Zero Discrimination Day 2018

Today I noticed a news about the first discrimination day from this article (http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001076492?full=y) , and then I check the official web site here (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2018/Zerodiscrimination_brochure) to get the following quote

No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.

1st. Mar is the first Zero Discrimination Day

You can get the full picture of this from the above two webpages, what I want to say here is my feeling about the discrimination.

For a visitor, no matter your ethnicity or color of your skin, you can barely feel any discrimination against you, no hostile gaze at you like in some European countries, Chinese people would, in general, treat the visitor as ‘foreigner’, so from this point of view, China would be a good place for foreigner to live.

But discrimination problem is complicated, you do can feel the discrimination if you know better about Chinese culture, I will put some example here, which is just some observation of mine, not to lead any conclusion.

Most of the Chinese people would not accept the LGBT group, you can see the survey from the FT news, showing more than 80% would publicly against it, Thinking it is kind of sickness.
Health problem like HIV (http://www.beijinghangout.com/aids/ )or Hepatitis would lead a complete discrimination in the workplace, they can not find a job, even their family would abandon them.
Career discrimination is severe, service industry like waitress or waiter would never have deserved respect.
The native Shanghai or Beijing people usually have a sense of superiority, especially among the older group, young people are better.

Another interesting example just happened recently, which is ,in the rush hour, car with Beijing license plate can drive to nearby city Tianjin, but NOT vice verse as a part of driving restriction policy (http://www.beijinghangout.com/driving-restriction/), which lead to criticizing about discrimination of car with Tianjin license plate. I call it regional discrimination.

I don’t know what makes these realities, rather than some cultures in history and official policy reason, anyway, all of us don’t like any kind of discrimination, but we are far more away from it till now.

 

Notes: Featured image is from here under CC0 Creative Commons

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