Big trouble in Little Korea: spiral of race hate grips Tokyo

Japanese right wing groups protest against Koreans in Tokyo. Photo: Xinhua

Kim Dong-sun says she is often frightened to walk home after work, but particularly on Sundays - one of the busiest of the week in the Shin-Okubo district of central Tokyo, an area that has evolved into a community of Korean residents of Japan.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 5:07am 12 comments

'Racist attack' on Chinese students in France sparks widespread outrage

Chinese tourists visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: AFP

China’s internet users reacted with outrage to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials. The oenology students were attacked early on Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France’s interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

17 Jun 2013 - 8:35am 26 comments

Online rants hit sour note for 11-year-old Mexican folk singer

Sebastien de la Cruz sings the national anthem. Photo: AFP

A rendition of the US anthem sung at a basketball game by an 11-year-old Mariachi singer sparked a racism-tinged online response that was quickly crushed by the boy's supporters.

15 Jun 2013 - 2:47am

Philippines files racism complaint against Hong Kong fans

The Philippine Football Federation has asked Fifa to investigate allegations that Filipino supporters were subject to racist abuse during last week’s friendly in Hong Kong.

The federation’s head of marketing Ebong Joson said that complaint was filed on Tuesday. He said his office was preparing an official statement later on Thursday.

13 Jun 2013 - 1:19pm 1 comment

Racism, or just plain ignorance?

Anti-racial discrimination protest in Hong Kong. Photo: Martin Chan

A white guy with half-Asian kids, a local girlfriend, living in a city that's 95 per cent Chinese - no way would anyone think that I'm racist. To boot, I'm blind, which takes away the possibility of visual stereotyping. Yet there I was the other night, fresh off the bus around midnight, wanting nothing at all to do with the man who had struck up a conversation with me.

11 Jun 2013 - 1:44am

Racial taunting must not be tolerated

Survivors of the hostage shootings and relatives of the victims offer prayers during a Buddhist ceremony at the scene of the tragedy in Manila. Photo: Felix Wong

When a bus full of Hong Kong tourists was taken hostage and eight of them were killed in Manila three years ago, the local community was shocked. Watching the tragedy unfold on the television screen was traumatic, and left us feeling outraged yet helpless.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am 1 comment

Filipinos provoked local soccer fans, says supporters' club

Facebook page of The Power of Hong Kong

A Hong Kong soccer supporters' club has hit back at Filipino fans who were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by people in a home crowd during an international friendly on Tuesday.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am 5 comments

Australian love affair with sport in danger of becoming an abusive relationship

Barclay Nettlefold resigned.

Lovers of Australian sport might well feel they've been jilted for much of the past year. It began at last year's London Games, where the country's Olympians won just seven gold medals, their worst total in 20 years. Its much-vaunted swim team won only one gold - in a relay - and some of its male members were accused of bullying other swimmers and taking banned sleeping medication.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Racist Hongkongers who abused Philippine players and fans must be punished

An official badge and a ticket for the Hong Kong vs Philippines friendly match to be given away. Photo: Antony Dickson

Racial abuse is nothing to be proud of, not amusing, nor clever; it is shameful. That is the only way a section of supporters of the Hong Kong soccer team who gestured and hurled slurs and objects at fans of the Philippines during an international friendly at Mong Kok stadium on Tuesday night can view their actions.

7 Jun 2013 - 8:18am 18 comments

British National Party protest after soldier's killing drowned out by anti-fascists

BNP supporters gathered to protest the May 22 killing of British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo: AP

Police intervened to separate about 150 far-right protesters from a much larger anti-racism crowd in London yesterday to stop them from coming to blows over the killing of a British soldier on a busy street last week.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Fifa adopts resolution to toughen sanctions in bid to curb racism

Sepp Blatter

Fifa's Congress in Mauritius yesterday adopted a resolution that will lead to tougher sanctions in cases of racism, including points deductions and even relegation for repeat offenders.

The soccer congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution, with 204 votes for and just one against.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:03am

Racist Hong Kong is still a fact

Equal chance

Recently, there has been much media coverage over the results of the global World Values Survey, which seemed to indicate that seven out of 10 Hongkongers do not wish to live next to someone of a different race. For a few days, it appeared that Hong Kong was the most racially intolerant of all the places surveyed.

25 May 2013 - 5:27am 35 comments

Garcia hopes to talk to Woods at US Open

 Sergio Garcia (left) and Tiger Woods (right). Garcia hopes to talk to Woods at US Open. Photo: AP

Sergio Garcia is yet to speak to Tiger Woods after making an inappropriate remark about the world No. 1-ranked golfer, though he would certainly take an opportunity to open some direct dialogue at the US Open if he gets a chance next month.

24 May 2013 - 11:10am

Roma hit with fan ban over racist abuse

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli. Photo: AFP

Roma will play their next league game without fans in the Olympic Stadium’s ‘Curva Sud’ for their role in targeting AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli with racist abuse last week, officials said on Monday.

Balotelli was among several Milan players subjected to the abuse when the sides played out a scoreless Serie A draw at the San Siro.

21 May 2013 - 11:54am

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