Former Boris Johnson advisor wades into Air China racism row

The London Mayor 'should pick up the baton and run with it and talk to the Chinese people', says former advisor after Air China magazine row

Many were outraged by the Air China magazine's comments (Wikipedia)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A former advisor to Boris Johnson is calling for the London Mayor to educate China about diversity, after the publisher of an Air China magazine became involved in a racism row.

The in-flight magazine Wings of China had warned passengers to take "precautions" when visiting areas which are mainly populated by "Indians, Pakistanis and black people". The magazine was distributed in September and has now prompted an apology from publisher Air China Media.

Kulveer Ranger, who advised Johnson during the early years of his tenure at City Hall, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that rather than being outraged we should see this as "a great opportunity for us to educate those people who are part of Air China and the broader Chinese population."

He added: "I think we should pick up a baton and open up a dialogue with the Chinese about how great it is, and the richness of our diversity.

"Diversity generates acceptance and understanding, therefore if you have a population that is pretty much just Chinese they aren't going to understand.

"The mayor has a role to play here, he should pick up the baton and run with it and talk to the Chinese people in Chinese cities and do the exchange."

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