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…
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.
Participants were asked about what kind of people they would not like to have as neighbours….
- 10.2% ticked ‘drug addicts’.
- 16% ticked ‘heavy drinkers’
- 17% ticked ’emotionally unstable people’
- 42.4% ticked ‘people with a criminal records’
- 43.1% ticked ‘people who have AIDS’
- 48.6% ticked ‘homosexuals’.
- 71.8% ticked ‘people of a different race’
- 78% ticked ‘immigrants/foreign workers’
Hong Kongers would therefore much rather live next to alcoholics or drug addicts than a minority person…
Time Out Hong Kong conducted its own racism survey last year. 83.3% of respondents felt HK was as racist as – or most racist than – the rest of the world…
- Time Out’s feature, ‘Is Hong Kong Racist?’
- Wall St Journal: HK’s Embarrassing Racial Attitudes.
- Huffington Post: Why Does HK Accept Racism So Readily?
- The Jakarta Globe: Hong Kong – World City or Racist?