[LISTEN] Looking at the other side of interracial dating
BBC global gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan and her team are in South Africa to film a documentary on interracial relationships between black African and Indian South Africans.
Mohan joined Eusebius McKaiser in studio to share some of her findings during the casting process.
She was also joined by Tumelo (23) who is in a relationship with a young lady named Ithra. They will be introducing their parents to each other for the first time this weekend, as well as Aneesa (24) who is from an Islamic background and dates black men.
They share how they have had to navigate their racial and religious identities while dating partners of a different background.
Aneesa shares some of the social prejudices she has had to overcome as well as dealing with her family's perceptions.
The religion thing is also a big factor for me and in my recent relationship that I just came out of now, we broke up... of course some of those issues were there, like his mother knew about me but my family didn't know about him. It is not that I didn't want them to know, it's what do I say?Aneesa
It is not easy not posting a picture of you and your boyfriend on Instagram while everyone else is doing it.Aneesa
I think maybe for them the main thing is religion, but the race thing is also a big problem. I remember my mom did say once, 'it's fine if you come home with a white guy', so it is in their minds still that because of apartheid, white is still superior.Aneesa
Tumelo describes his current relationship and says his family has always been accepting of the women he dates, despite their background.
My first girlfriend was actually white but it was never a problem. I never thought about what my parents would think...so it has never been something I have actually been worried about.Tumelo
Her [Ithra] parents are amazing, they are very open people. The problem came to things like grandparents and extended families.Tumelo
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