Racial tolerance

Blame the British colonial legacy for Hong Kong's racial intolerance

Leaders of China and Britain stand to attention following the hoisting of the Chinese flags at the handover ceremony minutes after midnight of July 1. Photo: Reuters

Oh my goodness, we are racist! The World Values Survey shows that almost 27 per cent of citizens said they would not want a neighbour of a different race. Other intolerant citizens include those from Bangladesh, Jordan and India.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 1:58am 3 comments

Time to remind the world our doors are open to all

Hong Kong must make it easier for skilled professionals of all races to settle here. Photo: Thomas Yau

Last week, Max Fisher of The Washington Post produced an article on the world's most and least racially tolerant places. It claimed Hong Kong was ranked as one of the world's most intolerant, with 71.8 per cent of respondents saying they would not want someone of another race as a neighbour.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

A sorry truth in faulty racism survey

The map which created based on a survey result that contained incorrect data. Photo: The Washington Post

A world map in The Washington Post giving a visual representation of racial tolerance around the world caused quite a splash last week. It was especially controversial as it made the following observation: "India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong by far the least tolerant." It was reported that about 72 per cent of Bangladeshis and Hongkongers said they would not want to be neighbours with someone from a different race.

21 May 2013 - 9:35am 7 comments

Survey exposes racism's shameful face

Photo: Martin Chan

Are we among the most racist people in the world? I am afraid so, if a global study called the World Values Survey is anything to go by.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 11 comments