A 2010 Human Rights Commission report found that Asian people reported higher levels of discrimination than any other minority in New Zealand.
K. Emma Ng shines light onto the persistence of anti-Asian sentiment in New Zealand. Her anecdotal account is based on her personal experience as a second-generation young Chinese-New Zealand woman. When Asian people have been living here since the gold rushes of the 1860s, she asks, what will it take for them to be fully accepted as New Zealanders?
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'Embracing Complexity', Alison Wong, Landfall, 1 May 2018.
'NZ’s long history of anti-Asian racism', Cass Manson, Newsroom, 27 October 2017.
'Old Racism, New Racism', Judith Morrell Nathan, Scoop Review of Books, 13 October 2017.
'We need some uncomfortable conversations about cultural identity', Saturday Morning, RNZ, 15 July 2017.
K. Emma Ng, 'Breaking the cycle of anti-Asian sentiment in NZ demands recognising our racist past', The Spinoff, 11 July 2017.
'Herald on Sunday editorial: Assume we are all kiwis', Editorial, Herald on Sunday, 9 July 2017.
'When does Asian come to mean Kiwi?', Lincoln Tan, Herald on Sunday, 9 July 2017.