hong kong is one of the world's most international cities and financial areas so it is very rare for racism to occur, as many locals grow up with people of all races. I have lived in hk so long and I've made friends of all races from primary school to middle school- cantonese, mainland chinese, taiwanese, indian, american, british, australian, new zealand. We all get along and I'm really blessed that I don't see racism in hong kong at all. When I moved overseas for university I realised that hong kong was such a bubble because discrimination is noticeable outside of my hometown. If anything, hong kong in general are not racist. I think that there might be certain misunderstandings when people of different races get together and don't speak the same language, (ie cantonese); and some people who are more posh (rich) may sometimes look down on their poorer counterparts, but I don't see any racial hatred in hk.
There is indeed racism between the Chinese and Indian the Sub-Continent people (Pak/India/Sri Lankans. etc). Which is a shame.
There is another racism. Go to Sai Kung or other places where the White expats live, you will note that they treat locals like they are not welcome.....Amazing!
Driver of Minibus asked me to get out after I paid the fare and waiting for it to move. He used Slang word in Cantonese to my specified ethnicity and told me to "get out, even though I paid fee"
Yes, clearly very racist . The darker you are the more locals don't like you. Wonder what the origin of that is ?
Yes,Hong Kong is a most racist society. I've lived in HK for like 10 years before and after the '97 handover. I'm overseas Chinese and this is what I've learned over the years.
If you wear a hat with a neck shade/sand protector your called Japanese. WTF. My Cantonese is bad as I don't know what that is as I speak Hakka,but thru alot of trial and error like when a parent speaks to a baby,I mimic the sound. So today my Cantonese is passable.But I still can't read or write it.I'd lost out on jobs and interview time it's like write it or read the test. Fail
.Anyway,domestic helpers Indonesian are the lowest paid and most abused $1k, Filipinas get several times that need to do extra chorus for their stay in the household. When you go to the customs you'll notice the sign HKID passport nationals here.I see a darker skin person jumping the queue to this officer and the officer just got their pen and pointed at the sign,. The traveler had an SAR passport. When your overseas like to the States(a stopover for me) customs will have Asian speaking interpreter available.
When going out on to clubs and bars do you want to be local or western? In local clubs all Chinese,and triads wannabe's singing karoake and playing loud guessing dice games. Or go to western bars and clubs with high marked up entrance fee and drinks with juke box music playing or live bands singing in English songs. Well I can experience both and everybody wants my greens.
Westerners caucasians they think they're superior to locals. That's why they're always in Wanchai,Hollywood road or at the Lan Kwai Fong.
You live there long enough you'll pick up on the slangs and swears.I'm proficient in this area,first learned all the bad language then the rest is easy.
The darker your skin you'll get alot of hatred. For those of you don't know "Gwai" leaned it . Meaning Foreign or ghost add a color and that's you. Local Chinese people will most likely not set foot in Chung king Mansion on Nathan rd. TST.It's a massive apartment building with poor electrical and ventilation problems. It's housing for a lot of low budget tourists and over stayed immigrants. I'm not a full bred local so I went there many times for samosa.
Everyone knows English,they just refused to speak it as they feel embarrassed when it's wrong pronunciation or unable to express their emotions.After 150 years of suppression from the Brits,it's pride to speak the mother language Cantonese.
Although there's an limited opened border of Mainland Chinese daily.HK has the most beef with them. From stealing jobs(locals we're working at a high wage before '97),taking all the bed space to give birth in hospitals and lack of education and manners. Most importantly screwing the welfare benefit system. I know an old 62 year old stays in HK get's his social assistance $ and takes off to his home in a remote place in China after staying 5 days in HK. He repeats this method every month.You can go to you tube for mouthy attitude verbal fights.My weekly kicks.
When mixed marriage happened it's too shocking,if it's not the same skin tone and nationality,it's doom. The parents will never accept and mostly likely disowned and they need to moved out of the district or the country. Stay as far away and not be associate with your birth parents.
If someone didn't experience racism or stereotypical beef,you must have bubble wrap around you and smelling cotton candy.
I was a fortunate to have met local friends,staff and some overseas Chinese during my stay in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong as one of the world's most international cities is a big joke!! “Asia World City” truly isn’t a world city if you compare Hong Kong to New York, Toronto or London, where those cities are true mix of cultures from around the world. With a Chinese population at 95%, Hong Kong in inherently xenophobic just like other places around Asia. The only exception I would say is Singapore, where there is a real blend of different cultures. Singapore truly is “Asia’s World City”.
If you have dark skin, you are immediately regarded as lower class. If you are local, you are judged by your level of financial security, job, where you live and who you know. HK society is brutal and recognised as a very money oriented , immoral and selfish place. I feel for the many Filipinos in HK who are treated like sewer rats. Its quite appalling and I am personally ashamed to be a HK chinese person.
Woah! There are some people who hold some serious anger towards the Hongkees here! ( wink wink! breath a little!)
I was born and raise in Hong Kong, lived in few different countries including France, Japan and USA in period of 12 years.
Honestly, don't feel alone in racism. Chinese can't even stand each other! Look at history of China, north hates the south. Shanghaiese can't stand the Beijing-er...local fighting against each other... etc.
The measurement of Racism is hypothetically different from the east to the west. Dark skin is linked to peasant who works in the field since farming age begin. Chinese, Japanese & Korean perceives white skin to be the standard of beauty, even the Filipinas loves their face whitening products. Look into the statistic of whitening beauty product and compares to western world. Vice versa, Tanning product tends to not sell well in Asia.
Look at the Parisian! They dislike everyone else, which is preciously why Paris is so much fun to explore around. We all holds pride as human being & Hong Kong is a stressful city. Hong kong people cant tolerate a lot of things including noise, waiting in line and too out of the box thinking. People are going to be a bit rude after a tough long day. Chill, have a glass of wine or vent out your anger here if you like. Life can be so much better when you don't hold racism in the core of your mind and assuming other dislike you. Cheers!
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