Archive for December, 2013
Living in a cramped city, with soaring stress levels caused by work and family pressure, Hong Kongers are vulnerable to mental health issues. A survey conducted by organisers of last year’s Mental Health Month found one in three people in the city suffer from mental health problems. Hong Kong faces a growing and urgent demand […]
Sexual harassment law protects customers from goods and service providers but not the other way round By Vanessa Cheung and Natalie Tsoi Leung is a 58-year-old worker in a care home. She has been doing this work for 18 years. One day, as she carried out her daily routine helping an elderly man with his […]
The popularity of mobile apps presents some of the best I.T. opportunities since the bursting of the internet bubble burst in 2000 and some Hong Kong developers are grasping those opportunities. Varsity asks what they need to survive and thrive in this competitive field?
Trees are a welcome sight in our concrete jungle, but they often suffer from crowding, pollution and inappropriate care. Apart from causing damage to the trees, the poor management of trees also poses a risk to human safety. Conservationists and arborists – or tree doctors – say Hong Kong needs a Tree Ordinance and better urban planning are need to improve tree management.
One of Hong Kong’s best known and most promising playwrights, Candace Chong Mui Ngam tells Varsity about her journey from exploring the dark recesses of the human psyche in her work, to putting Hong Kong’s most pressing social and political issues up on the stage.
Meet Johnee Lau Kwun-yiu, the young creator of Galaman – or Armpit Man – Hong Kong’s baddest superhero. Lau tells Varsity how getting a bad grade in his public exams led him to first to question his own ability, and then on a journey to discovering his talent for animation.
Guide dogs for the blind are making a comeback in Hong Kong. Two groups are training a new generation of guide-dogs by enlisting the help of “puppy walkers” who help young dogs learn how to socialise with humans and navigate around the city. Varsity finds out what it takes for a puppy to become a guide dog.
With the spread of the internet, newspapers around the world are suffering from falling advertising revenues and shrinking circulations. District newspapers, which were once an important source of local news and information in Hong Kong had nearly all disappeared by the end of the 1980s. But a renewed interest in community and neighbourhood in community in the city has led to revival of district papers. Varsity meets the people behind them.
No longer considered a pastime for the elderly, Cantonese Opera is finding a new generation of devotees. Varsity meets the young Cantonese Opera performers who are spearheading the revival of a tradition that has been recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Photo enthusiasts create collaborative art across borders with film-swapping.