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Kent Ewing

Sadly, reports coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, these days read a lot like the stories I grew up with in that US state in the 1960s and 1970s: an act of perceived racial injustice against African Americans is followed by violent protest and looting.

Ever since British gunboats took on the overmatched Chinese navy in the name of "free trade" (then a euphemism for the right to peddle opium), Hong Kong has been a place of great paradoxes.

Since 13 British colonies in America became an independent nation 238 years ago, no race has been barred by law from entering the United States - except, that is, the Chinese, declared personae non gratae by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

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