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Stop Treating Asians Like Animals

Posted by te2ataria on March 22, 2010

Apartheid New Zealand at its Worst:

Whereas Immigrants from South Africa and the United Kingdom are welcome, Asians are ignored or excluded

Kiwis intimidate Asian communities, especially the Indians, and socially exclude them.

Asians, are often “victims of social insults, from our New Zealand cultural arrogance,” said Dr Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs.

Dr Sharples admitted Asian leaders and friends had told him that they did not feel welcome in New Zealand.

“To me, personally, I feel shamed at those admissions,” he said.

“We criticise and it seems sometimes intimidate the Indian community for dominating the dairies, exacerbating stereotypes instead of recognising their capacity to support each other.”

“Sharples’ comments came ahead of the release at Te Papa today of a new book on immigrant experiences in New Zealand.” Stuff NZ reported.

Longing & Belonging is written by Edwina Pio, an author and academic at Auckland University of Technology.

Pio says [Asian and “dark skinned”] immigrants cannot find work in New Zealand that matched their skills.

Sharples said: “They say that they’ve often found New Zealanders do not seem to accept people who are physically different from them.”

Maori should help lead the move to make Asians feel welcome, Sharples added.

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