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November 2017 – Out of sight, out of mind

A rare spotlight has been shone on prison life lately, a result of so many prominent Hong Kong figures behind bars or facing prison terms. They include a former Chief Executive, a former Chief Secretary for the Administration and one of Hong Kong's richest...

Rough Justice

After years of suffering in silence, former juvenile offenders are speaking up about alleged abuse by prison officers in Hong Kong's detention centres for young offenders. They say the current complaints system for reporting cases of abuse is ineffective and lacks independence.

One Country, Two Prison Systems

Hong Kong people who are detained in the Mainland find themselves grappling with unfamiliar legal, judicial and prison systems, and with little or no help from Hong Kong authorities.

Women on the Inside

Hong Kong has the highest ratio of women as a percentage of the prison population in the world. Varsity takes a look at the plight of female prisoners, including those incarcerated with their babies and those who may be human trafficking victims.

April 2017 – Information and its Discontents

We live in a post-information revolution age where we are deluged with information and data. How we make sense and make use of this information presents complex challenges. This issue of Varsity explores some of the complex issues around information in our society today.
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K-Wave on Campus

The number of South Korean students in Hong Kong's universities has more than doubled in the past five years. Varsity learns that rankings, Hong Kong popular culture and the China factor are among the draws bringing them to Hong Kong's campuses.

When No One Calls it Rape

Current Hong Kong law dictates that men cannot be raped and Hong Kong society tends to think men cannot be victims of sexual abuse. The Law Reform Commission has published proposals to introduce a gender neutral approach to rape and other non-consensual sex offences, but so far there's been little progress on legislation.

Special Needs Children Await Adoption

Most of the children waiting to be adopted in Hong Kong are children with special needs, but few local families seem to be willing to take on the responsibilities of caring for a child with disabilities.

Children come first?

Proposed amendments to current family law seek to encourage divorced couples to co-parent. While it might be good for the children to keep both parents in their lives, victims of domestic violence fear their abuse will continue under co-parenting provisions.

Best of Both Worlds?

More and more local families are sending their children to international schools in Hong Kong. Some do it to escape the high-pressure test culture of local schools, others for the English learning environment. But what are the pros and cons of this choice and what does the future look like for these students?

School’s not for everyone

More an more young people are struggling in Hong Kong's education system and some drop out of secondary school without taking their public exams. They may try to seek different paths, but it's hard in a society that still values conventional qualifications.

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Taking the Play out of Playground

You can't cycle, skateboard, make loud noises or even lie on benches in Hong Kong's public playgrounds. These rules are made to ensure safety, but they limit free play. Varsity looks at why playgounds are no longer fun, and what some people are doing about it.

Learning to be a Boss

A study finds that most foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong do not feel they have saved enough money when they return to their own countries, and end up having to work overseas again. Varsity looks at how some domestic workers are learning to save up to realise their business dreams at home.

Please Like, Share and Monetise!

Being an influencer, also known as a KOL or key opinion leader, seems to be a fun job, but Youtuber So Lok-sin says that behind the glamour, is a lot of hard work. Varsity speaks to different influencers to find out what they do on a daily basis.

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The mostly abandoned 400 year-old Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo is about to undergo a transformation with plans to convert derelict village houses into heritage holiday homes.

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