Social Issues

Sweeping generalised statements not helpful

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the letter headlined 'Westerners could do with courtesy lessons' (Sunday Morning Post, April 7).

I would suggest the first courtesy to show others would be not to make sweeping generalised statements about cultural or ethnic groups, especially through public channels such as this letters column. A person may come across to others as rude for a variety of reasons, for example 'just having a bad day'.

Being a Westerner is not a pre-determined factor for rudeness. I would suggest your correspondent 'Name And Address Supplied' has himself shown very little courtesy for others by writing the letter in the first place.

The writer cannot justify his actions by stating he too is a Westerner.


Tuen Mun