Two weeks ago the group Unison, which exposes racism, released findings that showed many kindergartens either rejected so-called ethnic minority children or shut them out by providing vital information only in Chinese.
Was there a public outcry? No. Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said nothing, nor did legislators, including those who would make a big show of fighting for equality.
The Equal Opportunities Commission kept its characteristic silence. Last week it emerged that a 12-year-old mainland boy had been living illegally in the city for nine years with his grandmother, who used fake documents to get him here after his parents abandoned him. Legislator Chan Yuen-han publicised the case to gain support for the boy. The Immigration Department instantly issued him temporary papers. Ng expressed sympathy.
A school appraised him for a place. Ethnic minority children must be wondering why no one cares about the injustices they face even though they are born locally, while a mainland child who is residing illegally gets Rolls-Royce treatment. Public Eye does not begrudge the boy getting help. We are just pointing out the reality of one city, two standards.