HOW TO READ THE NEWS - SAMPLE ANSWERS: Fight against discrimination [August 1, 2018]

HOW TO READ THE NEWS - SAMPLE ANSWERS: Fight against discrimination [August 1, 2018]

Is Hong Kong doing enough to combat racism?

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HKU graduate Suskihanna Gurung will speak to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, as part of a HK delegation.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

Q: What is the full name of the UN committee mentioned in the first paragraph?

A: The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Q: Why does the committee holding these meetings, and why would they want to speak to Gurung?

A: To assess how Hong Kong has implemented provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and because Gurung can tell them about her experiences as an ethnic minority in Hong Kong.

Q: What are some of the points that Gurung wants to raise with the committee?

A: Hong Kong’s education system for ethnic minority students, and racial profiling.

Q: What does Gurung think about the Race Discrimination Ordinance?

A: That it is not enough to stop racial discrimination in Hong Kong.

Q: What will Gurung do when she comes back to Hong Kong, and why might she be confident?

A: She wants to teach ethnic minority students, and she thinks that her experiences will help the kids relate to her more.

Q: What does she think is more important than just making laws banning discrimination based on race?

A: Encouraging an attitude of “integration and racial harmony within society.”

Q: Why do you think the Race Discrimination Ordinance might not be enough to stop racial discrimination?

A: Racist attitudes can be so deeply embedded in society, a law would not be able to change it.

Q: What are some things in Hong Kong that reinforce racist attitudes?

A: TV shows or prejudicial news stories can reinforce racist beliefs.

Q: What are some of the strategies the government has adopted to eliminate racism? Have they been successful?

A: They have given more money for education, but the

Q: What are some other things Hongkongers can do?

A: They can improve their news literacy, and their cultural sensitivity, and by doing things outside of their comfort zone, like getting to know other people from different cultures.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Fight against discrimination

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