Category Archives : Possibly Racist

POLITICS – Full Lowdown: Time Hong Kong Moved On from Manila Bus Crisis 50

The Hong Kong journalists removed from Indonesia’s APEC summit elicited little sympathy from netizens this week. HK radio and TV crews had their press passes revoked and were briefly detained by Bali Police after hollering questions about the Manila Bus Crisis at Benigno Aquino, president of the Philippines. Whilst this blog believes world leaders often deserve a good heckling, the reporters in question were accused of adopting an ‘activist’ approach by aggressively shouting irrelevant questions…

Some online commenters saw their actions as irresponsible and their eviction from the premises somewhat deserved, if not a little extreme. NOW TV, however, stated their reporters were “only engaged in normal reporting duties.” This is in-keeping with the competitive behaviour of tabloid journalists back in HK, where it is ‘normal’ to accost public figures, trigger scuffles with sharpened elbows or harass victims.

BLOG – Guide to Hong Kong’s Beaches 5

A mildly amusing and possibly offensive overview of HK’s beach scene…

Hong Kong Beaches

POLITICS – Hong Kong NOT World’s Most Racist State After All 8

Several articles criticising the methodology behind the Washington Post Racism vs. Economic Freedom story have appeared online. The original piece by Max Fisher appeared to show HK to be the most racist state in the world.

Hong Wrong noted the survey was outdated, whilst Reddit-user ‘cf18’ examined the original questionnaire which translates from traditional Chinese as follows…

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The original survey

“26. For people with these background, which do you find unacceptable to be your neighbour? [show card]”

a – with criminal record

b – different race

c – heavy drinker

d – emotionally unstable


Answer: (1) acceptable (2) unacceptable

The source data for the article presents participant’s answers differently. It summarises responses as if participants were presented with ‘tick boxes’ whereby each person checks off each of the various groups of people they would be uncomfortable living next to. The data for HK is presented as a plain: ‘participant mentioned‘ or ‘participant not mentioned‘, as opposed to ‘acceptable‘ or ‘unacceptable‘ for each one. This suggests the ‘mentioned’ numbers actually related to the ‘acceptable’ column, meaning the figures are inverted.  As ‘cf18’ notes…

‘NEWS’ – Colgate to Relaunch Darkie ‘Racist’ Toothpaste 10

eycwfAr.png (258×73)News’ from the Hong Wrong Sub-Standard: Colgate-Palmolive are relaunching their Darlie brand of toothpaste next month under its original name, ‘Darkie’. A spokesperson for the company stated that “With Obama as president, we now live in a post-racial society… Besides, it is not possible for Hong Kong people to be racist, as China never had slavery.”

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We invited life-long black person and HK resident Malik DeAndre to try Darkie Whitening Toothpaste for one week. When asked whether the brand was ‘a bit racist’, he stated that Everyone’s a little bit racist, but when I use Darkie Whitening, it’s like I’m brushing away all those years of oppression and institutionalised discrimination.”

BLOG – We’re Number 1! Hong Kong is World’s Most Racist State 37

N.B. – See the update here.

Doing the rounds on HK’s social networks today is a survey featured in the Washington Post claiming Hong Kong to be one of the most racist states in the world. 71.8% of Hong Kongers would prefer not to live next to a person of a different race, compared to 71.7% of Bangladeshis – putting us at number 1…

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via Washington Post, click to enlarge

Many mainstream media outlets are regurgitating the story without examining the data (with the dreaded Daily Mail labelling HK a ‘developing country‘). The original source is the World Values Survey and the figures for Hong Kong are 8 years old. The latest research was conducted in 2005, when 1252 people were questioned (1000 is the minimum). Bear in mind this represents less than 0.02% of the population.

EVENTS – Hong Kong Problems, the Theatrical Production

Part theatre experience. Part social media experiment‘, Hong Kong Problems: The Play opens next week and is based on the popular hashtag #hkproblems

“Ever had pedestrian rage in TST caused by an over abundance of copy watch guys? Suffer from a tiger mother? Do you know where your octopus card is?”

  • March 21st-23rd – next Thursday thru Saturday, at 8pm. Venue: Beating Heart, 7-9 Hill Rd., 8F, A2, Shek Tong Tsui. Price: HK$150 at the door, but ensure you reserve tickets here. BYOB.
  • There is a free preview performance this Wednesday at TDHK. Tickets here.

EVENTS – Russell Peters Live in Hong Kong 2

Today, it was announced that Russell Peters will be performing in Hong Kong on March 22nd. The gig, at AsiaWorld Expo, coincides with the first day of the Rugby 7s. The Asian leg of his Notorious world tour will also encompass Singapore and Malaysia this spring. Tickets are on sale via HK Ticketing here.

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Two essential HK-related videos… Filing under ‘Possibly Racist’