Racist restaurant owners and hiring malpractice in Hong Kong, with Hillary Leung | The Coconuts Podcast | Aug 13, 2021

The Muslim woman, surnamed Khan, was told by a Chinese restaurant that she cannot work there if she keeps her hijab on. Photo: Supplied by interviewee
The Muslim woman, surnamed Khan, was told by a Chinese restaurant that she cannot work there if she keeps her hijab on. Photo: Supplied by interviewee

This restaurant in Hong Kong serves up Chinese cuisine… and a whole lot of racism, according to one muslim woman surnamed Khan. She was told she could only work there as a dishwasher if she removed her hijab, stating that the eatery was a “Chinese-style restaurant” and that the hijab “cannot be worn at work” when confronted by Khan’s 18-year-old daughter. We spoke with Coconuts Hong Kong Associate Editor Hillary Leung to find out more about the situation, and if incidents of racism are on the rise in Hong Kong. 

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