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Racism in Hong Kong The dictionary defines racism as a tendency to have racial conflict or antagonistic behaviour between different races and belief that one's own race is superior. This belief can have an enormous affect over the way that a group of people treats another. But why do people have such strong feelings of hate and prejudice to others that they believe to be inferior to them? Racism is a blatant form of prejudice or in other words "pre-judgement". People who are prejudice are ones who have strong feelings against certain types of people before that have even met them. This could because of their actions throughout history or their rivalling religious beliefs where people see them as a possible threat and treat every person of that race as if they were the same. ...read more.


But still, racist behaviour remains deeply entrenched among many Hong Kong people, and especially appears among people who have darker skins such a South Asians. Statistics from the Equal Opportunities Commission show that the number of enquiries on racism has increased dramatically from 25 in 1999 to around 70 in the year 2000. Rashida Din, a local Pakistani living in Hong Kong disappointingly complains, "Hong Kong people used to name the minority kids as 'cha jai' or 'cha mui' regardless of whom they are calling." Rashida recalls Kent, one of her primary six Pakistani classmates, was one day attacked by a bunch of Chinese school children. "They threw stones at him and stole his bicycle," Rashida explains. ...read more.


Owing to the way some of the ethnic minority people are treated in Hong Kong, Rashida did not regard Hong Kong as a promising place for them to work. As more and more ethnic minority people begin to move back to their home countries where they feel more at ease, less and less people would like to live or work in Hong Kong. Therefore, Hong Kong would not anymore be an 'international city' or a 'workers paradise' in which it claims to be. Racism is not just a problem for coloured people; it's a problem for everybody. If people do not change their hostile behaviour and opinions, racism will continue to thrive. What sort of society will our future generation be brought up in? A place where there is war on every street because of something as unimportant as skin colour or difference in religion? ...read more.

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