*Ignore the awkward pose*
I get asked a lot about Hong Kong, like how do I feel about this city, whether I feel more attached to it than I to Pakistan, my roots. I just decided to talk about it here because I have a lot to say. 😂
I am ethnically Pakistani, but I’ve been born and raised in Hong Kong. And so I do feel very attached to my Home Kong, but at the same time, a piece of my heart is in Pakistan. Maybe it’s the language, the clothing, the food, the people etc, so yea.
Do I face discrimination here in Hong Kong? This one’s a yes and no. Yes, there are times where you’re in an elevator and the person next to you pulls out a tissue and covers their nose, as if we’re dirty or something. Or when employers reject your application because of your hijab. There are many different cases of discrimination, and the situation is different for everyone. I myself, don’t really face much, and I believe we ethnic minorities in Hong Kong don’t face as much as people in other countries do. But that’s just what I feel and, it’s different for everyone.
Do I feel left out? I’ve never felt left out, but very much involved with the locals. And I think that’s mainly because of the language, cantonese. I speak cantonese fluently, I love watching shows/TV programmes in cantonese more than our Hum TV/ARY or any other show in other languages. A fun fact, I grew up watching TVB (a local television broadcast) and I actually learned most of my cantonese from there. 🙈 Oh and I forgot to mention the fooood! I can’t live without egg waffles, fish balls, low meeen and siu mei. They’re as important to me as a plate of biryani is. 🤤
Do you feel awkward in your cultural attire? No, never have. I love my cultural attire and so do most of the locals! 😂 Most of them would come up to you and say “你哋啲衫好靚啊” (your outfit is so beautiful). There may be a few who’d frown upon you but rarely does that happen. 🧐 [continued in the comments]