I was born in South Africa, Durban.
I currently live in Korea (until August) so that I may learn Korean as my parents would have wanted me to. My grandparents stress that I learn the language of their fathers as it is a cultural identity. I agree as I am proud of my heritage, the perseverance of my culture whereby my people grew from riches to poor in 30 years, merely generation. This fact gave me the foundations of how I perceived how my country ought to be, how South Africa ought to be. I believe South Africa to be a great nation one day, how proud of I was of its scientists, athletes and cultural figures. But I was told recently that as I was living in Korea, my "authenticity" of being South African was questionable.
I have been to Europe, many countries in Asia, many more in Africa (which taught me the value of the importance of South Africa and its mark on the continent and the world), South America and the United States thanks to my wonderful parents who always supported me. People from these countries always ask, "what are you?" and I reply "South African". "Where are you from?"... "South Africa"... "As a Korean South African, which culture do you more identify with?" .. "South African". I have met so many people from so many walks of life and each of them I have told that I am a South African, no matter the questions thereafter. "South Africa has the best nightlife, the friendliest people, the best weather, a rich culture and a beautiful land". None of them have questioned me beyond that. Except South Africans, more specifically, the South Africans on MyBroadband. My "Location" alone was reason enough to justify the hatred of starving Zimbabweans. I no longer wish to be part of this.
I find myself spending too much time trying to show people that their views are old, outdated, filled with hate, bigotry or hypocrisy.
Despite being critical of the ANC, their corruption, the idiocy of Julius Malema, voting for the DA and urging others to do the same I have been accused of being an ANC supporter. Despite being against all forms of racism I have accused of being racist. I point out that making fun of poor people is wrong I am ridiculed. As an Asian South African I have been told that I have no right to voice my opinion as I had no idea what was going on, despite me living here for all my life. I have been told that I should just "eat rhino horns". I've been belittled because of my race. I've had enough. I'm done. But despite that..
I am proud of the white South Africans who brought so much to this country a group that brought the infrastructure and will power to turned a barren land to the superpower of the continent that no other African country can dream of matching. I am proud of the black South Africans who fought so hard for the fundamental freedom that every human being must strive towards. I am proud of the coloured South Africans who embraced and created their own vibrant culture and fought through decades of oppression. I am proud of the Indians who came from the poorest of India in hopes of a country which could provide its future and believed, creating themselves a wealthy middle class! I am proud of the Asians like me who continually come to this country and make it home believing that it will succeed, investing and loving, proclaiming themselves South Africans, despite being here for much less (my parents). I therefore will, and always will believe in the future of South Africa, despite the voice of the few.
Truth is, I was as negative as they came. Look at my old posts, all I did was cry about how SA was going to fail and how much I resented the fact I was here. Every post was a complain, I wasn't happy. I was young. There are many reasons why I'm a proud South African. I'm studying Economics overseas. Why?
Korea. A poor country that became super rich in a generation. I believe SA to be the same with the right people (as Korea did, it was a man with the right economic thinking that set Korea in its path, Park Jung Hee), and I hope that one day I might be one of them..
marine1, Chris, Digital Soldier, Mila, alf101, wily me (and clones), DreamKing and many more. Thanks for voicing your hate, it gave me fuel to be better, honest and truth. It made me remember what I was fighting for. . I hpe yo guys eventually see how much your hatred is worse for reconciliation in this country that Malema's hate speech, that your rhetoric fuels the justification of the poor and ignorant of this country.
MickeyD, Mike Hoxbig, Watch_Man, Postman Pot, porchrat, copacetic, R13, genetic, Nick333, Randhir, Fudzy, Lancelot SA and many many more I've missed out (sorry there are a lot, but I cant list all).. Thanks. It was fun and your posts were not only informative but gave me hope for the future
As for South Africa, I cannot wait until I am back at the end of the year, when the immigration officer as always before, tells me again, "Welcome home".
Cheers guys, hope all goes well!