Archive for December, 2011
Bygones are not bygones Be it universal suffrage or the minimum wage, Hong Kongers hotly debate the big issues every day. We show our interest in various issues and stories by watching the news on television or reading newspapers and magazines. But our attention span does not usually last for long and our interest in the [...]
The December 2011 issue of Varsity looks at groups and issues that were once highly visible in Hong Kong, but have since faded from view and public awareness: Pro-Kuomintang, or Nationalist groups and sentiments may no longer be influential in Hong Kong’s social and cultural spheres but KMT supporters can still be found Hong Kong’s [...]
Hong Kong lags behind other developed economies in providing paternity leave for new fathers but the government is hoping to set an example by giving male civil servants paid paternity leave. Varsity talks to some fathers about what being home during the first days of the children’s lives means to them.
The recent court-cases over whether foreign domestic workers should have the right to apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong has sparked heated debate. Filipinos and Indonesians have borne the brunt of emotional rhetoric warning and doomsday predictions. But while most Filipinos are working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the territory is also home to a Filipino community that includes professionals and business people. Varsity meets some of them.
People and groups loyal to the Communist mainland and Nationalist Taiwan used battle for influence in colonial Hong Kong. But as the economic and political clout of the People’s Republic China has risen, support for the Kuomintang cause has waned. The KMT presence has become even more low-key after 1997 but Varsity finds there are still nationalist die-hards in the S.A.R.
Chan Min-leung is a familiar face in TVB dramas – he usually plays villains and unsavoury characters. Here he shows Varsity his other side as a dedicated and accomplished Chinese ink painter.
Hong Kong’s Nepalese population has grown rapidly over the past two decades. Most Nepalis here are the children of former Gurkha soldiers who were responsible for Hong Kong’s security during the colonial years. Many of ex-soldiers have retired to Nepal or moved to the UK, but their children have decided to make Hong Kong their home. Varsity learns about some of the problems they face.
Most people associate refugees and asylum-seekers in Hong Kong with the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese boat people who sought safety here. But there are currently hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who in Hong Kong who have fled conflict and persecution back home. Varsity hears about their struggles under the government’s current refugee policy.
She dropped out of school at 14, became a receptionist and then a full-time mother. But Vivian Leung Tai Yuet-kam has many more roles than that. She founded the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group and the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association and is also a part-time farmer. Varsity finds out what drives her.
Jin Yao is Hong Kong’s leading ballerina. She was born into a dancing family and knew from an early age that she was destined to dance. Here, she tells Varsity about the gruelling and sometimes lonely life of a top dancer, and of what spurs her on.