HK Kindergarten Books: Use Skin Colour to Distinguish Nationality – White Means American, Black Means African

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I am a white American. But what if I was a white Chinese. Is that possible? How about a white German. A brown Chinese. A brown Indian. So this identity is not who you really are as a person. That can only be seen by looking at your spirit and heart.

The Real Hong Kong News

Apple Daily

20th August 2013

HK Kindergarten Books: Use Skin Colour to Distinguish Nationality – White Means American, Black Means African

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幼園課本教錯晒 白人就係美國人

Kindergarten school books in Hong Kong teach young children to use skin colour to differentiate people’s identity, and say that Caucasians are Americans. Parents complain that its a “completely wrong concept”. Longman Publishing Group’s Chinese language textbook for kindergarten K3 children titled “I am Chinese” teaches students that Caucasians are Americans. Some parents said that United States is a racially diverse country, and it is wrong to use skin colour to distinguish an individual’s nationality.

In the third page of “I am Chinese”, a Chinese language textbook published by Longman Publishing Group for kindergarten grade K3 children, four pictures of kids were used to described different nationalities: the child with yellow skin is Chinese, the other with white skin is American, the child with brown skin is Indian, and the darkest skin…

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3 thoughts on “HK Kindergarten Books: Use Skin Colour to Distinguish Nationality – White Means American, Black Means African

  1. Pingback: Children left alone in Hong Kong. | The Journalist

  2. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this post with me. I am very thrilled and optimistic realizing that it’s not just me who finds this an issue. I was really beginning to think ethnicity issues like these were becomino far to common for anyone to acknowledge that they truly are issues which need to be confronted, discussed and resolved.
    ❤Egypt English

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