Racist street names should be changed

If language is the conduit for thought, then derogatory terms are the expressions of deep-seated prejudice. People are forever calling other people names because they are different. Minorities in many communities are usually the targets.

Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am

Can a street name be biased? Some think so

What's in a name? Too much, say some people from ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, who want the Chinese name of a SoHo street changed because it's discriminatory.

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

A Fragile Hope

A Fragile Hope

by Ken N. Kamoche

Salt, HK$120

Depending on how it is said, the word gweilo barely registers with most 'white ghosts' who live or work in Hong Kong. This is a Chinese city, the reasoning goes, albeit one with distinctly western characteristics, there is a lot of colonial baggage, and the implicit racism is hard to translate.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Attitude can be the biggest language barrier

Due in part to the blessing of a Hong Kong wife, Chris Lonsdale speaks fluent Cantonese, well enough to get him onto a cooking programme on a Chinese channel that invites stars to show their favourite dishes.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

'Teddy' kept them guessing

Tommy Lewis was known for decades as sai fei (western teddy boy). It was a nickname given to him by the Chinese press.

Tommy always said the Chinese reporters called him sai fei because he worked for an English-language newspaper, sported a James Dean haircut, and wore colourful shirts and stovepipe trousers.

18 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

'Give it to the gweilo' tactic has had its day, says Szeto

Hong Kong wing-back Szeto Man-chun has criticised the over-dependence on foreign players in the SAR's domestic league, saying the national team's encouraging display in their 1-0 loss to Japan at the East Asian Football Championship proves locals are ready to take more responsibility.

9 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Lai See

avichina slow to take off

Global roadshows are all about planning, good logistics and hoping your plane takes off on time. When your business is making planes, then punctuality takes on added importance.

21 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Sense of humour

I was saddened to read that much of Regina Ip Lau Yuk-see's life has been coloured (pardon the expression) by a bit of name-calling some 30 years ago in Glasgow ('No love, no sleep and lots of tears', August 23).

Being called 'Suzie Wong' by Glaswegian builders, although perhaps embarrassing, and no doubt 'sexist', was almost certainly meant as a compliment.

29 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Gregory stands by plan

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union last night defended changes to the blueprint for the local game's future which led to the shock resignation of director Leighton Duley this week.

HKRFU secretary Trevor Gregory said the blueprint would be 'generally the same' as the one proposed by Duley and rejected the claim that it had been drastically watered down.

5 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Giving up the ghost on gweilos

Six years after the handover, it looks like gweilos could finally be on the way out.

1 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Furious Western executives threaten boycott of industry's 'Oscars' over racist promotion

A racism row erupted yesterday over the theme of the SAR's advertising 'Oscars', which urges Chinese to 'exorcise' foreigners from Hong Kong.

Outraged overseas advertising executives are threatening to boycott the 4As 2001 Creative Awards after receiving entry packages that include vials of 'urine' and a packet of 'saliva' for Chinese to hurl at foreigners.

13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Success in bridging the cultural divide

As one of the 'gweilo cops' responsible for policing some of the 'raunchy, triad-infested' bars in Kowloon, it was refreshing to read an article in the South China Morning Post Features section ('Canto-crawl before you can talk', February 2).

7 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Asians not more racist than Europeans or Americans

I refer to the letter by David Moore headlined, 'Try smiling' (South China Morning Post, November 29).

Mr Moore has, in one sentence, erased 5,000 years of Chinese civilisation.

7 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Hong Kong tainted by ingrained racist tendencies

Your article 'Low-tech battle waged against Cyberport foreign bodies' (South China Morning Post June 17), highlights there are a number of people in the administration who clearly hold racist attitudes.

22 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Behind the scenes of cultural understanding

I am writing with regard to the Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival production of Godspell ('Looking past the bottom line', South China Morning Post, November 21).

As a parent of someone involved in this production, I would like to add my thanks to the list of everyone who made Godspell possible.

24 Nov 1998 - 12:00am