What I found fascinating were the author, Patric Tariq Mellet's posts on the Asian presence in the lives of Coloureds. When most people think of Coloureds it is easy to conclude that they are descendants of European settlers and Africans but they are actually much more divergent than that. While most Coloureds in countries like Namibia and Zimbabwe are descendants of European men and African women, in South Africa particularly in the Western cape, Coloureds apparently they have the highest levels of mixed ancestry on the globe and are a blend of African, European, East Asian and Indian.
Basically looking at their history we've got a mix of Black African slaves and seafarers who at some point or the other settled in the Cape; Malagasy, Indian and Indonesian slaves and/or indentured labourers including those who migrated on their free will and the few Muslim clerics or political leaders that were exiled by the British or Dutch due to their vocal opposition to colonisation; Chinese slaves, convicts and prisoners relocated to the Cape by the same British or Dutch. There was also the presence of sea-faring Asians who were marooned and ended up settling somewhere in southern Africa and marrying local women etc. Yeah, it was really a melting pot.
|Click to enlarge. Source: Cape-Slavery-Heritage|
Furthermore the blog Cape-Slavery-Heritage is really amazing because it details the diversity of the Cape academically. For example from reading that blog I learnt the 'Indonesian' slaves and labourers brought to South Africa by the Europeans were not really from Indonesia but from several other countries such as Macao, the Philippines, Borneo...The blog also has amazing pictures like the one above of Cape Malays.
Here are a couple of posts that I think readers of this blog may find interesting;
The Indians in South Africa prior to indentured labour and 'passenger Indian' migration post 1860
The Cape-Malay Question- Part 1 and Part 2
The Filipino Connection to Coloured Heritage- the Kalk Bay Manillas
Fahfee, Dreams, Numbers and the Lottery- A historical progression (This post in particular focuses on the Chinese presence through fahfee, a game of chance which is believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants.)