March 2014 – For the greater good March 2014 – For the greater good

March 2014 – For the greater good

Civil society is often referred to as the ‘third sector’, distinctive from government and business, and encompasses charities and non-government organisations. This edition of Varsity explores some of the issues relating to charity, NGOs and civil society in Hong Kong: The Flip side of Charity Law looks at whether we can balance the need to have […]

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The Flip Side of Charity Law The Flip Side of Charity Law

The Flip Side of Charity Law

Cases of improper fundraising and even fraud have raised public awareness about a lack of accountability and transparency in the way some charities are run. But a controversial proposal to establish a powerful charity commission to regulate charities was opposed by many groups who fear it could be used as a means to control charities. Although the plan has now been shelved, the debate highlights the difficulties of balancing accountability on the one hand and the autonomy of charities on the other.

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Learning from the Hong Kong Experience Learning from the Hong Kong Experience

Learning from the Hong Kong Experience

Although civil society in China continues to face many challenges and restrictions, Chinese NGOs are continuing to develop and grow. Varsity takes a look at the role that Hong Kong NGOs have played and continue to play in that development.

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The Business of CSR The Business of CSR

The Business of CSR

The term corporate social responsibility – or CSR – has generated a lot of buzz in recent years. Many people in Hong Kong would associate it with the charitable and philanthropic acts of businesses. Practitioners say it goes further than that, and covers sustainability and engagement with workers, consumers and the community. But perhaps fewer people are aware of the criticisms that CSR is little more than corporate whitewashing and spin. Varsity looks at the arguments.

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Surviving Single Fatherhood

Surviving Single Fatherhood

What happens when a man suddenly finds himself a lone parent? Single and working mothers have always had to juggle career and family but for many single dads, lone parenthood provides fresh challenges. And as Varsity hears, opening up emotionally and asking for help are two of the biggest difficulties

Mar 18, 2014 12:10

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Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Mark Mak Chi-ho has been a screenwriter and a tennis coach. Now, he has embarked on a third career as an animal crusader. Here, here. the founder of the Non-Profit-Making Veterinary Service tells Varsity he wants to rescue and save every abandoned, stray or injured animal from abuse and euthanasia.

Mar 18, 2014 12:08

Lifestyle

It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mention concerts in Hong Kong and most people think of glitzy shows by Cantopop stars in venues like the Hong Kong Coliseum. But in recent years, the territory has been playing host to a very different kind of music event. An increasing number of outdoor music festivals are attracting big name international headliners and showcasing local indie talent and changing the way Hong Kongers experience live music.

Mar 18, 2014 12:07

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Renaissance in Yim Tin Tsai

Renaissance in Yim Tin Tsai

Yim Tin Tsai is a village on an island off Sai Kung with a rich Hakka and Catholic history, which was left abandoned for decades. Now, plans are afoot to revive the village and to replace the long neglected salt pans to produce salt, once the mainstay of the village economy.

Mar 18, 2014 12:05

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March 2014 – For the greater good

March 2014 – For the greater good

Civil society is often referred to as the ‘third sector’, distinctive from government and business, and encompasses charities and non-government organisations. This edition of Varsity explores some of the issues relating to charity, NGOs and civil society in Hong Kong: The Flip side of Charity Law looks at whether we can balance the need to have […]

For the Greater Good

For the Greater Good

We are often told it is more blessed to give than to receive. And Hong Kong people certainly live up to the saying. Hong Kongers are generous donors and enthusiastic volunteers. Last year, the city ranked in the top 20 countries and regions in the World Giving Index, with around 63 per cent of the […]

A Hard Ride to Success

A Hard Ride to Success

Horseracing is not just about gambling. It is a demanding and dangerous sport that requires discipline and determination but the rewards can be substantial. As Varsity learns, every year, hundreds of youngsters compete for the 10 to 20 chances to become an apprentice jockey.

Surviving Single Fatherhood

Surviving Single Fatherhood

What happens when a man suddenly finds himself a lone parent? Single and working mothers have always had to juggle career and family but for many single dads, lone parenthood provides fresh challenges. And as Varsity hears, opening up emotionally and asking for help are two of the biggest difficulties

Let’s Talk about Sex

Let’s Talk about Sex

The traditional view of sex education in schools focuses on avoiding unplanned pregnancies and abstinence. But many young people, educators, public health experts and social workers increasingly believe it should also cover topics such as safe sex, sexuality, sexual orientation and self-esteem. Ironically the flexibility given to schools on how the teach sex education may be a hindrance to an open discussion of these issues.

Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Mark Mak Chi-ho has been a screenwriter and a tennis coach. Now, he has embarked on a third career as an animal crusader. Here, here. the founder of the Non-Profit-Making Veterinary Service tells Varsity he wants to rescue and save every abandoned, stray or injured animal from abuse and euthanasia.

It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mention concerts in Hong Kong and most people think of glitzy shows by Cantopop stars in venues like the Hong Kong Coliseum. But in recent years, the territory has been playing host to a very different kind of music event. An increasing number of outdoor music festivals are attracting big name international headliners and showcasing local indie talent and changing the way Hong Kongers experience live music.

Boccia – A Game with No Barriers

Boccia – A Game with No Barriers

Boccia is a ball game that can be played by the able-bodied, the disabled and the elderly. It’s a paralympic sport in which Hong Kong has an impressive track record. Yet few in Hong Kong have heard of it. Varsity takes a closer look.

Renaissance in Yim Tin Tsai

Renaissance in Yim Tin Tsai

Yim Tin Tsai is a village on an island off Sai Kung with a rich Hakka and Catholic history, which was left abandoned for decades. Now, plans are afoot to revive the village and to replace the long neglected salt pans to produce salt, once the mainstay of the village economy.

The Company of Books

The Company of Books

Hong Kong is not just about fast money, fast food and fast fashion. In the heart of the city, there is an oasis for reading and reflection. Varsity visits the Coming Society for a dose of intellectual stimulation.