December 2016 – That which divides us December 2016 – That which divides us

December 2016 – That which divides us

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At home and in the world at large, societies seem to be getting more polarised and many are seeing a pushback against globalisation. Boundaries are becoming more apparent. In this issue’s Periscope, Varsity looks at the boundaries and divisions between different groups of people in Hong Kong society.

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Mind the Generation Gap Mind the Generation Gap

Mind the Generation Gap

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Conflict between the young and the old has greatly escalated since the Umbrella Movement in 2014. They label each other as “useless youths” and “fogeys” respectively, blaming each other for causing problems in society. Varsity talks to both sides and explores what drives their hostility.

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Colour Lines Colour Lines

Colour Lines

Hong Kong brands itself as an international city, but there is little doubt that race draws lines between people in our city. Varsity talks to people of non-Chinese ethnicity in Hong Kong and learn about the racism and microagressions they encounter, why it happens and how they think it can be tackled.

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The Walls Within The Walls Within

The Walls Within

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Traditional life in Hong Kong’s indigenous villages has changed over the years as indigenous villagers move out and outsiders move in. How do these groups get along with one another and how does that compare with the unspoken rules villagers have always used to maintain relations?

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Our Community

Fix it!

Fix it!

The cheap cost of consumer goods encourages a throwaway culture where people chuck things when they break without regard of the harmful environmental impacts. Some people still remember the good old alternative to tossing stuff away – fixing them.

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Dec 2, 2016 14:43

People

The Activist Journalist

The Activist Journalist

Young and fearless, Zhao Sile is a feminist, human rights activist and journalist. She tells Varsity about the ups and downs of her career and how she persists in writing stories about controversial subjects in face of adversity.

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Dec 2, 2016 14:42

Lifestyle

A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.

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Dec 2, 2016 14:42

Photo Story

The Only Show in Town

The Only Show in Town

Come to the circus, the Hong Kong Circus. Varsity meets members of Hong Kong’s first and only local circus troupe, who are seeking to breathe new life into circus entertainment.

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Dec 2, 2016 14:39

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That Which Divides Us – Editor’s Note

That Which Divides Us – Editor’s Note

The year 2016 will be remembered as one marked by conflict and rupture. Britons voted to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum, Americans elected Donald Trump in a presidential election characterised by fear and vilification of the “other” and in Hong Kong, localism emerged as an electoral force. These are all signs of […]

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Fix it!

Fix it!

The cheap cost of consumer goods encourages a throwaway culture where people chuck things when they break without regard of the harmful environmental impacts. Some people still remember the good old alternative to tossing stuff away – fixing them.

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Visible and Vulnerable

Visible and Vulnerable

The increased visibility of the LGBT community has led more people to support anti-discrimination legislation against sexual minorities, but is society really more accepting of sexual minorities? Varsity looks into the hostility they still face despite their increased exposure.

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Sun Sets on Evening Schools

Sun Sets on Evening Schools

Evening schools have been in decline since the government rolled out its universal education policy. Varsity looks at how the few remaining evening schools struggle to survive – and their importance in providing basic education to those who cannot attend day schools.

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The Activist Journalist

The Activist Journalist

Young and fearless, Zhao Sile is a feminist, human rights activist and journalist. She tells Varsity about the ups and downs of her career and how she persists in writing stories about controversial subjects in face of adversity.

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A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.

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Viva la Diva!

Viva la Diva!

Known for her deep and emotive voice and iconic costumes, Canto pop legend Paula Tsui Siu-fung looks back on her 40-year singing career and shares her views on the music industry, as well as her unexpected popularity among young people.

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Science for All

Science for All

Science isn’t just the preserve of professional scientists conducting sophisticated experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories. Enthusiastic amateurs – citizen scientists – can also connect with nature and help to conserve and preserve it.

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Inside Out

Inside Out

Hong Kong’s young people lead hectic lives – stressing out about how to maintain a balance between study, work and family. Recent political tensions have only made matters worse. Many are turning to mindfulness and meditation to provide relief, insight and inner peace.

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The Only Show in Town

The Only Show in Town

Come to the circus, the Hong Kong Circus. Varsity meets members of Hong Kong’s first and only local circus troupe, who are seeking to breathe new life into circus entertainment.

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