Hong Kong columnist defends ‘stereotypical’ expat comments

Published:  8 Jul at 2 PM
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Tagged: China, Hong Kong
A Hong Kong-based journalist has defended his observations after recently referring to a number of the city’s expats as “brats”.

South China Morning Post reporter Jason Wordie, a resident of the city for 30 years, admitted that saying third culture kids were emotionally shallow and had a chillingly utilitarian attitude could be regarded as stereotypical, but insisted he had been around these people for long enough to judge their character types.

However, he also pointed out that it wasn’t the expats of today he was referring to, and that it was actually an earlier generation of kids born to expats in the territory before being sent to boarding school and returning at a later age.

The journalist said that in 15 years with the publication, his work had often created controversy, and admitted that his latest piece of expats in Hong Kong “touched an extremely raw nerve” with certain people. He explained, however, that it was meant to be a “general social-history” piece that readers to draw a direct personal parallel to either as adult “expat brats” or parents of them.
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