Zadig & Voltaire shouldn't get away with discrimination

Thierry Gillier, founder of Zadig & Voltaire. Photo: Handout

We are taught not to judge a book by its cover. We understand it as the logical and right thing to do.

Monday, 15 October, 2012, 3:18pm 25 comments

Soccer must have zero tolerance for racism

Television sports fans who switched from the Olympic Games to English Premier League soccer may ponder the contrast between the sportsmanship that typifies Olympians and the loutish antics of many footballers, and between the role models they offer young admirers. Olympic athletes take centre stage only for a short time, while the soccer league occupies it most of the year.

30 Sep 2012 - 4:09am

Football Association looks guilty of double standards in treatment of John Terry

Liverpool's Luis Suarez

The high-profile court hearing and the independent trial have come and gone and the verdicts given – but how do you find the accused, John Terry Chelsea’s controversial warrior and former England captain? Is he guilty or not guilty of racism and bringing the game into disrepute?

29 Sep 2012 - 2:57am

Rabbi's bashing in Berlin sparks new fears of anti-semitism in Germany

Rabbi Daniel Alter in 2007.

The brutal daylight beating of a rabbi in front of his six-year-old daughter has sparked condemnation in Germany, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42am

Legco hopeful Lam Yi-lai sparks racism row over helpers' holidays

Lam Yi-lai

A candidate for next month's Legislative Council election is at the centre of a racism row over her campaign call for Hong Kong's 300,000 foreign domestic helpers to be denied traditional Chinese public holidays.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:27pm

No Matter What ... They'll Call This Book Racist

No Matter What ... They'll Call This Book Racist by Harry Stein Encounter Books (e-book)

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Beware undertow of race relations

Overseas Chinese everywhere should be concerned about China's aggressive moves in the South China Sea, advancing its territorial claims close to the coasts of littoral states. Specifically, the ethnic Chinese minorities in the concerned Southeast Asian countries need to guard against anything suggesting sympathy for the claims of their former motherland.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Leung must scrap small house policy

Where there is a will, there is a way. But our government does not seem to appreciate this wisdom when reviewing the controversial 'small house' policy. The scheme that gives all male indigenous villagers the right to build a three-storey house is clearly discriminatory, unsustainable and flawed. Yet, it has been allowed to continue for decades despite blatant abuses.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Women Breaking Through Leadership

Women Breaking Through Leadership by Stefania Lucchetti, Anna Bisazza Restless Travellers

Stefania Lucchetti has a burning desire to smash the glass ceiling that has been preventing women from getting to the top.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Behind the mask

Diplomacy used to be simple for Beijing. During the cold war, Chinese leaders could safely count on shared geopolitical interests of other countries in securing good relations. They did not have to take into account ideological differences or economic benefits.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Product pours oil on troubled waters of racial sensitivity in marketing

Blame it on Google's automatic translation, but the original name for the Hong Kong-made product isn't any better.

Alert reader Yvonne Chan sent us this advertisement from a mainland marketing website.

The English translation for the product: 'Hong Kong nigger oil 60ml.'

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Young slave's tale of breaking the bonds a fascinating read

Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 9780747598060

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Government immoral on race law, says EOC chief

The government was morally wrong to exempt itself from being prosecuted for racial discrimination, the new head of the Equal Opportunity Commission, Lam Woon-kwong, said.

And efforts at patriotic education may have contributed to racist views among Hongkongers, Lam, who became head of the anti-discrimination watchdog two months ago, said.

24 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Does Najib dare defy his base to get reform?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered last week his long-promised plans to reform the country's New Economic Policy (NEP).

In terms of political theatre, it would merit a B-plus; but for economic content, it is worth only a C with lots of minuses and question marks.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Teens need to re-think their values

Many people say the moral standards of today's youngsters are deteriorating. I agree. Most youngsters think they can do whatever they like whenever they want.

Also, they think they have the right to do anything and they want total freedom. Many teenagers only care about materialistic fulfilment, and some girls take part in compensated dating to make extra money.

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am