Letters to the Editor, February 28, 2013

Moving stories from the marathon. Photo: Sam Tsang

We would like to point out that the article "Smog in Pearl Delta 'worse than Beijing'" misrepresented how air pollution in the Pearl River Delta should be understood. For those of us who study air quality in the delta, the air pollution there is not worse than that in Beijing.

Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 3:37am 4 comments

Delays in adoption cause permanent damage to children

A couple and their four adopted children in Reeseville, Wisconsin. Photo: AP

I refer to the report regarding the experiences of children adopted overseas ("HK orphans 'subjected to racism in Britain'", February 4).

The article was unhelpful and misleading about best practice for adoptive children. It failed to inform readers of the reason that Britain is reducing the importance of race in adoptions: black children are taking 50 per cent longer to be adopted.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 1 comment

Hong Kong orphans subjected to racism in Britain: report

Commuters walk across London Bridge, as Tower Bridge is seen in the background in the City of London on January 25, 2013. Photo: AFP

The findings have raised concerns about whether local organisations arranging interracial adoptions place enough emphasis on preliminary guidance for interested parents.

4 Feb 2013 - 10:20am 13 comments

Volkswagen is going ahead with Super Bowl ad that is criticised as racist

Titled "Get In, Get Happy", the 60-second spot has been seen more than 614,000 times on Volkswagen's YouTube site.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:26am

Australian PM's partner apologises for Asian doctor joke

Tim Mathieson.

Tim Mathieson made the comment on Monday during a reception at Gillard's official Canberra residence, The Lodge, attended by members of the West Indies cricket team. Mathieson, who is not married to Gillard, has worked to raise awareness about men's health issues. He brought up the need for men to have regular checks for prostate cancer.


30 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Silvio Berlusconi says AC Milan will walk off pitch again if confronted by racism

Silvio Berlusconi

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has pledged that his team will walk off the pitch again to support a player who was the victim of racist abuse by fans, as the move was widely hailed as setting a precedent against bigotry.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:35am

Boateng, Milan storm off pitch after racist chants

Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng leaves the pitch during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on Thursday. Photo: AFP

AC Milan striker Kevin-Prince Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:18am

Briefs, December 13, 2012

Fans of Jenni Rivera at a vigil in Monterrey, Mexico. Photo: EPA

Venezuela's Chavez recovers after surgery

13 Dec 2012 - 5:58am

UBS rogue trader's supervisor sues for unfair dismissal, claiming racism

Ronald Greenidge

Ronald Greenidge, a former UBS AG managing director fired for gross misconduct in his supervision of convicted trader Kweku Adoboli, was suing the bank, claiming it treated him more harshly than others because he is black.

4 Dec 2012 - 5:14am

Referee cleared of racism allegations by Chelsea

Referee Mark Clattenburg. Photo: AFP

Referee Mark Clattenburg was cleared on Thursday by the English Football Association of using racist language toward a Chelsea player during a Premier League match.

23 Nov 2012 - 8:43am

Racist abuse against Frenchwoman in Australia goes viral on YouTube

A man unleashes a tirade at a French woman in Melbourne.

Police are investigating a torrent of threatening and racist abuse against a Frenchwoman on a Melbourne bus that was caught on camera and went viral on YouTube.

The woman and a group of friends were returning from a day at the beach when one of them began singing in her native tongue, which prompted an angry reaction from some passengers on the packed bus.

23 Nov 2012 - 4:01am

Talking Points

A court in St Petersburg hears a US$10.5 million suit against Madonna.

Battle lines drawn at European summit

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am

Abusing both democracy and the elderly poor

Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong is ready for democracy, you say? Go tell that to the 400,000 impoverished senior citizens who struggle daily to survive. Democracy has derailed immediate government relief for them, while grandstanding politicians use them as pawns.

21 Nov 2012 - 4:16am 7 comments

English players’ union backs tougher racism sanctions

David Bernstein. Photo: AFP

The English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) issued a six-point action plan to help deal with racism on Wednesday following a series of high profile developments in the fallout from the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand case.

The PFA has been criticised for not doing enough to tackle the problem, but responded by saying the time was right for tougher penalties.

25 Oct 2012 - 9:44am

Aboriginal boxer Mundine accused of racism

Australian boxer Anthony Mundine. Photo: AP

Interim WBA light middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has been accused of racism after making disparaging remarks about the heritage of his upcoming opponent, fellow Australian Aboriginal Daniel Geale.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:14pm