Afsa Fatima (left), 15, and Sehrish, 16, both grew up in Hong Kong but found it extremely hard to learn Chinese because of the lack of support from schools and government. Lack of Chinese language ability can prevent ethnic minority children from moving up the income ladder. Photo: David Wong

Can Hong Kong break the cycle of ethnic minority poverty?

York Chow says schools, employers, the civil service and other official bodies can all help to end the exclusion and underachievement that entrenches poverty across generations

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Afsa Fatima (left), 15, and Sehrish, 16, both grew up in Hong Kong but found it extremely hard to learn Chinese because of the lack of support from schools and government. Lack of Chinese language ability can prevent ethnic minority children from moving up the income ladder. Photo: David Wong
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