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HK Profile: Dr Lisa Lim – founder of LinguisticMinorities.HK

Originally appeared in ejinsight. Read more at http://www.timeout.com.hk/big-smog/features/74790/hk-profile-dr-lisa-lim-founder-of-linguisticminoritieshk.html It’s quite a statement for a twenty-something Hongkonger to ‘not have ever engaged with anyone from an ethnic minority background’. But that’s exactly what associate professor of English and coordinator of the Language and Communication Programme at HKU, Dr Lisa Lim, says is true of many students […]

Long live Cantopop – In Chinatown, Cantonese squares off against Mandarin

Originally appeared in The Economist. Read more at http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21661035-chinatown-cantonese-squares-against-mandarin-long-live-cantopop IT IS a novelty that few students are likely to notice. When the University of British Columbia (UBC) resumes classes in September it will for the first time offer a course for credit in Cantonese. That seems an unremarkable decision by a Chinese-language department that claims to […]

Let’s build a Nepal town in Hong Kong

Originally appeared in ejinsight. Read more at http://www.ejinsight.com/20150904-let-s-build-a-nepal-town-in-hong-kong/ If ethnic minorities like Nepalese want their voices to be heard in Hong Kong, they need to unite and assert themselves. There are about 195,000 non-Chinese residents in Hong Kong, excluding the foreign domestic helpers, according to the 2011 population census. Non-Chinese Asians number 112,000 while there are […]

Don’t neglect the UK’s indigenous languages

Originally appeared in the guardian Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/29/dont-neglect-uks-indigenous-languages Yes, we should learn French and German – but we shouldn’t ignore our indigenous languages ‘Children from Gaelic-medium schools outperform their English-educated counterparts in English tests.’ Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Murdo Macleod/Guardian Would you be surprised if I told you that, far from being a […]

How many languages can you speak? 90pc of Hong Kong under 30s speak Cantonese, Putonghua and English

Originally appeared in South China Morning Post Read more at http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1852091/more-90pc-hongkongers-aged-under-30-speak A growing number of Hongkongers have become trilingual, with more than 90 per cent of residents under 30 now speaking English and Putonghua, according to a study, although English standards lag behind Chinese. This compares to the 2011 census, which found only about 70 […]

Gov’t must do more to support Hong Kong’s ‘marginalised’ ethnic minorities – EOC

The Equal Opportunities Commission has called for measures to help Hong Kong’s “marginalised” ethnic minorities after studies showed the community is facing hurdles in securing their identities and success. The EOC released two reports on ethnic minorities in Hong Kong on Wednesday, highlighting the difficulties they face in education and employment. The reports say the […]

Minority Report

Think Hong Kong is nothing but Cantonese culture? Not so. We learn about the other Chinese minorities—and their cuisines—that have helped to shape our city. Read more at HK magazine http://hk-magazine.com/restaurants/article/minority-report-0

Print/ Online Media

Are textbooks in Hong Kong teaching discrimination? (2014, June 2). Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201406021941-0023786 Boehler, P. (2013, November 24). Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities complain of racial profiling by police | South China Morning Post. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1364083/ethnic-minorities-complain-racial-profiling-police?page=all Bowman, B. (2012, August 4). Asia’s world city? | South China Morning Post. Retrieved October […]