Scott Morrison with Liberal MP Gladys Liu. (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

My first response to the Gladys Liu scandal was laughter.

Last week, Liberal MP Gladys Liu was interviewed by Andrew Bolt on Sky News. This led to further questions into her alleged links with persons or groups in Australia connected with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). These questions led to accusations of racism against Chinese-Australians from certain sections of Australian politics and Twitter.

As someone who spent 15 years growing up in Melbourne before returning to Hong Kong to live in 2001, I just couldn't stop laughing when I saw such reactions. I showed Hong Kong friends; I showed Australian friends who had migrated from Hong Kong. We all felt the same way. Why? Because we've seen it all before in Hong Kong.