Allegations of racism isolated cases

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 November, 2002, 12:00am

As a concerned Indian I have something different to say on the recent articles and letters on racial discrimination against Indians.

It appears to me that most of the allegations of racism are isolated cases which individuals have experienced. We should not generalise and say that the majority of Indians living here have similar problems.

What is interpreted as racial discrimination is nothing but a difference in perception on the part of the Hong Kong Chinese when it comes to people who have a different skin colour and speak a different language. This is a common way of seeing things in many countries. It is not realistic to perceive this as racism.

The way in which Hong Kong Chinese perceive Indians in this city is influenced by what they read and hear about in the media, and how the international community sees India as a country and Indians as a race.

If the local TV stations and newspapers only report on poverty, riots, and disease in India and ignore the positive facets of our 5,000-year-old civilisation, the progress we have made in the field of information technology, our vibrant democracy, traditions, festivals and our beautiful women and the presence of talented Indians working in various professions throughout the world, then how can we blame local people for having a lopsided view of things? Unfortunately newspapers nowadays tend to prefer negative news.

We should not forget that Hong Kong has given tremendous opportunities to Indians.

Many of the members of the city's Indian community have become successful and rich.

Like all citizens in the SAR they are able to live under a transparent administration and in a corruption-free environment. They enjoy an efficient transport system. Above all, they can become permanent residents and live in a classless, caste-free society. They are allowed to live their lives in this 'world city' without interference from anyone else in society.

It is important to have a positive attitude, to try and excel in whatever we do and to contribute to the overall well-being of Hong Kong.


Taikoo Shing