Review: Journal of the Plague Year

Review: Journal of the Plague Year

Racism and colonial superiority form the core themes of this exhibition about Hong Kong's bouts of sickness and epidemic over the past century.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 12:02pm

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

English FA approves minimum 5-game ban for racism

Racist and homophobic abuse by players in England will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season.

The Football Association says the sanction will be the entry-level punishment for the least serious discriminatory offenses, with longer bans possible.

The FA Council agreed on Thursday to the sanctions.

17 May 2013 - 8:47am

Letters to the Editor, May 13, 2013

Angela Merkel's austerity measures are right. Photo: AFP

Thousands turned out for May day marches on May 1, because so many workers in Hong Kong believe they are being poorly treated.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 12, 2013

Queen Elizabeth should now abdicate. Photo: AFP

I wrote an article for Chartered Quality Institute's Quality World magazine to discuss how to prevent scandals such as horsemeat illegally used in food products, and the contamination of milk powder, rather than afterwards contain the damage these events cause. One of the solutions to the shortage of milk formula and its rationing in Hong Kong and Britain that I recommended was breastfeeding.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 3 comments

Fear of 'Yellow Peril' lives on

A group of Hong Kongers published a newspaper ad insulting mainland Chinese as 'locusts'. Photo: AFP

Today, 131 years ago, the US Senate passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law directly aimed at rejecting entry of an ethnic group, and one of many aimed at the same prejudicial treatment of other Asian ethnic groups. By today's standards, there is no doubt it is racist.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 3 comments

Is political correctness in the eye of the beholder?

General Motors Chairman and CEO Akerson. Photo: Reuters

It's tough for big corporations to launch advertising campaigns these days. If they are too tame, no one pays attention. Too edgy, and someone is bound to be offended. Companies run for cover at a whiff of controversy. So General Motors executives who approved politically incorrect lyrics in a worldwide marketing campaign for the carmaker's new Chevrolet Trax SUV had to pull it from distribution.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

The racist curse of Fu Manchu back in spotlight after Chevrolet ad

Illustration: Henry Wong

His words drip with malice and evil genius; his moustache droops low and his eyebrows arch high. But while there seems little place for Dr Fu Manchu in a modern multicultural world, variations on the character have proved remarkably resilient, says Dr Jenny Clegg, a British Sinologist who has studied the stereotype.

3 May 2013 - 6:10pm 7 comments

GM pulls 'racist' Chevrolet 'ching-ching, chop suey' ad

A screen shot from the "After Midnight" commercial for the Chevy Trax, containing racist lyrics

Referring to China as "the land of Fu Manchu", where people say "ching-ching, chop suey", might have been considered acceptable, even amusing, when the lyrics were originally penned in the US in the 1930s.

3 May 2013 - 1:26am 41 comments

Chinese Malaysians turn against government over race policies

Najib Razak, centre, faces an electorate divided along ethnic lines and needs to win an overwhelming share of the Malay vote. Photo: AP

Malaysian businessman Stanley Thai says he's joining thousands of fellow ethnic Chinese citizens in abandoning support for Prime Minister Najib Razak and voting for the opposition for the first time in an election next month.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:41am

Singaporean cartoonist Leslie Chew arrested for suspected sedition

A Singaporean cartoonist has been arrested for suspected sedition over a satirical comic strip on his Facebook page that appeared to accuse the government of racism, his lawyer said yesterday.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:01am

Uefa propose 10-match racism ban

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino. Photo: AFP

European football’s governing body on Wednesday outlined tough new sanctions against racism both on and off the pitch, as part of efforts to rid the game of the scourge of discrimination and abuse.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:51pm

Fascism row engulfs Di Canio, new club Sunderland

Sunderland's new Italian football manager Paolo Di Canio. Photo: AFP

Can someone who has admitted to supporting fascism manage a Premier League team?

That question has engulfed English football since Paolo Di Canio was hired by Sunderland on Sunday.

3 Apr 2013 - 10:11am

If bankers and maids had same rights we'd fix racism

China is mooning over sending a man into space. Photo: Reuters

Racism is when one group is discriminated against due to its ethnic origin. This is now the charge against Hong Kong's top court, after it denied permanent residency to foreign domestic helpers. Maids were allowed into the city under very different immigration terms, but it is still racism to deny them the settlement right other foreigners acquire after seven years here.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:28am 14 comments

Staring down the bullies

Eddie Ng is a rising star on the mixed martial arts scene.

Growing up in the northeast of England was tough for Hong Kong-born Eddie Ng Gar-wei. Because of his Asian heritage while living in Chester-le-Street, a small town near Newcastle, Ng was bullied almost daily.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am