Chilling saga of self-discovery

Auslander Paul Dowswell Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 9780747589099

Monday, 28 September, 2009, 12:00am

High standards needed against discrimination

Hong Kong has had a law against racial discrimination for less than a year. The government is expected soon to reveal administrative guidelines to help officials avoid discrimination in key community services such as health, education, vocational training, employment and major community services.

5 May 2009 - 12:00am


Choose your idols with care

We all have our idols. But not all famous people are good role models. We choose singers, actors, sports stars or other famous personalities as our favourite people.

The majority of them are good role models. For example, the late leader Deng Xiaoping , hurdler Liu Xiang and Canto-pop star Andy Lau Tak-wah are good role models.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Outside, looking in

While the literary world frets about the novel's future in the internet age, author Preeta Samarasan says the Web is only feeding fiction with fresh stories.

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

A heinous killing of Chinese in Sudan

Condemnation can be the only response to the abduction and killing in cold blood of Chinese oil workers in Sudan. Their presence was contributing to that country's economic development. They presumably were not involved in any of the ethnic, separatist or anti-government movements challenging Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir's rule.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Old rivals still wary of each other despite diplomatic thaw

China and Japan are like two bickering old neighbours - their ill feelings do not easily go away, and are easily rekindled.

3 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Racial discrimination is ignorance

There are many types of discrimination but racial discrimination hurts the most.

Racism was perhaps natural hundreds of years ago, when Europeans sailed to new countries and found new populations who they, with their limited experience of the world, believed to be inferior.

But there is no reason for it to exist in the 21st century.

28 May 2008 - 12:00am

Suspicious minds

With the mainland media and netizens continuing to launch attacks on foreign firms and the overseas press, foreigners living on the mainland are starting to feel nervous. Not since May 1999, when the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade sparked widespread anti-western demonstrations, has the mainland been such an uncomfortable place for foreigners.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Great wall of ignorance

I have long been sceptical about Samuel Huntington's famous thesis about the clash of civilisations, not least because it was so enthusiastically embraced by autocrats like Lee Kuan Yew. But the mounting furore surrounding the Beijing Olympics is prompting a change of heart.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Leaders need to be careful dealing with rising nationalist sentiment

If the aggressive protesters in London, Paris and San Francisco have achieved anything significant by disrupting the Olympic torch relay, it has less to do with what they intended.

They hoped to highlight China's human rights record, its recent crackdown in Tibet , religious freedom and its association with the Sudanese government that is responsible for atrocities in Darfur.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A real world city needs a racial discrimination law

Hong Kong promotes itself as 'Asia's World City', but unlike world cities London, New York and Paris, it remains a city where it is legal for a property agent, a hotel or a bar to discriminate against a foreign visitor on racial grounds.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysian vote a clear demand for change

Malaysia's leaders have been shocked by the losses the ruling National Front coalition suffered in elections at the weekend. They believed that their grip on power was so strong that no matter what the demands of their ethnically and culturally diverse constituents, their mandate to rule was assured.

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Film studies: Slave trade

For the past two months, film festival audiences around the world have revisited the legacy of the slave trade through screenings of the documentary Return to Goree.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

It's official: White men don't have a preference for Asian women - any race will do

White men do not have a fetish for Asian women. In fact, the two sides of the gender and racial divide have no special preferences for each other. This is the conclusion of a forthcoming two-year study in the Review of Economic Studies, which also claims to explain why they are also the most common form of interracial dating and marriages.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

wartime massacre

Think about

1 Besides the Holocaust, can you think of other cases of genocide that remain a blot on human history? Discuss with your classmates and teachers the reasons behind these massacres and their consequences.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am