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Beating the odds: how 3 young Hong Kong ethnic minority adults find success despite prejudice.

Updated: Aug 20, 2022

  • Many from minority groups face school and workplace challenges, but persistence, hard work pays

  • One NGO has called for more community and government support to improve the social mobility of these individuals


Hong Kong-born Harvir Singh manages mobile applications and websites at a coding company. Photo: Yik Yeung-man


An information management graduate, a bus driver and a student nurse may seem to have little in common, but Harvir Singh, Ehsan Nawaz and Kainaat Asif are out to prove that those from Hong Kong’s ethnic minority communities can succeed despite hurdles in their way.

Singh, 22, was at a loss five years ago when he did poorly in university entrance examinations.

The son of a construction foreman said it stung when a high school classmate recalled what a teacher had told a class: “If your parents are construction workers, you are going to be construction workers. It’s no use trying out other things.”



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