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Ufrieda Ho’s Photographic Journey through Joburg’s Chinatown

Paper Sons and DaughtersJournalist Ufrieda Ho is the author of Paper Sons and Daughters, a recently published title about growing up Chinese in South Africa. Ho recently gave a photographic walkabout tour of Joburg’s Chinatown, which is showing new signs of life.

In the 1990s, when new waves of Asian immigrants arrived and Joburg’s inner city became engulfed by poverty and crime, most of Old Chinatown packed up and moved to the suburbs. The “New Chinatown” is in Cyrildene, a formerly Jewish neighborhood on the southeastern side of town. But a dozen or so Chinese restaurants and shops have stuck it out in Old Chinatown, and the area is showing new signs of life.

Here are some of the shots:

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