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Inspired by protests, Hong Kong's minorities fight back

Jianne Soriano says that when she joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests it was the first time she felt she belonged in the city where she was bornWhen teenager Jianne Soriano joined Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests it was the first time she felt she belonged in the city where she was born — now she is one of a new wave of young campaigners fighting racial discrimination. Although Hong Kong bills itself as “Asia’s world city”, prejudice against ethnic minorities is still rife — from being refused apartments on the basis of race to what campaigners say are institutionalised problems in education and the workplace. “I felt like if I got involved in something that Hong Kong was concerned about, then maybe I would start to feel like I was part of this community,” says Soriano. “I often feel like there’s not much voice for ethnic minorities,” she says.

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