Archive for April, 2014
Ever since the handover, Hong Kong’s greater economic integration with the Mainland has been touted as an engine for future growth. But in recent years, Hong Kongers have begun to view integration, especially when it extends beyond the economic realm, with suspicion. Last month, the government acknowledged reports that it had considered a proposal to […]
In recent years, Hong Kong’s government and business sector have increasingly looked to greater integration with the Mainland for development and growth. It cannot be denied that Hong Kong has reaped economic benefits from acting as a gateway to mainland China, but is ‘looking north’ the best or only answer to Hong Kong’s long-term economic […]
It’s not easy being a taxi driver – rising fuel prices and increased traffic congestion have directly hit earnings, while speculation on taxi licences have made them unaffordable for most drivers. But some drivers still value the freedom and variety the job offers. Varsity talks to Hong Kong’s cabbies about how the view their career.
Floral tributes made from ribbons, paper coffins and recycled mourning clothes would go a long way in cutting down the waste generated at a conventional funeral. But despite efforts to promote green funerals in Hong Kong, traditional attitudes and beliefs along with reluctance on the part of commercial undertakers, are proving to be obstacles.
Hong Kong is a paradise for birds, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Conservationists say Hong Kong has good laws on bird protection and world-class wetland habitats, But as Varsity finds out, unrelenting development and poor awareness among the general public could threaten the environment for birds.
Patrick Dunn has been an accountant, a disc jockey, a TV presenter and a part-time soldier. He’s also a qualified pilot and certified diver. It sounds like a classic profile for a striver. But here, the Buzz Lightyear lookalike explains his laid-back attitude to life makes him the opposite of a determined over-achiever.
In a little over 30 years, Katherine Lam Suet-ying’s life has taken her from the rooftop huts of Sham Shui Po to the Chinese restaurants of Florida, an American university education and a high-flying job as a banker in Hong Kong. But, inspired by new motherhood and a poverty-busting Nobel laureate, Lam has quit banking to become a social entrepreneur. She tells Varsity about her journey.
After graduating from university, Sherry Chan Yuen-yung took a succession of well-paid jobs in finance and law but she knew her heart was not in it. What she wanted to do was to travel and to write, so that is exactly what she did. Varsity meets the blogger and journalist who has made the conflict-ridden regions of the Balkans and the Middle East her specialty.
Food writers and restaurant reviewers are some of the most envied people in the media, especially in food-crazy Hong Kong. These jobs were once the preserve of the expert and the famous, but with the advent of food blogging, anyone with a love of food and an internet connection can be a food writer. Varsity meets some of the city’s leading food bloggers and traditional food critics.
There is no denying that car-racing in Hong Kong has been in the doldrums in recent years. While nearby Macau hosts an annual Grand Prix, Hong Kong does not even have a car-race track. Few are aware of the city’s glorious racing past, but now, some local motorsports enthusiasts are planning to revive car and kart racing in Hong Kong.