of the Chinese community's ties with the Chinese government.

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