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Asma Ali

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A wonderful and special identity

Skin colour, language, and clothing may give people some ideas of one's ethnic identity, but these are not the only indicators. Asma, an Indian-Pakistani girl, was born and raised in Hong Kong and sees Hong Kong as her home. In order to truly integrate into Hong Kong, Asma attended local schools and made mostly Chinese friends. As a result, she speaks Cantonese fluently since primary school. However, the identity of a Hongkonger does not come naturally. Although she has a non-Chinese appearance, it has not stopped Asma from overcoming the difficulties caused by her identity. Especially after experiencing the ups and downs of applying for a Hong Kong SAR passport, Asma cherishes her identity as a ‘PolyU student’ and hopes she can help more Hongkongers of Indian and Pakistani descent who face the same problem.