“Coloured” culture

As you have learned, in 1980 there were four ethnic groups in South Africa: Whites, Blacks, Asians and those of mixed race called “Coloured”. The Coloured were from marriages between Blacks and Whites at the beginning of the arrival of Europeans. Generally, Coloured spoke Afrikaans and were better educated than Blacks but less so than Whites. Members of the same family could be classified as Whites, Coloured or Blacks. There was no separate Coloured culture, but within the Coloured cultures, some groups were closer to Whites, others to Asians and still others to Blacks.

Asian culture

People from China and others from Asian countries formed a small part of the South African population, but they brought a rich culture. Although some learned Afrikaans and English at school and used it every day, many people continued to use their traditional language(s) and practice traditions.

Author:  Marianne Giguère

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