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White supremacy and the ‘gweilo’: What Charlottesville says about Hong Kong’s racially charged terms   

Once, I playfully called my friend a “gweilo”, the term “gweilo” being popular local slang for an expatriate living in Hong Kong. “You can’t do that,” she deadpanned. I thought she was joking – she was not, to my chagrin. “That’s extremely racist.” The term “gweilo”, word for word, means “ghost person” in Cantonese. Though […]