Difficulties that Ethnic Minorities face in Hong Kong

Language barrier

Language is one of the most important components in building up relationships, as Cantonese is the main spoken language in Hong Kong but due to the main language spoken at Pakistanis home is Urdu, not many of them are fluent in speak Cantonese. This also further relates to difficulties to access service provided and may lead to isolation as a result they stay with their own people as a group and hinder their integration.

Cultural differences

Some of the ethnic minorities’ people are seen wearing their traditional clothes which is a bit different from the western clothing style. For some people from Muslim countries some ladies might even dress according to the Islamic dress code and some men keeping long beard as a sign of religious belief. Due to these cultural differences there are gaps between the Chinese and Ethnic Minorities.

Food consumption

There also have difficulties regarding food consumption. For example as Muslims only eat halal food and do not eat pork at any case so dinning out sometimes with non-muslims is somehow inconvenient. When buying pack food they need to check the ingredients to confirm that it's halal. For Indian, beef is not allow to eat as the religious reason.


The other aspect that affects Ethnic minorities is education, as there are limited choices of schools or course provide to them plus there are certain language requirements by mainstream schools which interferes in their education.

Vicious Cycle of Poverty

The above mentioned problems aggravate Nepalese people's access to social and community services. They hesitate to seek help and support. This further worsens the situation. In the long run, it is not beneficial for Chinese and other ethnic minorities communities.

Discrimination and stereotyping

Discrimination and stereotyping are unwanted things happening in our society, due to misunderstanding and other complications when these things arise it causes much trouble and tension for everyone in the community. For example, some Chinese may assume Muslims women wearing headscarf or veil are oppressed or faced to wear.