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Ethnic Minorities

China backs niche films about minority groups in hope of easing ethnic tensions

An actor in the film Deegide speaks at a press conference about the film at the Beijing International Film Festival in April, 2013. Photo: Beijing International Film Festival

In the upcoming film Deegide, a Mongolian woman herder struggles to keep her family and their sheep alive as a spring snowstorm descends upon the plains, threatening them with starvation.

Saturday, 23 November, 2013, 12:21am

Ethnic minorities make joint application for Chinese citizenship

Ethnic minority residents speak to the press before heading to the Immigration Tower as a group yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Five members of ethnic minorities who call Hong Kong their home collectively applied for Chinese citizenship at the Immigration Tower yesterday, fearing they would be pressured to drop their applications if they went alone.

Their fear stemmed from past experiences of applicants who were told not to bother as they had no chance of success.

12 May 2013 - 1:49pm

Tibet mine disaster 'shows failure of resources policy to benefit minorities'

Rescuers search for survivors at the site of the landslide in a mining area in Maizhokunggar County, Tibet Autonomous Region. Photo: Reuters

The 83 workers killed in the disaster were almost all members of the Han ethnic majority and from across the country, illustrating how minorities rarely see the fruits of underground wealth - not even dangerous jobs.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:49am

China's new ethnic affairs commissioner 'has little power'

Wang Zhengwei. Photo: Xinhua

The appointment of a Hui Muslim as head of the State Council's ethnic affairs body may seem strategic, but experts say this will do little to ease the country's ethnic tensions as the chief will have limited political power.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

UN raps HK education system's lack of focus on ethnic minorities

Fermi Wong, executive director of Hong Kong Unison, (left) and Rita Fan Hsu Lai-Tai (right) in 2011. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Education chiefs are under growing pressure to address the Chinese-language learning needs of minorities after a member of the United Nations team scrutinising Hong Kong's human-rights performance criticised the local approach.

19 Mar 2013 - 8:08am

Ethnic minorities worry Beijing's growth effort could pass them by

A delegate wears ethnic dress in Beijing this week. Photo: EPA

The central government's goal of building "a moderately prosperous society in all respects" by 2020 may be dampened by sluggish economic growth in ethnic minority and border areas, some political advisers have warned.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

HK banks refuse accounts to poor and ethnic minorities

Rehana Beugm spent fruitless weeks attempting to open a bank account. Photo: Jonathan Wong

There are three broad categories of people who are denied banking services. They include domestic helpers, the very poor, and people from South Asia.

18 Feb 2013 - 12:28pm

Hong Kong-born adoptee wins fight for Chinese nationality

Maggie Cheung, 24, has recently been granted Chinese citizenship after being born and raised in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong, her parents are Hongkongers, she speaks perfect Cantonese, holds a Hong Kong identity card and a Chinese home return permit, but it took media pressure for the government to grant her Chinese nationality.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:18pm 39 comments

America's rising Asia vote 'sealed deal' for Barack Obama

"I Voted" stickers were printed in multiple languages, as candidates tried to woo support from crucial minority groups. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama enjoyed soaring support from Asian Americans to win another term, a post-election survey revealed, as voters elected Congress's first Hindu lawmaker.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Shan want language taught in schools

Books written in Shan, a language related to Thai, adorn a library in Taunggyi, capital of eastern Myanmar's Shan state. Photo: AFP

For half a century a single precious copy of a textbook kept the language of Myanmar's Shan people alive for students, forced to learn in the shadows under a repressive junta.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

Citizenship denials shame Hong Kong

Pakistanian boy Umar Aftab, who has difficulty in job-seeking due to poor Cantonese, poses for picture in Kwun Tong.

There have been several media reports recently about ethnic minorities who have lived in Hong Kong for many years seeing their applications to become naturalised Chinese citizens denied.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am

Muslims feel free in Hong Kong but left out

Anthropology lecturer Paul O'Connor moved from England to study the city's unique relationship with Islam. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong's Muslims have religious freedoms they cannot enjoy elsewhere in a unique city of hybrid cultures, but have to put up with prejudice and, often, overt discrimination.

These are some of the conclusions in a new book by Chinese University anthropology lecturer Paul O'Connor, 36, who moved from England 12 years ago to study the city's unique relationship with Islam.

30 Sep 2012 - 4:55am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, September 25, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi must stand up for minorities. Photo: EPA

Disabled in society need more help

The government is failing to address the limited education and employment opportunities along with accessibility issues and unsatisfactory legal protection for the city's disabled community.

25 Sep 2012 - 2:53am

Hong Kong still far from being a racially inclusive city

Hong Kong likes to see itself as a role model for cultural diversity and racial tolerance. Although we are a predominantly Chinese society, sizeable expatriate and ethnic minority communities co-exist in harmony. Arguably, we provide equal opportunities for everyone. We are entitled to the same right to work, study and pursue our way of life regardless of our ethnic origin.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

First South Asian woman police recruit starts work in Yuen Long

Pakistani Heina Rizwan Mohammad (second from right) at her passing out parade and inspection last weekend. Photo: David Wong

The first South Asian woman to be recruited as a police officer since the handover has successfully completed her training and will start her first day at work tomorrow.

But opinion is divided on whether this heralds a new multi-cultural dawn or is simply window dressing.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am