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South Asians in Hong Kong

South Asian students thwarted by lack of Chinese-language skills

Equal opportunities campaigner Fermi Wong is flanked by students Igra Khan (far left) and Thas Mohamed. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Local primary students have no problem reading and writing the Chinese characters for common words such as “mushroom”, “pumpkin” or even “universal suffrage”. Not so for Pakistani girl Igra Khan, who is in Form Three.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 10:51am 1 comment

City should offer health education appropriate to different cultures

The population of South Asians living in Hong Kong has grown in the last two decades.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

It's time for HK to rethink blacklist

It seems everyone is enamoured by lists that categorise and stereotype. From the annual Forbes list of the world's richest people to the weekly lists of best-selling books, movies, diets and even holiday destinations, there is something for everybody. A world without a top-10 roll of honour would be unthinkable.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


ESF fills role government should play

Cynthia Sze is correct in pointing out that there is nothing like the English Schools Foundation anywhere in the world ('Hong Kong should not pay ESF to maintain its luxurious schools', August 30).

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tongue tied

Vivek Mahbubani, a Hong Kong-born Indian comedian, tells jokes in Cantonese. He won the "funniest Chinese person" title at the first Hong Kong Comedy Festival. Photo: Oliver Tsang

Vivek Mahbubani has made a name for himself by cracking jokes about his ethnicity. An ethnic Indian, born and raised in Hong Kong, the 28-year-old builds his stand-up comedy routine around cultural and racial stereotypes about South Asian residents like himself.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ambiguities in race law raise need for inquiry into shooting

I am saddened by the shooting death of a homeless Nepali man last week. All we know from the news is the police version of events saying the officer was simply defending himself. The truth, however, could be a different story.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

New radio shows help fill the gap for South Asian community

RTHK's English-language channel, Radio 3, will be hosting two ethnic-minority programmes starting today. The two programmes - in Urdu and Nepali - are to provide news, culture and music to listeners.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Sikh community steeped in history

THE IMAGE OF Sikhs for most Hongkongers is one of burly, turban-wearing, bearded bank guards who convey an air of unwavering duty. However, this stereotype belies a rich history.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Friendship stands the test of time

EVERY FOUR YEARS it seems there is only one story in town. 'You are probably thinking of all the people who turned out to see England's first World Cup match,' said British Consul-General Stephen Bradley.

He was responding to a question about Hong Kong's enduring fondness for the United Kingdom, and the diplomat's one-liner contained a great deal of truth.

22 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Soldiering on

IN A BARE training hall in Yuen Long, some youngsters practise taekwondo while their instructor prepares a lesson. There's little about his slight build and unassuming manner to suggest it, but Khadka Raju is a black-belt exponent of the Korean martial art.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Asia's world city?

It is often said that Hong Kong aspires to be 'Asia's world city', potentially the London or New York of Asia, and certainly it is said that the goal is not to be just another city of many in China.

However, in order to potentially reach the aspiration Hong Kong policies need to be in agreement and run in tandem with the goal.

7 Aug 2003 - 12:00am


The Pakistan Islamic Welfare Union has been struggling since the establishment of the SAR in 1997 for non-Chinese residents of Hong Kong to be given Chinese nationality.

12 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Triumph and despair


Those who arrived in Hong Kong before the handover, and were born after at least one of their parents became a Hong Kong permanent resident. Estimated to be less than 100 beneficiaries.

11 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Third-World attitudes in racist Hong Kong

I responded to an advert in the classified section of the South China Morning Post, for property in Richview Terrace.

When I called the estate agent to get more details I was told the agent would do her best to 'convince' the landlord. She then asked my nationality.

17 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Nationality decisions not 'low level'

To suggest, as one of your readers does in the letter headlined 'Low-level officials make crucial decisions' (South China Morning Post, June 9), that 'rule by man' prevails is to ignore the laws of Hong Kong.

Article 18 of and Annex III to the Basic Law provide that the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China applies in the Hong Kong SAR.

13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am