Impressive - that's the first word that springs to mind when reading the Hong Kong stock exchange's consultation paper on board diversity. Then comes "thoughtful" and "smart". Why?Friday, 28 September, 2012, 1:50am 1 comment
Hong Kong prides itself on being a multicultural society. It is a claim reflected in the number of expatriates in business, academia and the professions. Equal opportunity - the ultimate benchmark of multiculturalism - is not an issue for these people, either as individuals or members of foreign communities.13 May 2012 - 12:00am
Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist who admitted killing 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime massacre, told an Oslo court he deserved a medal of honour for the bloodshed and demanded to be set free.16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Promotional material for liberal societies abroad like to paint their nations as idyllic multicultural communities in which people of all races and religions live harmoniously with each other in a spirit of tolerance. Regrettably, the reality is often radically different, and each year, the harmonious facade of another liberal society is shattered.13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
Given what seemed like a small but disturbing undercurrent of racially tainted comments being made about the Philippine government and its people in the aftermath of the Manila hostage crisis, Sunday's peaceful rally to mourn the victims of the killings was, as we have come to expect in Hong Kong, free of any such sentiment. This is to the credit of the organisers and participants.2 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
Could Australia and its Asian neighbours one day share the same currency and allow free movement across their borders? The idea of an Asian Union involving Australia would have sounded far-fetched to former prime minister John Howard, who placed the nation firmly in the western sphere.16 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
When Malaysians agree, which is rare these days, they often point to rojak - a unique roadside food served hot and steaming - as a symbol of how united they can be if they want.
The dish, a mixture of bean curd, potatoes, seafood, hard-boiled eggs, bean sprouts and slices of cucumber served in a thick, spicy sauce, is beloved by most Malaysians.30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Culture has become a buzzword. It is the new Marxism, says historian Linda Colley: theorists use it to explain virtually everything. I am partial to looking at things - such as terrorism, history and politics - from a cultural point of view in this column. I regularly reduce half the globe to a handful of cultural cliches.27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
The more privileged we are, the more spoiled we are, and the less tolerant we become.
I thought I was tolerant until I recently walked past a rubbish collection point with a friend.
The first thing I did was cover my nose and hold my breath.
I was so annoyed by the smell that I said to my friend: 'It's really smelly! Let's walk faster.'17 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
Recently, the University of Toronto has been looking for a new president. According to the recruitment notice, it 'especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas'.26 Jan 2005 - 12:00am
BY THE VERY NATURE of its definition, diversity means many things to many people. In the world of human resources, it is also a new buzzword and trend - extending beyond the United States, where it all began, to corporations and businesses around the world.28 Aug 2004 - 12:00am
Many thanks to Patsy Leung for pointing out the reality of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance reduction ('Welfare cuts will only hurt the poor and aged', June 6) . The social deprivation that exists for some families - at no fault of their own - cannot be tolerated in a city that aspires to world status.8 Jun 2003 - 12:00am
Basil Fernando (South China Morning Post, May 5) asserts that, because he had to pay for a transit visa when passing through London airport, this demonstrates nothing much has changed since the British governed Sri Lanka and implies that the British are intolerant.19 May 2000 - 12:00am
Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party have caused much controversy both inside and outside Australia.
The image of Australia as a tolerant and multicultural society has been damaged.
Neighbouring countries in Asia believe that Australia is full of supporters of Ms Hanson and her One Nation party.15 Jul 1998 - 12:00am
Justin Harkiewicz' letter (South China Morning Post, March 11) reminds me of a speech by an American Islamic fundamentalist who stated that Islam is the most tolerant religion in the world and therefore any religion or view less tolerant than Islam - should not be tolerated.13 Mar 1997 - 12:00am