Europeans were often preferred for executive secretary positions because they could be more thoroughly vetted than Chinese counterparts.
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Why were Hong Kong’s executive secretaries and police typists almost always European?

While Western-educated émigrés from China were viewed with suspicion, local Portuguese women and the ‘fishing fleet’ from Britain were highly sought after as executive secretaries in 20th-century Hong Kong

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Europeans were often preferred for executive secretary positions because they could be more thoroughly vetted than Chinese counterparts.
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