We need more robust anti-discrimination laws
I could vividly recall that day, when a Mandarin-speaking banker was encircled and surrounded by a group of virulent, acrimonious protesters (or pedestrians?) in Central. That was an otherwise rather innocuous day in a summer of upheaval – a summer that few of us residing in this city could ever forget.
I was rather deeply struck by that sight, for multiple reasons – no least because it typified the poignancy and tragedy of the Mainland China-Hong Kong tensions, with those bearing the brunt of the conflict rarely being, if ever, those in positions of genuine power. Yet it was also the vindictiveness of it all – the mob, closing in on someone whom they deemed to be foreign, to be alien to this land: a mainlander, whose only "crime" was speaking Chinese on Chinese soil, castigated, of course for being "un-PC" at a time when the PC thing was to go with the flow, to jump on the bandwagon of anti-Mainland China vitriol. ...