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“I’m a local Hong Konger, just with a different skin color." Months before this summer's unrest, we reported this @latimes story on HK's ethnic minorities & asylum seekers, the city's refugee history and many HKers' embrace of a non-Chinese identity latimes.com/world/asia/la-…
@latimes Hong Kong is 92% Han Chinese, but ppl like Jeffrey Andrews, descended from Tamil Christians who came to HK in 1960s, feel closer to HK than their "home" countries. As HK's 1st ethnic minority social worker, Andrews fights stereotypes against minorities as criminals & outsiders.
“Minorities are scared to complain because our parents say: ‘Hey, look, this is better than our home countries. Don’t rock the boat,'" he said. But his generation wants an equal chance at education, work and inclusion in the city where they were born and raised.
Growing pressure from Beijing has made many HKers more open to ethnic minorities. The first time Andrews felt he belonged in HK was during the Umbrella Movement, when fellow protesters embraced him on the streets, saying, "香港人!"
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