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Ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

Discrimination exists in Hong Kong, but openness to refugee children is a bright spot

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 April, 2018, 10:48am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 April, 2018, 10:48am

I am writing in response to the article, “Racial discrimination is still a problem in Hong Kong, but attitudes are changing” (April 23). 

A survey showed that 60 per cent of Hong Kong’s Chinese residents believe prejudice against ethnic minorities is still common. I believe there are two reasons for this. The first reason is that there are fewer of them in society. It is therefore a natural law of human society that they would face discrimination, by way of being different. 

The second reason is that people discriminate against others because of their shared history, as in the case of white and black Americans.

But everyone should have the same rights and be treated fairly. We need to accommodate different ethnicities, even if they have distinct cultures or languages. Humanity is one big family after all. 

I would suggest that the government strengthen moral education. That would help people understand why they should not discriminate, and this will promote equality in society.

However, in the same article, I was happy to read that there are more people in Hong Kong who support giving the right of abode to refugee children born here. I admire their kindness. 

If our government can provide more suggestions and policies to end discrimination, the relationships between Chinese Hongkongers and minority races will become better and our society will be more harmonious.

Fiona Lee, Kwai Chung