December 2014 – Information to opinion December 2014 – Information to opinion

December 2014 – Information to opinion

We live in a world full of information and we have never had so many channels through which to receive that information. In this issue we take a look at how information can shape opinion by looking through the lens of the Umbrella Movement. Many say the Occupy Movement has created a more divided society […]

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Open Information, Open Minds? Open Information, Open Minds?

Open Information, Open Minds?

Does free information flow change political opinions of Mainlanders in Hong Kong? by Yan Li & Brian Wong Hui Kei, a 29-year-old freelance writer from Zhejiang was once a Chinese patriot and firm believer in the Communist Party. He was an active member of the Young Pioneers and the Communist Youth League who would naturally […]

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The Shifting Middle The Shifting Middle

The Shifting Middle

Opinion polls consistently show that support for the Umbrella Movement is highest among young people who are more likely to get their news and information from social media. But what about older people? Varsity talks to some parents and working people about their views on the movement and how they get informed about it.

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Information and Disinformation Information and Disinformation

Information and Disinformation

Activists complain rumours distract and damage movement By Kanis Leung &  Jeffrey Loa Hong Kong is a city with one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world, a relatively free-wheeling media and a growing online and alternative media scene. Add to that a large-scale social movement in the shape of the Occupy Movement […]

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Our Community

The Lonely Struggle For Recognition

The Lonely Struggle For Recognition

In America, any disease affecting about one in 1,500 people is defined as a rare disease, in European Union countries, the figure is one in 2,000 people and in Taiwan, one in 10,000 people. But in Hong Kong, there is no definition of what counts as a rare disease, let alone any legislation safeguarding their rights. Sufferers tell Varsity how this affects their treatment and care.

Dec 10, 2014 8:57

People

From Sweetheart to Survivor

From Sweetheart to Survivor

She had a dazzling career spanning Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea as a teenage sweetheart. She gave it up to become a wife and mother. She survived divorce to bring up two children and embark on a new career as a clay artist. Varsity meets Gloria Yip Wan-yee.

Dec 10, 2014 8:58

Lifestyle

The Weather Chasers

The Weather Chasers

When others bunker down with instant noodles and television updates at home, Hong Kong’s weather geeks put on their waterproof clothing, grab their wind meters and rush out to chase the storm. But there is also more to metereology than just typhoons. Varsity meets the amateur meteorologists who form Hong Kong’s weather underground.

Dec 10, 2014 8:57

Photo Feature

Hard To Say Goodbye

Hard To Say Goodbye

Wah Fu Estate, with its ocean views, spectacular sunsets, fresh sea breezes and a Pok Fu Lam address, is not a luxury residential complex but a public housing estate with 18 concrete blocks. When it welcomed its first low-income residents in 1967, the area was a remote backwater. Now with land scarce and housing in short supply, Wah Fu faces what some consider to be long-overdue revelopment. Still, many residents will miss the old days and the ties that bind in this old Hong Kong community.

Dec 10, 2014 8:55

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December 2014 – Information to opinion

December 2014 – Information to opinion

We live in a world full of information and we have never had so many channels through which to receive that information. In this issue we take a look at how information can shape opinion by looking through the lens of the Umbrella Movement. Many say the Occupy Movement has created a more divided society […]

From Sweetheart to Survivor

From Sweetheart to Survivor

She had a dazzling career spanning Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea as a teenage sweetheart. She gave it up to become a wife and mother. She survived divorce to bring up two children and embark on a new career as a clay artist. Varsity meets Gloria Yip Wan-yee.

The Weather Chasers

The Weather Chasers

When others bunker down with instant noodles and television updates at home, Hong Kong’s weather geeks put on their waterproof clothing, grab their wind meters and rush out to chase the storm. But there is also more to metereology than just typhoons. Varsity meets the amateur meteorologists who form Hong Kong’s weather underground.

The Lonely Struggle For Recognition

The Lonely Struggle For Recognition

In America, any disease affecting about one in 1,500 people is defined as a rare disease, in European Union countries, the figure is one in 2,000 people and in Taiwan, one in 10,000 people. But in Hong Kong, there is no definition of what counts as a rare disease, let alone any legislation safeguarding their rights. Sufferers tell Varsity how this affects their treatment and care.

Fermi Wong stands against racism, for Hong Kong

Fermi Wong stands against racism, for Hong Kong

Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s best known campaigner for the rights of ethnic minorities, Fermi Wong, stepped down from Unison, the organisation she co-founded and ran for 16 years, and threw herself into the Umbrella Movement. Here, she tells Varsity about her childhood in Fujian, her first days in Hong Kong and her hopes for the city she loves.

It’s a RAP!

It’s a RAP!

They have roots in the Philippines, India and Brazil but they are all Hong Kongers, and they are rapping about life in the city. Varsity meets members of the multicultural hip hop outfit Dope Boy and hear how rap helps them to break down cultural barriers

Make Up or Break Up

Make Up or Break Up

A marriage may be between two people, but when it hits the rocks, it can affect more than just the couple involved – especially when there are children. Marriage counsellors can help couples to resolve their differences or at least their hostilities for the benefit of all parties. But as Varsity learns, services are hampered by cultural barriers and a lack of support.

The Storyteller’s Tale

The Storyteller’s Tale

He weaves life into stories and stories into life. Varsity talks to Yuen Che-hung, better known as storyteller Uncle Hung, who takes us on a journey from his firebrand days as a teenage rebel in San Po Kong to what he sees as the utopian world of occupied Admiralty.

3D Printing opens the door to possibilities

3D Printing opens the door to possibilities

3D printing has been used to make industrial and commercial prototypes, models, machine parts, even the body of a car. But the technology could provide even bigger breakthroughs in the world of medicine, where researchers are experimenting with 3D printed artificial limbs and organs. Varsity looks at some existing medical uses of the tenchology as well as possible future applications.

Fly High

Fly High

Paragliding lets you get a birds-eye view of Hong Kong by flying up with the birds.