22 September 2015
Press release: HONG KONG HAS FAILED ITS ETHNIC MINORITY POPULATION IN SO MANY WAYS
The Zubin Foundation, a not for profit think tank working on social issues that don’t receive enough attention in Hong Kong, has released a comprehensive report on ethnic
minorities in Hong Kong. ‘The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong, 1997 to 2014’ was commissioned by The Zubin Foundation’s Shalini Mahtani and conducted by Puja Kapai, Director at The University of Hong Kong’s, Centre for Comparative and Public and Law.
The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong, 1997 to 2014, is the first research on ethnic minorities
across all areas of life, from crime and health to employment and education, and has been compiled,
synthesized, and interpreted by author Puja Kapai. What is unique too about this research too is that two
ethnic minority women, Shalini Mahtani and Puja Kapai, are behind it.
“For many years the Hong Kong government has been asking for evidence of the fact that ethnic
minorities are being marginalised in Hong Kong. Here it is. The research compiled gives us a fairly
complete picture. Ethnic minorities are less educated, tend to be overwhelmingly in elementary
occupations, have lower income levels, and are much more likely to be poor and it’s therefore not
surprising that their crime rates are rising. It’s hard to be an ethnic minority in Hong Kong- with
discrimination and exclusion. The question is how committed is Hong Kong to address this?” said Shalini Mahtani, Chair of The Zubin Foundation.
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