Archive for April, 2013
Arranged marriage may seem like an anomaly in a society saturated by images and stories of love, romance and dream weddings. But for many members of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities, arranged marriage is a cultural norm and an accepted fact of life. Varsity listens to their stories.
The recent dispute over the shortage of infant formula highlighted tensions between Hong Kong and the Mainland. But it also shone a light on the territory’s low breastfeeding rate. The ratio of mothers who still breastfeed their babies after six months lags behind most Asian countries and regions. As Varsity discovers, many mothers complain Hong Kong lacks a supportive environment for breastfeeding.
Meet Mo Lai Yan-chi, one of Hong Kong’s brightest young drama actors and scriptwriters, a documentary-maker, filmmaker and activist. Here she tells Varsity how abandonment by her birth parents and an unusual childhood in rural China shaped her worldview and inspired her work.
Chang Tieh-chi may not look like a Rock ‘n’Roll rebel but beneath the calm exterior of the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong’s iconic “City Magazine” beats the heart of a former student activist who still wants to change the world. Varsity finds out what makes him tick.
From a seemingly spontaneous mass performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in Mong Kok, to an apparently aimless pillow fight in Central, to a mass gathering to call for the elimination of violence against women – flash mobs have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Varsity finds out how something that started as a sarcastic commentary on urban hipsters turned into a way to connect people and raise social awareness.
Not all singers perform for fame and fortune. Demo singers are unknown and usually uncredited, yet they are often the first artists to interpret and and record a song. While backing singers provide the harmonies that can complete and elevate an arrangement. Varsity lifts the veil on these unsung heroes of the music industry.
Imagine living by the beach in Stanley and practising canoeing and windsurfing as part of your school sports activities. This is not just the preserve of the rich and privileged elite, but also for the boys from the Hong Kong Sea School. Students at the school are mainly academically lower-achieving boys from underprivileged backgrounds. The school’s maritime-based curriculum and strict discipline are designed to train them jobs in the maritime and hospitality industries.
A whole generation of documentary makers are recording the true stories behind the extraordinary changes in Chinese society in recent years. Now, a non-profit foundation that started in Taiwan is providing a platform for these works to reach a wider audience by organising screenings and helping to produce new works. CNEX is now screening and promoting Chinese documentaries in Hong Kong.
Big Brother may or may not be watching you, but Hapifork is here to watch what you eat. The smart eating implement reminds you to slow down if you’re chomping too quickly and stores data on your eating habits for you to analyse on your computer.
A recent survey by The Economist named Hong Kong as the most “liveable” city in the world. The S.A.R. also came in tenth in a table of the best place to be born in another study by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The results raised eyebrows in the city, where many residents are only too aware of […]