I worked in Hotels and restaurants, catering for about 15 yrs and saw both worlds come and go. You get high profile people who are loaded and have the power to snap their fingers and get immediately what they want, yet, 90% of the time, I ( and my colleagues ) found them to be quite humble and not so power wielding hungry. On the other hand, I've looked after people/ clients/ guests who don't have the money or the power but crave it by their body language, demanding petty and ridiculous requests, often demanding something for free if there is a problem ( which can be rectified - don't like your meal, we can replace it with apology no problem but why do you insist on having he whole bill gratis?) , or the usual, " do you know who I am." One can usually pick out the type by the way they act towards others, and usually their judgement tends to be very poor.
You would never see any HK locals doing this to expat students.
One student in her twenties was rushed to hospital in Bordeaux after being struck in the face with a bottle when the locals tried to break into the students' house, local newspaper Sud Ouest reported.
Anyone who thinks locals in HK don't discriminate should read the current "why won't HK'ers sit next to me on the bus" thread. They discriminate, just in weird and often counterproductive ways! Even against white folks (while some on the thread happily note they won't sit next to Indians!).
This is a funny phenomenon that affects some, but not all. I've heard that the same thing happens in Japan also, but it never happened to me. I actually thought about it the last time I was in Tokyo, while on a train to Shibuya, with my wife sitting on one side, a spare seat on the other, by the next stop a 20 something girl sat down next to me, no issue at all.
My experience in HK has been the same, so I do find it a bit weird that a few of you attract this type of reaction from locals, when I don't. Maybe my body language is more relaxed, or I smell better, who knows really.lol I remember years ago, mid to late 90's, I was dating an Australian born girl who had long strawberry blonde hair, who grew up in Repulse Bay. She told me of a few funny situations that occurred when she was growing up here as child.
She told me that when travelling on the trams with her mother, it wasn't unusual for locals to touch her flame blonde hair to see if it was actually real lol She was also told by a local school friend, that Caucasian Europeans smell a little like milk, which she thought was quite funny. It never bothered her though, she wouldn't have traded her life in HK for anything in the world and you wont find a bigger fan of the Big Lychee, than her.
Quite Interesting though, the differing experiential perceptions that affect some, but not another.
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And for the record, I've found European expats to be the more intolerant toward each other, when it comes to neighbours. I am having an issue with an old British school teacher who is being a fair pain in the arse, who got the shits that we got the best of the two houses in our village, she missed out, I got it, and she's been a down right miserable old cow ever since. I don't complain about her 4 barking dogs that drive the village crazy and I am not one to really be bothered about shit like that, as I accepted that she has 4 yappy firkin dogs. Life goes on.
I parked my Chinese uncles lexus out the front of my house last week to give it a wash as it was lobbed on me via ' The inlaws ' because he got into a bit of trouble in China and has been held in remand for about 3 months.
Now, the car hasn't been driven much and it only just started when I took it away from my uncle inlaws house, and left it parked in our village car park 100 metres from our house. When I went to move it to our dead end driveway access to wash 3 months worth of bird poo and stack of leaves that had accumulated, I left the car running while I gave it a quick wash. I only left it running so the alternator could put back enough charge in the battery so I could start it again, we are talking 15 minutes etc.
She storms out of her house and has a big bitch and moan at me that I was running the " noisy " carnear her house and I just looked at her with a why don't you fuck off look on my face lol . I then proceeded to explain to the old bint, that if I turn the engine off too soon, there is a good chance that it wont start and that I didn't have any means to jump start the car at the house, that if it doesn't start it will have to stay there until the following day for me to get a 12V mobile jump start pack from my office, so for the sake of 15 minutes of idling the very quiet lexus, that it isn't a big deal. well it was to her as she bitched about pollution and all kinds of emotional twat waffle, so I just shut it down to appease the bag.
Luckily it started again so it was all good, but she really is rubbing me up the wrong way lately, I just don't get people like her. Anyway, we aren't on speaking terms now, I think I told her to " get laid you stupid old cow " or something along those lines, so it's turned out for the best, I reckon hahaha.
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HKers are very honest about their racism. But yet, they have lived with foreigners in the city for many many decades without racial tensions (when was the last race riot in HK?). That's pretty damn tolerant if you ask me.
Hong Kong is 96% ethnic chinese...so yes they have "tolerated" "foreigners" for many decades.....just the way that is written speaks volumes.
Of course there are no racial tensions when 96% of the population dictates everything...why don't you go ask the Nepalese and Indians in Yuen Long if there are any racial tensions..
Racial tensions only tend to occur in places where different races actually have a voice or input on society. Any sort of uprising from a group consisting of 1 or 2 % of society is never going to happen...so of course their is harmony.
Hong Kong combats racism by only letting one race immigrate...chinese. If Hong Kong ever reached the level of diversity of say London or New York...you better believe there would be tension and uprisings...but HK will never let that happen.