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If Chinese is a hurdle, Hong Kong’s ethnic minority jobseekers have only themselves to blame

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 July, 2018, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 July, 2018, 3:02pm

Henry Wong (“Chinese is the biggest hurdle for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority jobseekers, can someone help?”, July 13) uses a one-sided argument to accuse the Hong Kong government of alienating ethnic minorities with its language policy when it comes to job hunting.

The lack of language skills becoming a hurdle to social integration and landing white-collar jobs is not unique to Hong Kong. It is true of immigrants in many overseas societies as well. Nobody puts the blame on so-called local protectionism, because it is the outsiders who lack communication skills and have failed to integrate.

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I can recount many heartbreaking stories of ethnic Chinese worldwide, whether in Vancouver, London or Brisbane, who were relegated to third-class jobs over language deficiencies.

An ex-professional from Hong Kong could only earn a living by pouring drinks in a bar, or as a restaurant waiter. Immigrant children struggled to get into private schools, finding it difficult to blend into Western society given the racial differences. Many families unwillingly returned to Hong Kong for the sake of a steady job. It was a wise choice to not waste time on a low- or no-return investment.

Edmond Pang, Fanling