People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP
People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP
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Opinion

Opinion

Mouthing Off by Andrew Sun

When a white face is more marketable in a European restaurant in Hong Kong than a Chinese face, that’s racism

  • In Hong Kong, like everywhere else, racism is a problem, and in the city’s restaurant industry it’s a big problem
  • Why, for example, are Western chefs praised for cooking Asian food, yet Chinese chefs not trusted to cook Western dishes?

People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP
People visit bars and restaurants in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong. Some local Chinese people don’t like to eat out in Central and Mid-Levels because they think there are too many “gweilos” (a pejorative Chinese term for white people), Andrew Sun writes. Photo: AFP
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Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun

Andrew Sun has dabbled in many shades of the media spectrum for 25 years, from college radio, TV, print and online columnist to starting film festivals, managing music labels and authoring food books. Someday he will figure what he wants to be when he grows up.