Trying to make sense of a weird world - and maybe make it a little better
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Race to Nowhere
Another own goal from the Hong Kong government's publicity arm. This well-intentioned poster is intended to promote racial harmony, so presumably the people depicted are supposed to represent the racial diversity of Hong Kong. Well, the young woman on the left wearing a Muslim headscarf is presumably one of Hong Kong's 150,000-strong army of Indonesian domestic helpers, though fewer than half of these wear the headscarf when in Hong Kong. The boy on the right is supposedly Chinese. As for the other three, they appear to be Humpty Dumpty (with a baby in a pouch, kangaroo-style), a skinny scarecrow, and a green-haired alien from Mars - all with white faces. No representation of Hong Kong's sizable South Asian population (here since even before British colonial rule), or its smaller contingent of African descent. WTF seems the only appropriate response to this nonsense.