I am writing in response to the article “Is Hong Kong racist? Prejudice against ethnic minorities, especially Africans, undermines city’s claim to be truly international” (SCMP, July 21).
Honestly, it hurts to see an international city like Hong Kong still tolerating racism against ethnic minorities. It is true that there are cultural differences but we should learn to accept people from different backgrounds.
If the whole world was only made up of one race, life would be very dull. We can learn valuable life lessons by interacting with people from different cultures. What’s more, every race should be respected. To create a peaceful society, we should not bully or label others.
Hongkongers should be educated about racial prejudice and how it can be extremely hurtful to others.
Kaur Ramandeep, St Paul’s School (Lam Tin)
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Kaur. You are right when you say the world would be a very dull place if we were all the same. Diversity brings such richness to a nation, making it much stronger than countries which lack people from different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Can you imagine what people would be like if they never saw things that were different to their own way of thinking? It would be quite weird.
Having different races mix together gives us a far wider range of problem-solving abilities, than just relying on one ethnicity and its interpretation of the world. But that can also be scary to some people. When their world views are challenged, they are not sure what to trust any more, so they feel more comfortable with things that are familiar.
Hong Kong is generally good at not being racist, but it is not perfect. Racism is a spectrum, not a definite yes or no. So as long as we keep pushing towards the “no racism” side of the spectrum, things will get better.