‘Gweilo’ has been in use since at least the 16th century. Photo: Sam Tsang
‘Gweilo’ has been in use since at least the 16th century. Photo: Sam Tsang

Is ‘gweilo’ offensive? How native Hongkongers, expats and experts feel about word at centre of court case

  • The word has been around since the 16th century and even expats use it, but some say it’s offensive
  • Experts note meanings of words can change over time, and for now, ‘gweilo’ doesn’t seem all that bad

Topic |   Cantonese culture, slang and customs
‘Gweilo’ has been in use since at least the 16th century. Photo: Sam Tsang
‘Gweilo’ has been in use since at least the 16th century. Photo: Sam Tsang
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