Keep an open mind and learn about other cultures

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2007, 12:00am
 

I'm writing in response to the article 'End in sight for racial bias' by Elaine Yau (Young Post, December 11). I think racial discrimination is a serious problem in Hong Kong.


I have three suggestions to solve this problem.


Firstly, parents should act as role models and ask their children to respect everyone, including ethnic minorities.


Secondly, the government can provide more funds for schools to help improve minority students' Cantonese skills.


Thirdly, employers should give minorities the same pay and working conditions as other workers.


FLORA LAI LAU-FA


Ko Lui Secondary School Thanks for your letter, Flora. Racism is often a learned behaviour - when someone copies the racist actions of another without thinking. Change has to start somewhere - so why not let it start with us?


A change in attitude begins with education. It is often a lack of understanding of another culture - and a fear of that difference - that leads to racist comments and actions.


The first step is making the effort to understand people of other cultures and the way they do things. The best way to do this is to have a broad mix of friends from different cultures. And the next best thing is to educate yourself about other parts of the world - keep up with global events and issues by reading a daily paper.


Kate, Editor


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