Food blogger Ming-Cheau Lin pens memoir on finding her identity growing up in SA
Taiwanese South African Ming-Cheau Lin navigates her complex identity in her memoir Yellow and Confused.
Lin is a food blogger and the author of the cookbook Just Add Rice, which celebrates her passion for Taiwanese cuisine.
She's published her latest book which chronicles her journey growing up in 1990s South Africa as a first-generation Taiwanese immigrant.
The book paints a picture of her unique experiences of privilege and prejudice in a world where she has always felt like an outsider.
She explores her internalised racism, light-skinned privilege racial inequality and cultural discrimination she's faced.
When we look at a social level and how people perceive us, they see one skin tone, one person, one country and one stereotype.Ming-Cheau Lin, author and food blogger
We basically came over and were labelled honourary whites in a space where n person of colour was given any elevation to equal rights. We benefitted from the privilege.Ming-Cheau Lin, author and food blogger
Being a light-skinned South African - yet not white - I've had to face a lot of this that a person of colour would have to face. But at the same time, I also benefitted from the privileges of being light-skinned,Ming-Cheau Lin, author and food blogger
Lin says black women in South Africa have played a majour in South Africa have helped her to discover her voice and her consciousness.
The things that I've been conditioned to believe are so incredibly wrong.Ming-Cheau Lin, author and food blogger
Black women are such important voices. Just listen to them. You can learn so much by not taking over a conversation.Ming-Cheau Lin, author and food blogger
Listen to the full conversation with CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King:
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