Statement on Coronavirus-related incidents of discrimination and violence

2020-06-11T21:21:19+08:00Tags: |

The Coronavirus outbreak poses a grave health risk to millions of people across the globe. Authorities have imposed unprecedented restrictions to ordinary life to reduce the rate of infections. This disease threatens not only its victims and their loved ones, as well as the ability of health systems to treat the sick, but it also runs the risk of damaging the core values that underpin society.

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (“HKHTC”) is concerned about – and strongly condemns – the large number of incidents in different countries of Coronavirus-related discrimination, stereotyping and physical violence. People have been attacked in the streets, school-children bullied and online, racist vitriol is rampant.

In these intensely testing times, it is imperative to remember that a disease knows no boundaries and does not distinguish among people. It affects ALL HUMANS regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, national, social or cultural backgrounds.

This disease will not be overcome by blame, prejudice and hatred, which will exacerbate the challenges we all face. It can only be fought effectively in an effort BY ALL to temporarily minimise social contact, by strictly adhering to good hygiene and enabling the world’s leading scientists to develop proven cures and vaccines, as well as by showing solidarity with those who need our help. It is at times like this that we should continue showing kindness, empathy and compassion to all those around us.

Through its educational programming, HKHTC is dedicated to promoting tolerance and compassion among all peoples as an essential key to a healthier and better world for everyone.

UN Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2020: South China Morning Post’s Coverage

2020-02-12T15:42:35+08:00
As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation today, our UNHMD guest Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss recounts how she was torn from her happy childhood in Vienna and ‘saved’ from the concentration camp’s angel of death, Josef Mengele, by a hat. The full feature from the South China Morning Post can be read here

UN Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration 2020: Ming Pao Daily’s Coverage

2020-01-28T00:11:50+08:00

The International Holocaust Memorial Day issue of Ming Pao Daily, which is widely read among local intellectuals, has published a feature article on Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, covering her life story and her views on the rise of anti-Semitic attacks, along with a story on HKHTC’s recent Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration and local school tour. Please click here to read the full story.

HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li Discussed the Rise of Anti-Semitic Attacks on FM88.1 Commercial Radio

2020-01-24T00:01:04+08:00Tags: |

As we enter into the new year of 2020, acts of anti-Semitism are on the rise in New York and elsewhere, leaving Jewish community rattled. HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li recently discussed the rise of anti-Semitic attacks on FM88.1 Commercial Radio’s “Clearday Breakfast”.

新年伊始,反猶主義繼續在美國崛起,據統計,2019年因歧視犯罪的受害者增幅達22%,歐洲包括法國及英國等地有店家遭反猶標誌塗鴉,也有猶太墓園遭破壞。香港猶太大屠殺及寬容中心行政總監、歷史學者李家豪最近在商台雷霆881《晴朗早晨全餐》 節目內討論西方社會近期出現的反猶暴力事件。

HKHTC Executive Director Quoted in the New York Times

2019-02-11T20:31:40+08:00Tags: |

HKHTC Executive Director Simon K. Li was interviewed by the New York Times, which reported on a singer in Thailand who wore a swastika during a recent performance. In the article, Simon noted that Holocaust and genocide education in Asia is “very limited.” With the New York Times having over 3 million digital and print subscribers, the article provided major international exposure to HKHTC’s work and message. The New York Times article can be read here.

UNHMD 2019 Media Mentions

2019-02-11T20:32:53+08:00Tags: |

HKHTC’s important work recently received extensive coverage in the local and international press. Eva Koralnik was interviewed by multiple media outlets, including Radio Television Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post, the Chinese-language Oriental Daily, the Jewish Times Asia and news outlets in Macau. These publications have a combined circulation of over 2 million readers, enabling a significant portion of the community in Hong Kong and Macau to become aware of Eva’s account of the results of hatred and discrimination.

The Chinese University Published a Feature on HKHTC Director of Education’s Lessons from the Past

2018-03-29T16:15:23+08:00

The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Varsity Magazine, which is widely read on university campuses and local schools, has just published a special feature on HKHTC Director of Education Simon Li’s lessons from the past and our educational work in the ‘People’ section of its March edition. The online version of the feature story can be accessed here.


HK01 Features HKHTC’s Educational Work on the Nanjing Atrocities

2018-03-19T22:49:54+08:00

Chinese-language press HK01 recently covers HKHTC’s educational work on the Nanjing atrocities in Hong Kong. HKHTC Director of Education Simon K. Li and Oxford University’s China scholar Rana Mitter, who gave a keynote presentation “Remembering Nanjing: 80 Years Later” during a commemorative event co-organized by the HKHTC in December 2017, were interviewed in the feature article. An excerpt of the article can be accessed here.

 

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