To make ethnic minorities feel at home in Hong Kong, change in attitude is needed alongside education policies
I am writing in response to the article, “What happens when Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students are separated at school from ethnic Chinese children?” (May 7).
The article said the government did too little to promote multicultural interaction in schools and the underlying reason many kindergartens tend to not enrol ethnic minority children is that local Chinese parents would then refuse to send their children there.
These are many criticisms of the educational policies in Hong Kong, but let us not forget the other important factor which leads to a lack of interaction between Chinese and the ethnic minorities – a culture of bias against those we see as outsiders.
Policies can influence society, but they can only act as a catalyst for the public to change. Hence, the key to solving this problem is to focus on changing people’s attitudes, instead of just governmental policies.
There is an old Chinese saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. We should accept our neighbours from the ethnic minorities as one of us, instead of constantly focusing on the difference between us.
Furthermore, we should be concerned about their needs and lend them a helping hand, since they have to face more difficulties than us. Assisting them would allow them to feel our warmth and our mental segregation will slowly disappear.
We should not only blame governmental policies, since all of us can do something to resolve this issue. All it takes is willingness and diligence.
Ricky Lee, Aberdeen