“A high court in South Africa ruled on Wednesday that Chinese-South Africans will be reclassified as “black,” a term that includes black Africans, Indians and others who were subject to discrimination under apartheid. As a result of this ruling, ethnically Chinese citizens will be able to benefit from government affirmative action policies aimed at undoing the effects of apartheid.”
This is interesting to me because of how it challenges our perception in the United States of the Asian American model minority myth, which totally ranks different oppressed racial groups who are all being shafted, divides them against each other and ignores the histories of struggle and oppression that Asian American Pacific Islanders have faced in this country. It is also makes me curious to see how much of an impact south Africa’s extensive post-apartheid affirmative action programs have had.
A quick wikipedia search showed that Chinese-South Africans will now be qualified for the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) program, which is bananas when you think about how much affirmative action programs have been gutted in the United States.
Go ‘head Blasians!