Title

Ethnic minorities and ethnicity in Hong Kong

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong

Edition

1st ed.

Publication Date

2018

First Page

259

Last Page

274

Publisher

Routledge

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of ethnic minorities and ethnicity in Hong Kong. It argues that discussions regarding Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities tend to overlook the ethnic diversity of the territory both past and present. A broad historical analysis of the multicultural mix of colonial Hong Kong highlights a longstanding presence of South Asian migrants, European elites, and a mix of Chinese ethnicities. A set of themes form the narrative of the post-colonial analysis of Hong Kong that interrogates the Racial Discrimination Ordinance (RDO), Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH), and the education of ethnic minorities. The concluding discussion connects changing attitudes to ethnic minorities with a growing concern about the Hong Kong identity and self-determination. It is argued that Hong Kong has tended to use ethnic minorities for its own interests both commercial and political, and fails to recognise that the concerns of these important populations are tied to the broader fate of the Hong Kong populace.

DOI

10.4324/9781315660530-16

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2018 Routledge.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781138959934

Language

English

Recommended Citation

O'Connor, P. (2018). Ethnic minorities and ethnicity in Hong Kong. In T.-l. Lui, S. W. K. Chiu, R. Yep (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong (pp.259-274). London: Routledge.

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