Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong University Press, Jun 1, 2014 - Social Science - 252 pages

People of South Asian descent are a large, varied and increasingly visible part of Hong Kong’s population. Most have found ways of prospering despite social and economic obstacles and widespread discrimination. Focusing on three important groups—Indians, Pakistanis, and Nepalese—Erni and Leung explore the cultural histories of South Asians in Hong Kong and their experiences at school and at work. The book then discusses how far South Asians’ legal rights are protected by recent anti-discrimination legislation, how they are presented in mainstream media, and how they in turn have made creative use of the media in their efforts to secure recognition as full members of society. Written in an accessible style and drawing on a range of case studies, Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong is intended primarily for university students and general readers. It will also be of interest to scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including sociology, social work, media studies, anthropology, history, and cultural studies. At a time when minority rights come increasingly under scrutiny, this book will also be essential reading for advocates, politicians and policy-makers.


“This is a comprehensive book on South Asians in Hong Kong. Its examinations of important issues affecting the community are well researched, well argued and supported. The inclusion of personal stories and vignettes also adds a sense of ‘living history.’ This book will certainly enhance the readers’ understanding of Hong Kong’s multicultural background, the advantage of a pluralistic society, and the steps towards further racial integration.”

York Y. N. Chow, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission, Hong Kong


“This is a striking example of cultural studies at its best: boldly interdisciplinary, smartly argued, engagingly written, and with a provocative set of policy recommendations to top it all off. Erni and Leung’s nuanced analysis of the politics of racism with respect to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in critical multiculturalism.”

Gilbert B. Rodman, University of Minnesota


“For understanding the situation of South Asians in Hong Kong, this book is absolutely essential reading. It explores not only South Asians’ lives and histories in Hong Kong, but also Hong Kong laws, mass media, and educational policies as these affect South Asians. This book will be a valuable resource for years and decades to come.”

Gordon Mathews, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



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About the author (2014)

John Nguyet Erni is a professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Lisa Yuk-ming Leung is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University.

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