Because of the negligible discrimination towards Thai community in Hong Kong, most of the Thai-Chinese acknowledge their second generation identity. Hong Kong people have shown appreciation in Thai culture, especially Thai food and the traditional festival of Songkran in Hong Kong. Some of them are even proud of this identity and willing to learn more about the Thai language and culture. Thus, the open attitude towards cultural diversity in Hong Kong has reinforced their Thai-Chinese identity.
However, according to Equal Opportunities Commission, systemic barriers still exist in education and employment for most ethnic minorities in Hong Kong nowadays (Chow, 2013). For the second generations, they may be easily failed if they could not master Chinese (Chow, 2013). This not only limits their language choices, but also affects the development of their Thai identity due to systemic discrimination (Chow, 2013). As in the focused cases, there were not much incentives for these second generations to acquire Thai language and culture in local schools.
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