Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Kamala Harris: a progressive choice for vice-presidential candidate in an America still struggling with the language on race

  • In the US, the language concerning racial issues seems to be stuck in the days of slavery and segregation. Then, as now, people who were not seen as entirely ‘white’ were generally deemed ‘black’, rather than mixed race

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event on August 12. Photo: Reuters
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.