Hong Kong Textbook Features Stereotypes About Black People
via Huffington Post
A blog started by a British expat living in Hong Kong has posted photos of local textbooks apparently featuring offensive stereotypes.
Last week, activist and blogger Tom Grundy’s Hong Wrong blog ran a post titled “Hong Kong Textbook Tells You to ‘Know Your Place,’” highlighting photos of a primary school textbook lesson that uses stereotypes to help students match up people of different nationalities with a particular profession.
The lesson reportedly comes from a general studies textbook titled Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, published in 2011.
He also tweeted photos from another textbook, in which students are asked to match up physical characteristics with people of different “races.” For example, in the lesson, black people are described as having “thick lips” and “wide nose[s].”
When Grundy asked the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission for a response, the group responded, in part: “[E]ducational material should reflect diversity, cultural values, customs, lifestyles and the social realities of Hong Kong. It should not reinforce stereotypes of any kind. We believe that ethnic stereotypes must be viewed with caution.”