Abrasive, loveable Hong Kong

While life here can be difficult, not least for someone born on the mainland trying to fit in, the city is also loveable in its own way.

I'd like to applaud Joy Yang for her courage in penning her recent op-ed on the discrimination she has experienced in Hong Kong. I, too, was born on the mainland and there have been times when I've got the evil eye for speaking my Beijing-accented native Putonghua here.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 10:35am 8 comments

Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Horrors of rape victimlay bare society's unexamined prejudices

An Indian protester holds a placard and shouts slogans demanding the justice for the late gang rape victim. Photo: EPA

Over the holidays, the news about a young woman who died after being gang-raped on a bus in India shocked the world. She was not just India's latest victim of such unspeakable evil - she was the world's.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Wrong attitude on disabled: poll

Although the public knows more about the disabled today, labelling and prejudice have become worse, according to a recently released survey by the government's anti-discrimination body.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Unwanted jolt

There is no worse way to start the day than to encounter unbridled prejudice. Moments after I got into the lift on the way to work, the elderly Chinese woman standing in the corner beside me gave a sharp jab to my ribs with her elbow.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Consultation backs anti-racism legislation

Most people believe there is a need for a law against racial discrimination, a government consultation has found.

Of the 240 written replies received in the year-long consultation, the Home Affairs Bureau found a large majority supported the proposed anti-racial discrimination bill.

5 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Mandarins, taipans and other cliches

Hong Kong Chinese are noisy, dirty, materialistic, sexually repressed and scornful of anybody outside their own group. Western expatriates are gluttonous, aggressive, brash, undisciplined and egotistical. So go the stereotypes.

8 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Tolerance the mark of mature culture

India's holy scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita , say:'Bear no ill-will towards any living being.'

Hatred towards anyone is hatred for the Supreme Almighty.

Discrimination is eating into the hearts of the people of Hong Kong, constructing a barrier preventing the cultures and people of different backgrounds from connecting and relating.

8 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Racism in Hong Kong must be exposed wherever it occurs

Your article on racial discrimination in Hong Kong headlined 'Hard luck if you happen to be foreign' (South China Morning Post, March 30), is to be welcomed.

10 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Attitudes towards mentally handicapped

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions set below.

18 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Grave issues for readers

Two new educational publica tions have been released by the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) as part of efforts in promoting among young readers the con cept of equal opportunities and mutual respect, regardless of race and sexual orientation.

1 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

All nationalities are guilty of prejudice

I refer to the letter by Arnold Pineda (South China Morning Post, July 17) criticising Nury Vittachi's article on racism and Filipinos.

30 Jul 1996 - 12:00am


IT is - thank God - not acceptable anymore to make derogatory and racist remarks about the colour of another person's skin in an advertisement. It is also - fortunately - usually not acceptable anymore to use sexist remarks in marketing a product.

14 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Bill prejudices HK domestics

WHEN I first read of Anna Wu's Private Member's Bill to eliminate the insidious discrimination that plagues the territory, I was much impressed by her apparent courage, wisdom and belief in the rights of all.

How outraged I was, therefore, to learn of the inclusion of a clause to exempt domestic helpers from the provisions of the bill.

22 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Education not enough

I REFER to Dr Robert Thio's letter (South China Morning Post, December 3), regarding educating Filipino domestic helpers as a way of stopping discrimination.

27 Dec 1993 - 12:00am