Title: Where are you from?
Subtitle: 'Playing White' under Apartheid
Author: Ulla Dentlinger
Series: Lives Legacies Legends, Vol 12
Verlag: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Carl Schlettwein Stiftung und Brandes & Apsel Verlag
Basel; Frankfurt a. M., 2016
ISBN 9783905758795 / ISBN 978-3-905758-79-5
ISBN 9783955581862 / ISBN 978-3-9555818-6-2
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 144 pages
Ulla Dentlinger’s life history in "Where are you from? 'Playing White' under Apartheid" begins in poor, rural apartheid Namibia of the early 1950s. Growing up in the Rehoboth Baster territory, she early on discovers that her parents are not prone to reminisce about their family’s past. The most mundane information about their background is guarded much like a state secret. As a child, she begins to panic at being asked the question so normal to others: Where are you from? Only in later years it dawns on her that she had to be a ‘Coloured’. The sense of conflict increases immeasurably. By then she is growing up in apartheid South Africa, but now in a ‘white’ suburb of Cape Town. She goes to a ‚white‘ school and bears herself in a German fashion. She and her family had, in fact, jumped the colour line. Returning to southern Africa from the United States in the 1990s, she now openly pursues investigations into her family background. In this book, Ulla Dentlinger portrays her wider family, some who simply ignored ‘race’ and colour, others who opposed it and those who dodged or tolerated it. Their intimate, painful or straight-forward stories and recollections lead her to the emotional realization of the wealth of her heritage and its final acceptance. Ulla Dentlinger, author of Where are you from? 'Playing White' under Apartheid, studied Social Anthropology at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. After raising a family in Portland (Oregon, USA) she and her family live in Germany today, with her spending time between Europe and southern Africa.
A tormenting Question
Rehoboth ... Colourful and Controversial
Lena of my Childhood
The Enssles and the Dentlingers
Where are We All From?
"Humanity is Coloured"