Survey Results on Racial Discrimination in Hong Kong


No. of Total Valid Respondents: 23

  1. Ethnicity:

    Filipino

    84

    68%

    European

    17

    14%

    Pakistani

    6

    5%

    Indian

    3

    2%

    Indonesian

    3

    2%

    African

    3

    2%

    Japanese

    1

    1%

    Eurasian

    1

    1%

    Caribbean

    1

    1%

    West Indian

    1

    1%

    Australian

    1

    1%

    Unknown

    2

    2%

     

    123

    100%


  2. Are you a permanent resident of Hong Kong?

    Yes: If yes, are you a resident anywhere else? Please Specity.

    19

    15%

    No:„³If no, please specify which country

    100

    81%

    No answer

    4

    3%

     

    123

    100%


  3. Have you personally experienced or witnessed racial discrimination in Hong Kong?

    Yes

    82

    67%

    No:„³If no, please skip to Question 6

    34

    28%

    No answer

    7

    6%

     

    123

    100%


  4. In what type of setting did the racial discrimination occur? (check all that apply)

     

     

    (Of 82 "yes" in question 3)

    Employment -- hire, fire, advancement

    37

    45%

    Admission to facilities

    27

    33%

    Sale/delivery of goods or services

    16

    20%

    Government services

    13

    16%

    Home purchase or rental

    12

    15%

    Medical care -- emergency care or other

    10

    12%

    Access to institution of education

    5

    6%

    Business/investment -- opportunity for enterprise

    4

    5%

    Other -- please specify

    10

    12%


  5. Do you believe legislation prohibiting racial discrimination would be helpful to Hong Kong?

    Yes

    98

    80%

    No

    19

    15%

    No answer

    6

    5%

     

    123

    100%


  6. Would you support legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in Hong Kong?

    Yes

    94

    76%

    No

    22

    18%

    No answer

    7

    6%

     

    123

    100%



EXTRACTS FROM RESPONSES

Respondent 1
My previous position (xxxxx Director) was re-classified as needing a Cantonese speaker (not true, I did the job with ease for 3 years) - this was the Hong Kong xxxxx. My contract was not renewed. I now run my own business.
Other cases of discrimination would include academics who feel they have lost their position because of their race. (a University)
Difficulty in getting a taxi at times.

Respondent 2
Irish expat labeled all Filipinos as greedy who "take, take, take".
British barrister labeling all Vietnamese as liars and violent. The person tried to convince this barrister otherwise but to no avail.
Bus driver yelled at a mainlander pretending not to understand his semi-Cantonese question.
Vietnamese refugees were being fired after the employer discovered through a police check that he or she was Vietnamese even though the employee did nothing wrong.

Respondent 3
My experience of discrimination was following surgery attending a clinic for after care. I was not refused treatment but was bombarded with questions regarding my parentage. I ended up asking if this had any relevance to my examination.
I feel that for many non-Chinese in Hong Kong racial discrimination is a daily occurrence and a fact of life - sadly.

Respondent 4
I watched my Filipino friend put off for 45 minutes at the airline counter for no reason at all.

Respondent 5
Through job seeking, both in company and in employment agency, if I've told that I'm an expat, then they only had a bad answer for me.

Respondent 6
June 1998. On a daily basis, vendors, especially of food charge more to Caucasians than Asians. Also rents!

Respondent 7
I was surprised to find the same treatment of foreigners here in Hong Kong for many goods and services (non-institutionalized). Some Chinese landlords won't rent to foreigners as well. I have experienced this recently when looking for an apartment.

Respondent 8
I experienced this in our post office if they know that their customers are Filipino, they usually shout at us. We are all the same.

Respondent 9
It just happened last January 1 1996. We queued up at the bus stop going to xxxxx Park. We were the first in line, but the Chinese driver let the other Chinese on first. He said they are Chinese people so he let them in first. Maybe because only domestic helpers here in Hong Kong.

Respondent 10
When I'm going to the market, I don't know what they are saying but they don't know how to speak English. They say I'm crazy and they throw away my things. There is also discrimination when we are in public places or on public transport.

Respondent 11
I paid for a house/flat and was asked to pick up the keys to the flat the next day. I got there the next day only to discover they've given that same flat to an indigene. It was hell for me collecting the money back. Other cases of racial discrimination includes the treatment given to my fellow black brothers at the immigration point of entry into Hong Kong.

Respondent 12
Under the Hong Kong localisation programme, despite being a permanent resident only court action prevented denial of permanent employment. Government continues to use language as an excuse to employ only Chinese. It is an excuse because although the language levels are difficult to obtain they are useless as far as the job is concerned. Other incidences of discrimination can be seen in general attitudes, and abuse to Indians and Filipinos. I believe legislation prohibiting racial discrimination would be helpful and support legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in Hong Kong.

Respondent 13
Experienced difficulties in employment (hire, fire, advancement). I have a Chinese employer and they are big in Hong Kong. They have always kept me away from any promotions and are most favourable to white skin. My other 2 Indian and 1 Filipino colleagues experienced the same thing. I believe legislation would be helpful, and support legislation.

Respondent 14
I experienced problems in government services and sale/delivery of goods or services. At the immigration at Kai Tak, both passport clearances and customs target black people.

Respondent 15
I experienced discrimination in government services and in employment. I applied for a job as a government xxxxx officer. I've got the full requirements for the post but they still rejected my application especially in the government department, also the xxxxx the xxxxx departments also rejected my application. Many of my friends work in Hong Kong by contract and have very little salary and are treated very badly and have a lot of work. I do believe that legislation prohibiting racial discrimination would be helpful in Hong Kong, and I do support legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in Hong Kong.

Respondent 16
I was discriminated against from the government services. I was being abused by an immigration officer while being interviewed during the processing of my application for a visa endorsement in my new passport. He abused me, my country and my government. I could do nothing as he was in power. So many times I'm stopped from being aboard taxis when some Chinese passengers come. Sometimes they don't stop on my call. I do believe that legislation prohibiting racial discrimination would be helpful to Hong Kong, and I do support legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in Hong Kong.

Respondent 17
I experienced discrimination in personal inter-relationships. It is not just one incident but a pattern. I live in a community of predominantly Chinese people. They subtly let me know often how stupidly I act - "just like an American".

Respondent 18
I experienced discrimination in admission to facilities. British and Chinese have to pay to get in to a lot of night clubs.

Respondent 19
I had a friend who had a very bad experience in a computer shop, being insulted by the sales assistant. I was not present but she related the incident to me, and was very upset by it.

Respondent 20
1. Home - more expensive
2. Sales - more expensive and people get angry if you disagree or don't buy and curse at you.
3. Cab - pick up Chinese first.

Respondent 21
I have a general feeling of "us" and "them". Different treatment and prices for "gweilos". In April and may I worked in xxxxx bar in Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai, where Filipinos were paid a substantially lower wage than gweilos for the same work or more work. I hated this and left.

Respondent 22
I know about cases of racial discrimination about the domestic helpers in Hong Kong. People here downgraded us. Especially if they know that we came from the Philippines.

Respondent 23
The attitudes of government officials is very discriminatory against Africans. My friend entering Hong Kong was discriminated against by Immigration officials.

Respondent 24
I have become increasingly aware of resentment of Hong Kong people towards Mainland Chinese. I am not aware of anyone who has acted upon this resent, but it has been voiced to me frequently.

Respondent 25
I have experienced discrimination from the service lift area, and do support legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in Hong Kong.

Respondent 26
The entire history of British Imperial Hong Kong is discriminatory.

Respondent 27
My boss is a Westerner, but he treats every employee is different. We have many different people like English, Canadian, Philippines, and Chinese, the less benefit is Chinese people in my office. I have no idea, but I believe that everywhere in the world, people treat some different country person different.

Respondent 28
Hong Kong born Indians cannot become Chinese citizens. The general public service industry are sometimes more friendly to white people and more hostile to Filipinos and colored races.

Respondent 29
I witnessed a case of discrimination. An Indian male not too well dressed (by Hong Kong standard) being snubbed by a salesgirl in a shop.

Respondent 30
I experienced discrimination in terms of admission to facilities and business administration. A sales (Anglo) humiliated Chinese staff in front of customers. (xxxxxx Fitness Centre )


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