Confucius says boredom is the mother of creativity

Nothing good came out of today’s meetings. I am starting to think this project wasn’t well thought out. Is it not possible to write about the Johannesburg Chinese community without concrete information from them? I mean, why not, the West has been writing about Africa without bothering to ask for the African opinion. My feature article was meant to look at the consumption of art … Continue reading Confucius says boredom is the mother of creativity

What is ART and who decides?

The day started off well, there was a plan in place. We were to go to Hyde Park and meet with Emma Chen, a Taiwanese restaurant owner and art collector who moved to South Africa in the 1980s. Emma spoke to our class a few weeks ago about her experiences in South Africa since the 1980s. She explained the manner in which she dealt with … Continue reading What is ART and who decides?

Blackanese in Johannesburg

Today I encountered three Chinese inspired ideas in Johannesburg: The Blackanese, a Chinese shipping corrugated iron container and Chinese lanterns. Blackanese is a fusion of black and Chinese or Japanese cultures. The first time I heard of the term blackanese was from Chris Tucker in Rush Hour. He was in Chinatown looking for some underground gangster called Jin Ping and he told everyone they were … Continue reading Blackanese in Johannesburg

language in the new south africa a.k.a black-english

Thule Zwane My English teacher would obviously disagree and to be quite frank, I don’t care; it is Monday evening and I have had plenty wine to drink so anything goes. I am not certain how the conversation started but it included the possible addition of a new member to the group. Don’t get it wrong, my friends and I are not a clique but … Continue reading language in the new south africa a.k.a black-english