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All Chinese People Look The Same Says Judge 2006-10-23

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Scotland.
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A sheriff who claimed that all Chinese people look the same at first glance has received community groups’ support.

Sheriff Ms.Margaret Gimblett cleared student Mr.Hui Yu, 23, from Beijing, of a motoring offence on Friday.

During the case, she reportedly told Greenock Sheriff Court that at first glance all Chinese people can look the same to a native Scot.

Community groups said the remark was neither derogatory nor offensive and many Chinese feel the same about Scots.

Ms.Gimblett dismissed evidence from two police officers who identified Mr.Yu.

She reportedly said a person would only begin to see the differences in a Chinese person after looking at them for quite some time.

Mr.Sam Chau, headteacher at ‘The Chinese School’ at ‘Stow College’ in Glasgow, said he did not find the sheriff’s comments offensive. He said:

‘I wouldn’t say it was an accurate comment but it does sound like a fair comment.

‘It doesn’t sound offensive, because when she said that all Chinese people look the same, she said they looked the same at first glance.

‘From my point of view, when I look at local people – the indigenous Scottish people – at first glance all of them look the same to me.’

Chairman of the Scotland-China Association Ms.Janice Dickson said she thought that the sheriff’s comments were accurate. She said:

‘It can be quite difficult with Chinese people if you don’t know them quite well.

‘It would be difficult to differentiate and remember a Chinese face.

‘I don’t think she meant to make a derogatory remark at all and many Chinese people feel the same about us.’

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