Date
18 January 2017
A video posted by a netizen shows purported racist behavior by a woman and her child on a Hong Kong commuter train. Photos: CNSA, Facebook/Harmony Btd
A video posted by a netizen shows purported racist behavior by a woman and her child on a Hong Kong commuter train. Photos: CNSA, Facebook/Harmony Btd

Dark-skinned woman complains of racism on MTR train

A video doing the rounds on social media in Hong Kong has sparked renewed debate about racism and discrimination faced by dark-skinned people in the city.

According to a woman who identifies herself as “Harmony Btd” on Facebook, she and her mother went through an unpleasant experience while taking an MTR train last week.

Harmony said she took a seat next to a Chinese woman after getting into the train. As soon as she sat, the Chinese woman immediately covered her nose with a tissue. 

That prompted a young boy who was traveling with the Chinese woman to also cover his face.

Harmony said she suspected that the woman covered her nose as she was uncomfortable with a dark-skinned passenger sitting next to her. 

Later, Harmony gave her seat to her mother and saw that the woman continued her tissue act.

Deeming it to be act of racism, the passenger filmed the Chinese woman and the boy on a mobile phone and later uploaded the clip onto Facebook.    

“The lady was actually fine; she wasn’t having a running nose or whatsoever. When I sat next to her she immediately took out the tissue and covered her nose,” Harmony wrote as she posted the video.

She said she always tells people how she faces discrimination in Hong Kong due to her dark skin, but that no one really believes her.

The video that she posted now proves her point, Harmony suggested.

“We are all the same no matter what skin color we have. And I am proud of my dark skin, so bye,” she wrote.

The video has gone viral, garnering more than 100,000 views since it was uploaded.

The identity of the Chinese woman in the video is not known, so EJ Insight was unable to reach her for comment on the racism accusation. 

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