Colonial overtones

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to the letter 'Political Choice' (August 28).

Geoffrey L. Hills' support of Taiwan's political split from China is equivalent to Chinese scholars employed in the US or UK openly supporting the independence of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales or California.

Most Chinese scholars are decent enough to avoid taking a sensitive position in a foreign land.

Mr Hills mentioned Han chauvinism. For many Asians, what was evoked in his letter is white-people chauvinism or colonialism.

JOE WONG, Hunghom

A lot to learn

While Hong Kong is relatively free of corruption, I cannot agree with Sophia S. K. Leung that it has no serious racial discrimination ('Reasons to be proud', August 27).

The government just passed a law that essentially taxes Southeast Asian domestic helpers at a much higher rate than local workers, and most locals seemed supportive of that. A fashion-store chain recently featured Nazi-themed clothes, and was unrepentant even after the Israeli and German consulates rightfully expressed their dismay.

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee recounted her traumatising experience of being called a 'Chinky' while in Scotland many years ago. But I am sure Filipinos and Indians living in Hong Kong are openly referred to as 'bun mui' and 'ah chaa' on a daily basis.

If Hong Kong aspires to become a truly international city, we have much to learn about respect for other ethnic groups.


Offensive term

I refer to the letter 'Sense of humour' (August 29).

I do not wish your readers to be under any illusion.

Born in Britain and having lived there for most of my life, I can say from first-hand experience that 'Chinky' is an extremely racially offensive word, whether coming from the mouth of a malevolent racist or anyone else.

D. K. Y. LEE, Mid-Levels