I was born in a middle-class family in Hong Kong.
Most local people born and raised in Hong Kong look down on Southeast Asians.
There are many examples of discrimination against Southeast Asians in daily life：
Hong Kong people never appear in strip clubs in the Wanchai area， because most of the strippers are from the Philippines， and some are from Thailand and Indonesia， which makes them feel cheap.
Many middle-class people in Hong Kong of my parents‘ generation （i.e. my uncles and aunts born in the 1950s and 1970s） often refer to Filipino domestic helpers as “bun” or “Bin Bin”， which is a less obvious derogatory term.
Some Filipino / Thai / Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong always bring trouble to their employers through “shark loans”， but the reality is that most Filipino domestic helpers are quite obedient， loyal and diligent. My domestic helper is very hardworking， loyal and obedient. She never gets into trouble outside the house.
Generally speaking， both men and women in Southeast Asia are regarded as “cheap labor” by Hong Kong people， unless they are Chinese born Southeast Asians or elegant in beautiful suits， indicating that he may work in central （similar to Wall Street）.
香港特区政府政策/Policies of the HKSAR Government
In addition， the recent policy of the Hong Kong SAR government opposed the granting of permanent residency to 300000 Southeast Asian domestic helpers in Hong Kong.
The main reasons why Hong Kong discriminates against Asians in Southeast Asia are as follows：
• traditionally， East Asians （Japanese， Korean， Chinese） like light skin color as a sign of beauty.
The average income of all Southeast Asian countries is generally lower than that of Hong Kong. Compared with Hong Kong， most parts of Southeast Asia are underdeveloped. Please note that this does not include Singapore. Singapore is very rich and most people are of Chinese descent. Hong Kong people generally do not discriminate against Singaporean Chinese.
• at the end of the Qing Dynasty， Chinese southerners went to Nanyang to do business and work and immigrated to Southeast Asia. Some Chinese were sold to Southeast Asian enterprises as slaves in the past， which caused some dissatisfaction with Southeast Asians.
• over the past century， Chinese businessmen who immigrated to Southeast Asia have generally been more economically successful and diligent than Southeast Asian natives. Therefore， the Chinese people themselves are proud to become model citizens of the world.
The British Hong Kong government and the HKSAR government are not committed to promoting racial tolerance and diversity in Hong Kong.
• compared with the fast-paced “diligent” life in Hong Kong， Southeast Asians are regarded as “lazy”.
• compared with Hong Kong， Southeast Asian cities are considered “dirty” and underdeveloped.
我个人的看法/My personal opinion
• racism against people in Southeast Asia should be stopped. Many people in Hong Kong and the mainland have inherent stereotypes and regard Southeast Asia as a lazy， dirty and poor land. This mentality should be corrected.
I come from Taiwan. I can only make an evaluation from my experience and observation in Taiwan. Sadly， some people in Taiwan do feel that they are superior to people from some Southeast Asian countries to some extent. These people are usually the most ignorant group. I will explain in detail below：
1. Most Southeast Asian people in Taiwan are manual workers. Statistics show that Taiwan has more than 630000 migrant workers， of which 21.9% come from the Philippines， 29.2% from Vietnam， 39.3% from Indonesia， and the rest flow to Thailand and other countries.
They are mainly construction workers， domestic workers and nursing staff. Many companies in Taiwan tend to hire Southeast Asians to reduce labor costs. Some people in Taiwan have a stereotype that Southeast Asians are blue collar workers.
2. Immigrant marriages - Southeast Asia （Vietnam， Indonesia， Philippines， Thailand and Cambodia） accounts for 28% of foreign born spouses. It is common for many Taiwanese men to find their wives through brokers or intermediaries. Most brides come from remote rural areas of their hometown. They agree to an arranged marriage to support their families.
3. Taiwanese lack understanding of Southeast Asia - Taiwan‘s cultural products are rich and diverse， including Hollywood films， K-pop / k-trains and Japanese TV dramas， but there are no Southeast Asian series or programs on TV， and there are no Southeast Asian pop music or celebrities with Southeast Asian symbols， such as Lin Junjie and Liang Jingru. Although they are Southeast Asians， they basically belong to Chinese pop singers and can be classified as Chinese film and television circles.
Personally， I think this is the biggest reason why some Taiwanese look down on Southeast Asians - ignorance. They know little about the history （Khmer empire， French / Spanish / Dutch colonization）， religion and culture of these countries. On the contrary， they only perceive them from stupid stereotypes.
Well， we have more organizations and media as platforms to connect Southeast Asian immigrants and Taiwanese， such as four-way voice， news lens （ASEAN version）， TIWA and tasat. Organize artistic activities， such as the Taiwan immigrant literature award and the New Tech Exhibition.
I have been to some Southeast Asian countries and have tried to learn Vietnamese before （the language is beautiful but difficult to learn）； I think Taiwan has become very rich due to immigration - rich food， strong diversity and high productivity. I am really grateful. Now Taiwan society is full of prejudice against Southeast Asia. I hope that the whole Taiwan region can say no to this issue in the future.
I think it‘s a bit the opposite now. Due to the rapid development of technology， Southeast Asian countries have obtained a lot of information about East Asians. Now we tend to look down on them because we know many of their true faces.
At first， we thought they still lived on a class basis. The rich， middle-income people and the poor don‘t get along well， which is a very old way of life.
Most of them don‘t believe in our beauty. They spend a lot of money on cosmetic surgery just to make themselves look more beautiful. It also creates a social class and a very old way of life， where if you are ugly， even if you are smart， you will receive less attention. This is also strange， because I heard that they study very hard to become smart， but if they are ugly， they are nothing.
Third， their life is very stressful. I don‘t think I can survive in a small living space. I work almost ten hours a day. The cost of living is very expensive. They compete all the time and always want to do better than others. Southeast Asian people always think that life is short and we should enjoy life.
Fourth， the people themselves. Indeed， many people， especially Westerners， think Asians are very polite， but in my experience， this is not entirely true. In East Asia， you will also meet the worst people. I have also heard that in Korea， if they don‘t like it， they will only shout at you. If they accidentally push you on the train， they won’t apologize. East Asians are also very ignorant.
I have also met many young Japanese who do not believe that their great grandparents are so cruel. They invaded my country and killed many of our people. All they know is that their grandparents did well in attacking Pearl Harbor.
In addition， if you come from Southeast Asia， they will ignore you， but if you are white， especially American， you will be treated as a king. Maybe they don‘t know that most Southeast Asians are also very rich and can be generous enough to throw money in their faces.
Today， you will find that many East Asians live in Southeast Asia， especially Malaysia and Singapore， because the environment there is quiet and less pressure. But personally， I don‘t think they are a terrible nation. They are also good in some aspects， but the situation has changed. They can no longer look down on their Southeast Asian friends.
Unfortunately， in my experience， people in Northeast Asia have quite a lot of prejudice （potential or overt） against Southeast Asians， which is obvious in China， Japan and South Korea. Of course， some people do not agree with these attitudes， but I think racism against Southeast Asians is not rare.
I don‘t have ready-made research to prove this， but the very obvious impression I get from talking with people and the media is that the aesthetic preferences of Chinese， Japanese and Korean people tend to have shallower skin， narrower nose， higher bridge of nose and thinner lips； For men， they prefer all the above conditions， plus wider shoulders and higher height.
Northeast Asians also tend to think that their culture is superior and that Southeast Asian culture is “barbaric”， or at least very underdeveloped. Among those who are biased， there is usually a condescending attitude： for example， they may think that Thai culture is “friendly and cheerful”， or that Vietnamese are “tenacious， diligent and aggressive”， or that Filipinos are “very musical rhythmic”， but these people are generally of poor quality and have no moral education， and their prejudice and disgust always arise spontaneously.
Most Southeast Asian countries are poor， and there are no big and powerful countries. Except Singapore， which has high science and technology and developed industry， other countries will hardly impress people. In this world， the rich look down on the poor， so when a country is rich and powerful， its citizens often think that they must have something special， unique and superior. China， Japan and South Korea are all world powers.