February 27, 2007

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Diversity by being the same

Hong Kong: not such a world city.

What the analysis hints at but misses is that ethnicity is not a great way to assess diversity. If more of Hong Kong's population are ethnic Chinese, what does that matter? Some will be American Chinese, English Chinese, Australian Chinese. Others will be mainlanders who come from a diverse array of places. That's not to excuse the undercurrent of racism that is very much alive in Hong Kong, especially for South and South East Asians, but it is to say that you can't judge a city's people by their faces.

posted by Simon on 02.27.07 at 02:15 PM in the Hong Kong category.


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