Chinese People

Fear of 'Yellow Peril' lives on

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad insulting mainland Chinese as 'locusts'. Photo: AFP

Today, 131 years ago, the US Senate passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law directly aimed at rejecting entry of an ethnic group, and one of many aimed at the same prejudicial treatment of other Asian ethnic groups. By today's standards, there is no doubt it is racist.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 2:55am 3 comments

Canada froze immigration schemes in face of criticism

Chinatown in Vancouver. Photo: Bloomberg

Official forecasts about Chinese migration reshaping Vancouver are premised upon conditions remaining similar over the next two decades, but already changes are looming.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:46am

How mainland Chinese immigrants are transforming Vancouver

The maple leaf mainlanders

A wave of wealthy immigrants from mainland China is transforming Vancouver in Canada, but the influx has seen property prices soar and most are reluctant to give up Chinese citizenship.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:46am 3 comments

Stereotypes of Chinese mainlanders go too far

Many mainlanders feel they are discriminated against in foreign countries. Photo: Edward Wong

Mainland tourists are often the butt of criticism for their perceived lack of finesse. Spitting, littering, smoking in prohibited areas, queue-jumping - the list of offences is fairly long.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 5 comments

Forbearance for rude mainland Chinese travellers

Chinese are expected to become the biggest outbound tourist market this year. Photo: AFP

Global tourism is being driven by mainland visitors, their numbers surging annually by double-digit percentages. Chinese are expected to become the biggest outbound market this year, overtaking Americans and Germans with 95 million trips and US$110 billion in spending. But while they are being welcomed with open arms by governments, they are not always as warmly greeted by locals. As in Hong Kong, manners and habits are criticised most.

10 Mar 2013 - 8:58am 7 comments

Brain drain should send message to China's leaders

New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has made promises to fight corruption, uphold the rule of law and rein in abuses of power. Photo: Xinhua

A former New Zealand prime minister once laughed off emigration of his young compatriots to Australia as an IQ boost for both countries. But a brain drain is no joke. Few developing countries can afford it. It may be argued that China is one that can at this stage of its development because a population of more than 1.3 billion provides a bottomless pool of talent.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am

South Korea turns down Japanese extradition request over Chinese arsonist

A South Korean court has turned down a Japanese extradition request for a Chinese national who served a 10-month jail sentence for an arson attack on the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The court said Liu Qiang, 38, should now be sent home to China.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:15am

Chinese snap up baby milk formula in Australia

Popular: Karicare formula milk

Australian supermarkets and pharmacies were running out of popular baby formula yesterday after unprecedented sales reportedly due to Chinese customers trying to snap up supplies.

Nutricia, supplier of top-selling Karicare, said there was a surge in demand for its products which had seen stocks plummet and left shelves empty.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:36am

Schemes lure more Asians to retire in Southeast Asia

Japanese retiree Shigeru Tanida, 65, teaches karate in Kuala Lumpur, where he has lived since 2006, drawn by the lower costs. Photo: AFP

Like many mothers, Ritsuko Kawasaki fretted over the health and safety risks of remaining in Japan after last year's quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:06am

Exodus of China's rich and skilled for better lives

Harry's view

More than 150,000 mainlanders obtained overseas citizenship last year, making China the world's biggest source of immigrants, a report released this week says.

19 Dec 2012 - 7:18am 6 comments

Chinese enjoy real Hawaii

The living room of a house in upmarket Kahala.

The mainland has its "Chinese Hawaii" - the tropical, palm-fringed Hainan Island - but Hongkongers and mainlanders are developing a taste for the real deal. Hawaii is expected to have 96,000 visitors from China this year, and that number is tipped to double by 2015.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:14am

Chinese outbound tourism growing rapidly

Chinese tourists on the Thames. Britain is among countries to have aggressively wooed Chinese travellers. Photo: Reuters

They may seem worlds apart but the story of Swiss-made watches and mainland China's insatiable hunger for these quality timepieces tells us something about the world we live in and the future global tourist.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Second Sight: The Valiant Ones

Hsu Feng proves action is louder than words in <I>The Valiant Ones</I>.

The Valiant Ones

22 Oct 2012 - 4:06pm

Zadig & Voltaire shouldn't get away with discrimination

Thierry Gillier, founder of Zadig & Voltaire. Photo: Handout

We are taught not to judge a book by its cover. We understand it as the logical and right thing to do. So when luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana made headlines with its discriminatory policy of banning Hong Kong residents from taking photographs of its storefront, it caused a storm.

15 Oct 2012 - 3:18pm 25 comments

Mo Yan's Nobel means recognition for China at last, but critics air doubts

Mo Yan's books are the centre of attention yesterday at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair. Some critics questioned his ability to thrive under a strict censorship regime. Photo: AFP

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize for literature was hailed by the public as a sign that contemporary Chinese literature has finally won global recognition, even as several cultural critics questioned the value of his work.

12 Oct 2012 - 7:30am