Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong
The ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, which are predominantly Nepalese, Pakistani and Indian, have a long history of living here, with some even spanning a few generations. Unfortunately, many of these minorities who live in Hong Kong continue to face language barriers in their daily lives, thus limiting their work options to jobs that do not require significant education and that allow for low-level skills. Over time, they become vulnerable to unemployment and poverty. Their problems are further strained by cultural and religious differences which lead to social division and communication challenges. This, in turn, makes it more challenging for some ethnic minority families to integrate into Hong Kong society.
- 2 Service Centres for Ethnic Minorities
- Social Inclusion Programme
- Cultural Sensitivity Training
- Language Trainings
- Employment Support Service
- Pre-kindergarten Playgroup and After-school Tutorial Classes
- Self-help and Mutual-help Groups
- Service Consultation and Interpretation Services
- Organise social inclusion activities such as community talks, cross-cultural volunteer projects, and festival celebrations to enhance exchanges and mutual understanding between ethnic minorities and locals. We also organise racial harmony activities, such as a women ambassador project and a youth harmony group.
- Provide cultural sensitivity education and training to government departments, local NGOs and schools to help locals understand the lives and cultures of ethnic minorities.
- Organise language courses that teach basic and advanced levels of Chinese and English to break the language barrier.
- Provide suitable employment support, training courses, job placement and employment counselling to help them find a job.
- Provide primary and junior secondary after-school tutorial classes to non-Chinese students to overcome learning difficulties.
- Care for the needs of ethnic minority women and seniors, and establish self-help and mutual-help groups, such as a Nepalese Elderly Ambassador and Women’s Support Groups.
- Provide consultation and referral services, helping them understand the different community and medical resources and information available.
- Accompany service users to the hospital and government offices; provide interpretation services.
Everyone is born equally.
People of any race can thrive, shine and succeed.
The Blessing Story
“In the past when we bought vegetables in the market, if we just simply touch the vegetables, we would be forced to buy them. If we refused, they would grab my hand and not allowed us to leave. Sometimes they would even hit people…”
- An experience encountered by Bashubba and Bibi in Hong Kong more than 10 years ago.