Ethnic Groups in Hong Kong

Rant: borderline ridiculous

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 12:18am 3 comments

Indian-born professor Shekhar Kumta angry over Chinese citizenship denial

Professor Kumta with his Indian passport and the letter saying his application for Chinese citizenship has failed. Photo: Felix Wong


A medical professor from India has been turned down for Chinese citizenship despite 23 years' residence in Hong Kong and extensive contributions to his field in Hong Kong and on the mainland, he said.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

HK parents top survey in wanting to send their children overseas to study

Hong Kong parents are the most likely in the Asia-Pacific region to want their children to go to a foreign university, but they may not have done their homework about the extra expense of getting a degree abroad.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

Oiling the wheels of China-Africa trade

Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) greets South African President Jacob Zuma. Hu offered US$20 billion in loans to Africa. Photo: Reuters

With China and Africa forging one of the most important economic relationships of the 21st century, Hong Kong may be a key facilitator and hub for their bilateral trade - a role the city has yet to embrace.

23 Aug 2012 - 3:38am

HK minorities urge the use of civic study instead of national education

Trainee teacher Gurwinder Kaur

A civic curriculum promoting multiculturalism should be taught in schools instead of the mainland-focused national education programme, say students from ethnic minorities - who have the support of critics of the new subject.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Stench of bigotry

Michael Chugani

Stench of bigotry in failure to give Khan a HK passport

22 Aug 2012 - 9:02pm

Businessman Philip Khan born in Hong Kong cannot get passport

Philip Khan cannot get Chinese nationality or a Hong Kong passport, so he can contest Legco poll. Photo: Thomas Yau

A businessman of Indian descent has been unable to gain Chinese nationality or a local passport even though his family came to the city nearly a century ago.

Furthermore, Philip Khan, 50, was born and raised in Hong Kong, and his late uncle fought against the Japanese in the second world war.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:15am

Hong Kong courts disaster with culture of opposition

With the anti-national education campaign on a rampage and half of the new government busy defending the curriculum, any objective observer will easily come to the conclusion that launching national education in Hong Kong schools is a fool's errand.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Mainland editorial stokes anger over national education

A newspaper closely aligned with a Communist Party mouthpiece has forcefully defended the subject of national education in Hong Kong schools as a 'model for China' - fuelling activists' suspicions it will be a 'brainwashing' tool.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:15pm

One country?

What exactly was discussed earlier this month when Beijing's top representative in Hong Kong, Wang Guangya , summoned the city's leading loyalists to a meeting in Shenzhen? All we know for sure is that the meeting took place. New People's Party chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee confirmed she attended. As for substance, we only know what attendees leaked to the media.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We must stop feeding mainland cringe

A family friend came to visit us recently in distress. She says their 11-year-old daughter has declared many times that she is ashamed of her and her husband.

Originally from the mainland, the couple have lived here for more than a decade. The daughter was born in Hong Kong. Now she has declared she is not a mainlander but a 'pure' Hongkonger.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Citizens from ethnic minorities could help raise English standards in schools

I read with interest the comments Paul Stables made in his letter ('Minorities can help with English', July 11).

In it he made several astute observations about the state of English in Hong Kong to which I would add the following comments.

No one can deny the standards of English have fallen alarmingly over the last two or three decades in Hong Kong.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Door to Canada is still open: top envoy

Canada's top diplomat yesterday insisted the welcome mat was still out for Hongkongers amid a host of immigration reforms now underway.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Quarter of South Asians are underpaid

One in four South Asian workers in Hong Kong is paid below the minimum wage, according to a survey by a local trade union.

After interviewing 238 South Asian workers, the Holy Cross Centre's Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs discovered a quarter of the respondents received less than HK$28 an hour, the rate as stipulated by law.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

2047 is not all that far away

Uncertainty brings fear. It was true in the 1990s as the handover approached. And it is true now as the years eat into the 50-year transition period - already almost a third gone and the halfway mark looming within a decade - leaving many questions yet to be answered.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am