It is very rare for Expats to face racism in Hong Kong. HK locals, typically are very warm towards Expats.
HK'ers are very direct. When you are typically called a Gwai Lo, it's more of a term of endearment.
Wearing a mask in HK is a cultural / preventative measure.
If you don't wear a mask, expect weird glances, regardless if you're a local or expat....
When in Rome, do what Romans do...
Use of facemasks
Chinese in UK, USA, whether emigrated or born/bred in these countries typically endure constant verbal derogatory abuse:-
Chink, Chinky, Ching Chong Chinaman, Egg Foo Yung, Sweet & Sour Pork, Special flied lice....
With the Covid19, Chinese worldwide endure abuse and physical attacks. If there's a wiki page for racism derived from Covid19, then that shows how bad it is...
Surely they need to get this legislation in place before the weekend?
Racism is a fact of life in multicultural societies, no one likes the label and very few accept the fact that virtually everyone has biases and say or do things that are racists. That doesn't mean it has to be hateful or malicious, it's simply human. An easy test is to ask yourself if you would say a particular thing to the face of someone of that race and whether that might be well received.
I'm just commenting that the degree of racism faced by Chinese abroad is not to the same level experienced by Expats in HK....
IMO some HK'ers are typically more xenophobic towards their counterparts over the border and more friendly towards Expats.
I've experienced negative racism in Hong Kong. It doesn't 'bother' me, but I'm sure the term 'Gweilo' is racist... aside from the fact that, despite how I look, I'm not a 'gweilo' by some definitions, it's certainly derogatory in some contexts.
On several occasions I have been quoted higher prices than my local friends. I suspect this has probably happened many more times than I'm aware of.
Again, this doesn't bother me, but many times I've been asked, "Where are you from?"... so I say, "Tuen Mun!"... "Where are you really from?"... I don't actually have a problem with that but I'm reliably informed that people who ask that are literally Hitler.
I can't buy shoes in my size and the shopkeepers think it's hilarious!
Before you ask, sadly, in my case, big shoes simply means big feet...
People ask me if I can use chopsticks or they're amazed when they see me using them.
Local people who I have known for over 10 years still feel the need to tell me, "This is Hong Kong."... I'm 'othered'... (I think that's right.).
The Principal at the local school I work at introduces me to everyone as American... I've worked there for 10 years, I'm British.
A police officer who was harassing us for street performing berated me, "You foreigners!"... I pointed out that I am a PR and had been here for over a decade... "Can you speak Cantonese?", he shouted back at me angrily.
A landlord once refused to rent a house to me when he found out I was 'western'.
Just what I can think of off the top of my head... oh yeah, the whole pushing in between me and my family thing, or being asked for my ticket at the cinema even though my (Chinese) wife has just showed them two... I believe these are called 'micro-aggressions'...
On the other hand, security guards offer me little resistance and I've been waved on by police after being pulled over for various minor driving indiscretions...
Multi-Cultural societies generally have made a lot of progress (effort) legally speaking at dealing with racism, sexism, equal opportunity and anti discrimination etc.
In Hong Kong’s case the racism is of the positive type vexed at Faan Gwei, as we are perceived as being walking wallets full of cash, ergo tolerated. I was told by a drunken local once that, ‘ I must live on The Peak and Earn more than a million HKD ‘ lol as per the traditional stereotype.