Chinese two-faced over racism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 January, 1999, 12:00am

I am a Hong Kong migrant who lives in Sydney. I feel sad to read about racial discrimination being so prevalent in my home country.

Remember last year when One Nation party founder Pauline Hanson was attacking Asian migrants as disease-carriers and criminals who lived in ghettoes? Voices of opposition were strong not only within ethnic groups in Australia but also Chinese in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. We always worried about being discriminated against by 'white people', yet we adopted the very same attitude towards others of different colour, culture, and language.

Why has Hong Kong, an international financial centre, become xenophobic and intolerant? Have we asked ourselves whether we are just being hypocritical when we accuse others of being racists? DAVID C.Y. FUNG Sydney, Australia