Hong Kong must pursue true racial integration

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) is “Voices for Action Against Racism” which focuses on strengthening voices that can prevent and stand up against racism. It translates to safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racism.

I have maintained that Hong Kong’s problem with racial discrimination is not so much overt racism as much as systemic racial barriers. Education, employment, access to services are all areas that suffer from inherent issues that prevent equal opportunities for those from non-Chinese communities

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Having talked about those issues in previous articles, I wish to focus on the topic of racial integration for this year’s message on IDERD. “Integration” is generally defined as the action or process of successfully joining or mixing with a different group of people. Unless people get to know each other, there is likely to be suspicion, wariness or plain avoidance of those who are dissimilar. 

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