The most recent Chinese immigrants face multiple challenges regarding assimilation into South Africa, two examples of which are education and crime. These are reflected in the first two parts of this three part video.

In the third part, the video illustrates how the South African Police Service (SAPS) attempt to contribute to easier assimilation for immigrants by learning Mandarin.


By Nolwazi Mjwara

The Kuo Ting school, which means ‘the stability of the nation’, was the only Chinese school in Johannesburg until the mid-1990s when it was taken over by the provincial government and changed to an English-medium school known as Sandtonview.

The most recent wave of Chinese immigrants to South Africa arrived at the same time the school was ending its curriculum for Chinese students.

This video illustrates some of the obstacles Chinese immigrant children face as a result of the transformation of the school’s curriculum.


The plight of crime

The obstacles of language and education are not the only elements hindering the Chinese immigrant community. They are also often the targets of crime.

The South African Police Service is also notorious for targeting the community for bribes. This video reflects personal accounts of this prejudice, exploitation and corruption.

Police Academy

As an initiative to foster stronger relations between the South African Police Service and the Chinese community, the SAPS is paying for police officers to learn Mandarin. The lessons began in September and take place at the Chinese Police Forum offices in Cyrildene Johannesburg.

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