People of South Asian descent are a large, varied and increasingly visible part of Hong Kong's population. Most have found ways of prospering despite social and economic obstacles and widespread discrimination. Focusing on three important groups—Indians, Pakistanis, and Nepalese—Erni and Leung explore the cultural histories of South Asians in Hong Kong and their experiences at school and at work. The book then discusses how far South Asians' legal rights are protected by recent anti-discrimination legislation, how they are presented in mainstream media, and how they in turn have made creative use of the media in their efforts to secure recognition as full members of society. Written in an accessible style and drawing on a range of case studies, Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong is intended primarily for university students and general readers. It will also be of interest to scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including sociology, social work, media studies, anthropology, history, and cultural studies. At a time when minority rights come increasingly under scrutiny, this book will also be essential reading for advocates, politicians and policy-makers.
The work described in this book was fully supported by a three-year GRF grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. HKBU340411). The authors are also grateful to their respective academic units—Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University and Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University—for
their support, including the small grants provided by them as a form of recognition of the authors' work.