Archive for November, 2012

November 2012 – Read On

November 2012 – Read On

This issue of Varsity looks at books and reading in Hong Kong. The city is often described as a cultural and literary desert whose residents are more interested in shopping than reading. In Periscope, we look at several aspects of Hong Kong’s reading culture and as a market for book sales: Eslite is Taiwan’s best-known […]

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Read On – Editor’s note

Read On – Editor’s note

Greetings from the Autumn 2012 Editorial Board! The November issue of Varsity looks at books and bodies. First off, we explore Hong Kong’s reading culture. In August, the famed bookstore and lifestyle shop Eslite opened its first branch outside of Taiwan right here in Hong Kong. Crowds immediately thronged the store and it became the […]

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Can Eslite Fever Get Hong Kong Reading?

Can Eslite Fever Get Hong Kong Reading?

When Taiwan’s leading bookstore opened its first Hong Kong branch this summer, it became the place to see and be seen. The hype surrounding the bookshop led people to ask whether it could be a boost to Hong Kong’s flagging reading culture.

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Hong Kong is Banned Book Paradise

Hong Kong is Banned Book Paradise

In recent years, Hong Kong has become a shopping paradise for people from the mainland. They are eager to snap up genuine brands of everything from milk powder to toiletries and cosmetics. But there is another thing visitors are keen to buy – books that have been censored and banned back home.

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Re-defining Reading

Re-defining Reading

Today’s young people have grown up in a digital age and are just as likely to read online articles as books. They’re often accused of not reading enough or at all. Is this accusation fair? Varsity explores and conducts a reading habits survey of our own.

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Survey on reading habits of HK youth

Survey on reading habits of HK youth

Varsity surveyed more than 260 secondary school and university students to find out about their reading habits. Read the full results here.

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The Model Asian

The Model Asian

The sight of more than 100 topless hunks waving from the upper deck of an open-top bus in Central this summer provoked caterwauls, admiration, criticism and envy. Most of the models hired by American fashion retailer Abercrombie and Fitch to promote the opening of their Hong Kong store, were recruited from overseas. But there were a few locals as well and they reported a much more muted response from customers. What does the whole episode tell us about how the East Asian male body is perceived in Hong Kong?

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B&B Hong Kong Style

B&B Hong Kong Style

B&B or “bed and breakfast” is a popular choice of accommodation for travellers in many parts of the world, including Asian destinations such as Taiwan and Japan but in Hong Kong, many of them operate in a grey area due to the lack of specific regulations.

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Being Stephen Au

Being Stephen Au

Stephen Au Kam-tong is best known as a local TV actor and presenter but he’s also an outspoken advocate on causes such as the recent campaign against national education, a Bruce Lee devotee, filmmaker, stage actor and director. He has fought depression, the breakdown of his marriage and come back fighting. Varsity asks what drives him.

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Listen! Don’t look

Listen! Don’t look

She’s a former school teacher who goes by the name of Lung Siu-kwan, which means “little fungus”. She says she’s just as hardy as a fungus that can survive against all odds with the scantest of resources. She also sings from behind a costume that covers every inch of flesh, including her face. Varsity finds out why.

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