Minorities speak of language barriers

Local | 22 Mar 2016

A group of ethnic minority elites recommended by a social policy think tank for appointment to government advisory bodies named language barriers and segregated schools as the biggest hurdles of their lives in Hong Kong.

The Zubin Foundation yesterday launched "Race for Opportunity: Diversity List 2016" Hong Kong's first list of ethnic-minority figures who are qualified to serve on government committees as well as committed.

The list profiles 16 self-nominated individuals across various professions, including university professors, financial advisers and lawyers, who were selected among 62 nominees through a screening process by Zubin's board members and Spencer Stuart, a recruitment firm and partner in the project.

The nominees had to be aged more than 18 years old, a permanent resident and come from one of the largest ethnic- minority groups in Hong Kong, namely Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Filipinos, Thais and Indonesians.

Of the selected candidates, 81 percent are Indians, 13 percent Pakistanis and the rest Filipinos.

All of them have spent more than 15 years in Hong Kong.

Foundation founder Shalini Mahtani said the foundation also evaluated the candidates based on their skills, work experiences and commitment to Hong Kong.

FLORA CHUNG

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