Local primary students have no problem reading and writing the Chinese characters for common words such as “mushroom”, “pumpkin” or even “universal suffrage”. Not so for Pakistani girl Igra Khan, who is in Form Three.Monday, 6 May, 2013, 10:51am 1 comment
The appointment of a retired government stalwart as Equal Opportunities Commissioner raised a few eyebrows. Former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok did not endear himself initially to those concerned about a conflict of interest by following the government line against a consultation on legal protection for sexual minorities.7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 2 comments
Police have launched a search for a mother and her three children missing since they left their home on a Kwai Hing public housing estate on Wednesday.31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am
Being a long-time resident of Hong Kong, I read with a great deal of interest what China's new president, Xi Jinping, was reported in the media to have said about a Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 2 comments
But many owners were also predicting a less profitable year because of the rocketing costs of booths - an increase they were reluctant to pass on to consumers.4 Feb 2013 - 4:41am
Representatives of the city's ethnic minorities have voiced scepticism about Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's pledge to do more for them, describing his comments in Wednesday's policy address as "only window dressing".20 Jan 2013 - 3:50am 2 comments
They can joke, banter and speak in fluent Cantonese and are accepted as Hongkongers, but local Muslims and ethnic minorities are still marginalised in city with local schools lacking Chinese language classes tailored to their second-language needs.
14 Jan 2013 - 8:39pm 2 comments
Despite a rash of complaints that Hong Kong's ethnic minorities are being discriminated against when they try to become naturalised Chinese citizens, new official figures reveal that thousands of Pakistanis, Indonesians, Indians, Vietnamese and Filipinos have been granted the status.16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 3 comments
HK's economy benefits from beef monopoly
There have been calls, because of rising prices, for the scrapping of the monopoly of the sole distributor of mainland cattle in Hong Kong, Ng Fung Hong.
The company has raised the wholesale price of cattle five times this year and this has not been well-received by the public.26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 9 comments
Members of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have long complained about their problems in applying for Chinese nationality. The story of Maggie Cheung, a Hong Kong-born Pakistani adopted by a Chinese family, is yet another example. After years of struggle, the 24-year-old successfully changed her status from "stateless" to a Chinese national.25 Nov 2012 - 4:08am