Ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

South Asian students thwarted by lack of Chinese-language skills

Equal opportunities campaigner Fermi Wong is flanked by students Igra Khan (far left) and Thas Mohamed. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

We cannot afford to spurn economic dividend from inclusive education

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Indian mother and her three children missing

Kaur and her children were last seen on Wednesday at Shek Lei Estate. Photo: SMP

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

Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2013

Xi Jinping has backed equal opportunities. Photo: AFP

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

Victoria Park's Lunar New Year Fair gets final touches

A worker grooms a festive citrus plant at a stall. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Ethnic groups fear chief executive's policy may only be window dressing

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

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

Lack of Chinese skills a barrier for minorities

Paul O'Connor speaks about local Muslims at the FCC. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Figures reveal thousands from ethnic minorities have won naturalisation

Figures reveal thousands from ethnic minorities have won naturalisation

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

Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2012

It is no surprise beef prices keep rising. Photo: Martin Chan

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

Clear, consistent policy on naturalisation needed

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

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