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Max Fisher (2013). “A Revealing Map of the World’s Most and Least Ethnically Diverse Countries.” Washingto Cities of Difference Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
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Not long ago, researchers began to explore one of the questions asked on The World Values Survey, to measure international attitudes on racial tolerance: “The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose ‘people of a different race.’ The more frequently that people in a given country say they don’t want neighbors from other races, the economists reasoned, the less racially tolerant you could call that society.” Max Fisher (2013). “A Fascinating Map of the World’s Most and Least Racially Tolerant Countries.” Washington Post , May 15.
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When the academic study was covered in a news story by the Washington Post, the results indicated that “71.7 percent of Bangladeshis and 71.8 percent of Hong Kongers had said that they would not want a neighbor of a different race.” This story was quickly picked up in the blogosphere... The percentage of respondents saying they would object to certain kinds of people as neighbours.
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Hong Kong, February 2010 (Elvin Wyly ...Where there was ongoing debate on the meaning and significance of Hong Kong’s “Race Discrimination Ordinance,” which came into effect in 2009. From a Grade 3 textbook published in 2 Racial Slurs in Hong Kong: achah : Indian pun mui : Filipino domestic workers gar tsai : Japanese gweilo: “ghost” people, White foreigners wong chung : “locusts,” to describe visitors from Mainland China “The law was enacted with little enthusiasm after decades of resistance by the government, which had insisted there is no racism in Hong Kong.” But in response to the discourse of “locusts,” “Equal Opportunities Commission chairman York Chow Yat-ngok ... wants to amend the anti-racist law to cover mainlanders, which could make calling anyone wong chung an offence.” Michael Chugani (2014). “Government’s Double Standards on Tackling Racism in Hong Kong.” South China Morning Post , April 4.
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A Hong Kong group on Reddit, however, soon found problems with the data for Hong Kong, and a Bangladeshi writing for the Tufts University Fletcher Emerging Markets School blog found problems with the data for Bangladesh.
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Back at the Washington Post , Max Fisher issued a Correction
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Even after the correction, however, Hong Kong -- at 26.8 percent -- still looks bad for a place that calls itself “Asia’s World City.” The share of Hong Kongers objecting to neighbors of another race is more than five times the share for people in the United States. This is puzzling, given the severity of racial inequalities in the United States.
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