I was surprised, and not a little saddened, to read the racist views of Alvin Sallay in the SCMP on Sunday when writing about the Hong Kong ladies cricket team:
Godiva is one of nine Chinese girls in the 15-strong women’s squad. The rest are non-Chinese, but all are united in the fact that they qualify for the games by being born in Hong Kong and holding SAR passports.
This is a quite outrageous sentiment. People who are born in Hong Kong and are citizens of China holding Hong Kong passports must be “Chinese”. What else could they be?
If Mr Sallay had written:
There are eight Englishmen in the 11 man England team. The rest (Monty Panesar, Owais Shah, Adil Rashid) are non-English but all are united in the fact that they qualify for the team by being born in England and holding British passports.
in a respectable journal then I hope that a decent sub would have got rid of it, but if it crept through to publication then it would have caused an outcry, triggered apologies and quite possibly have resulted in the author looking for a new job. Racist views such as this are really not acceptable in a civilised society and in what laughingly claims to be “Asia’s World City”.
It was particularly dispiriting to read this at the end of a day I had spent up in the New Territories as part of the support team for the Unison Hikathon. Unison, headed by the indefatigable Fermi Wong, really have their work cut out trying to make Hong Kong an inclusive, non-racist society, particularly when even people from within the ethnic minorities they are trying to help, such as Alvin Sallay, are so openly racist.