November 2014 – Democracy in China’s Shadow November 2014 – Democracy in China’s Shadow

November 2014 – Democracy in China’s Shadow

Protesters have occupied sections of streets in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay to demand free and open elections in the 2017 vote for Chief Executive. Varsity asks protesters, scholars and figures like Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man and LegCo president Tsang Yok-shing about political reform after Occupy. Apart from Hong Kong, we also look at Macau and Taiwan, Chinese societies whose democratic development are affected to varying degrees by their relationship with mainland China.

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Hong Kong after Occupy Hong Kong after Occupy

Hong Kong after Occupy

More than a month after police teargas at protesters and tens of thousands of people took part in the occupation of areas in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, the number of occupiers has fallen but many are still holding out to express their demand for what they see as true universal suffrage. Hong Kong’s democratic journey did not begin with the Occupy Movement and it is unlikely to end once the occupiers have left the streets. Varsity asks how that journey will proceed after Occupy.

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Against all odds: Macau’s democratic awakening Against all odds: Macau’s democratic awakening

Against all odds: Macau’s democratic awakening

Long famed as a gambling and entertainment paradise, Macau is not exactly known as a place for political activism. Yet, in the past year, thousands of Macanese have taken to the streets to protest against an unpopular government policy, for labour rights and even in support of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement. Does this herald an awakening of Macau’s civil society?

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Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan? Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan?

Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan?

When students in Taiwan occupied the Legislative Yuan – in what became known as the Sunflower Movement – earlier this year to protest against a proposed trade pact with the Mainland, “Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan” was a common refrain. Varsity looks at the lessons and insights that activists in the two places gain from looking at developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Unsustainable Rights

Unsustainable Rights

The three-story “ding” houses are a familiar sight in the New Territories. Male indigenous villagers are granted the right to build these residences for self-use under the decades-old small house policy. But with soaring property prices and limited land available for development in crowded Hong Kong, critics are asking how sustainable are ding rights?

Nov 4, 2014 16:16

People

Dancing on a Tightrope

Dancing on a Tightrope

Lyricist Chan Wing-him broke Lin Xi and Wyman Wong Wai-man’s dominance of the local music industry by bagging the prize for Best Lyricist at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards this year. Here he tells Varsity about his journey from boy rebel to chart-topper.

Nov 4, 2014 16:15

Lifestyle

Dressing across Gender Borders

Dressing across Gender Borders

Living in a city with traditional gender norms, cross-dressing is prone to misunderstanding and controversy. For many corss-dressers, wearing the clothes of the opposite sex is a way of expressing their individuality and is not neccessarily related to sexual orientation.

Nov 4, 2014 16:14

Photo Feature

Band of Brothers: Hong Kong’s Last Shipbuilders

Band of Brothers: Hong Kong’s Last Shipbuilders

The shipbuilding industry in Hong Kong has long since said goodbye to its golden era. But the city’s ship-builders have adapted to the times with a thriving yacht repair business. Varsity looks at the bonds between the shipbuilders, fostered over decades of working together and keeping the business afloat.

Nov 4, 2014 10:14

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Democracy in China’s Shadow

Democracy in China’s Shadow

Just before the autumn term began, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) announced its framework for the Chief Executive election in 2017. The plan was perhaps even more restrictive than had been expected and crushed the hopes of many Hong Kong people who hope to elect their own leader by universal suffrage. But instead […]

Unsustainable Rights

Unsustainable Rights

The three-story “ding” houses are a familiar sight in the New Territories. Male indigenous villagers are granted the right to build these residences for self-use under the decades-old small house policy. But with soaring property prices and limited land available for development in crowded Hong Kong, critics are asking how sustainable are ding rights?

Gambling Away Youth

Gambling Away Youth

Young gamblers play a high stakes game with their future. Varsity talks to youngsters who brush off their gambling habit as being part of human nature and a harmless leisure activity, and to the social workers who warn of the dangers of gambling addiction.

Opening Hong Kong’s Final Frontier

Opening Hong Kong’s Final Frontier

Sha Tau Kok – with its famous Chung Ying Street – is the last closed area in Hong Kong. Now, some residents are calling for it to be opened up to boost economic development. But others are strongly opposed to such moves and want to preserve their way of life.

Dancing on a Tightrope

Dancing on a Tightrope

Lyricist Chan Wing-him broke Lin Xi and Wyman Wong Wai-man’s dominance of the local music industry by bagging the prize for Best Lyricist at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards this year. Here he tells Varsity about his journey from boy rebel to chart-topper.

Dressing across Gender Borders

Dressing across Gender Borders

Living in a city with traditional gender norms, cross-dressing is prone to misunderstanding and controversy. For many corss-dressers, wearing the clothes of the opposite sex is a way of expressing their individuality and is not neccessarily related to sexual orientation.

The Body Politic

The Body Politic

Performance art has been around in Hong Kong since the mid 1970s but many members of the public are probably still baffled by what it means. Although you may not be familiar with the concepts and theories of performance art, you have probably seen it at protests and social events as the city’s performance artists are doing more and more political works.

The Pastor of Civic Square

The Pastor of Civic Square

He pitched a tent to protest alongside staff of HKTV, he is suing the government over the closure of Civic Square, he can be seen on the frontline at many of Hong Kong’s social movements. American veteran and pastor Bob Kraft tells Varsity he is always protesting because fighting injustice is the right thing to do.

Make An Impression

Make An Impression

Want to impress your loved ones with beautiful hand-made greeting cards? Try making an impression with letterpress printing.

Stay Angry, Stay Witty

Stay Angry, Stay Witty

Illustrator Andy Leung Ka-chun, or “Angryangry” as he calls himself, draws on local development and conservation, and conflicts between mainland China and Hong Kong for his works. But as he explains to Varsity, his illustrations are not just a way to vent his anger towards social injustice, he also wants to arouse people’s identification with their city.