Hong Kong has always
been a city of immigrants. Most of them are from
various parts of Mainland China. There are also
The non-Chinese population in Hong Kong consists
of 3 different categories. The first group is
those who come to Hong Kong to work. They include
investors, business people, professionals and
migrant workers. The second group is refugees
and asylum seekers. The third group consists of
ethnic minorities who are permanent residents
of Hong Kong.
These 3 groups of people face different issues.
Here we will focus on the ethnic minorities who
are permanent residents of Hong Kong. Among them
South Asians is one of the largest groups.
As ethnic minorities have their own cultures
and languages, promotion of social inclusion is
an important issue. The delay of enactment of
the legislation against social discrimination
is very disappointing. In fact a more proactive
approach should be adopted. Relevant legislations
should aim at enhancing social inclusion of ethnic
minorities in Hong Kong and not just taking preventive
and remedial measures to forbid social discrimination.
Besides legislation, education is also important.
We should try to cultivate a culture of social
inclusion, in particular the inclusion of ethnic
minorities among Hong Kong citizens. After all,
Hong Kong is always a city of immigrants. Civic
education has to be conducted so as to change
the mindset of citizens to perceive ethnic minorities
as a family, and Hong Kong as a home for all races.
Mutual respect should be one of the major themes
to be advocated.
One of the ways to achieve all these is to set
up a high power social inclusion commission to
implement the Racial Discrimination Ordinance.
The jurisdiction of the Commission should be given
the authority to actively investigate cases that
break the Ordinance. The Commission should also
be given sufficient resources to promote, educate
and advocate for a society free from social discrimination.
A world class metropolitan is not made up of
buildings. A world class metropolitan is a city
of multi-culture and social inclusion.