Archive for December, 2014

The Forgotten Transport: Kaito Ferries in Hong Kong

The Forgotten Transport: Kaito Ferries in Hong Kong

Kaito ferries provide a much needed service to residents in some parts of Hong Kong, but stringent licensing requirements mean some are forced to operate illegally, while high operating costs threaten the future of legal services.

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Viewing Hong Kong history through protest

Viewing Hong Kong history through protest

While the sheer volume and creativity of the art and visual culture of the recent Umbrella Movement is unprecedented in Hong Kong’s history, the territory does have a history of protest and protest culture. Varsity takes a look at how protest objects and their collection have changed over the years.

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Capturing scenes from the city – the old fashioned way

Capturing scenes from the city – the old fashioned way

In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone and digital camera, Varsity meets the artists who prefer to capture urban scenes using non-digital means.

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Old and alone in Hong Kong’s ghost villages

Old and alone in Hong Kong’s ghost villages

Varsity treks to some of Hong Kong’s remote villages to talk to the few elderly villagers still living there and hears that one if their greatest concerns is the lack of convenient transport in the event of a medical emergency.

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Citizen Journalists report the Umbrella Movement

Citizen Journalists report the Umbrella Movement

In recent years, the lines between mainstream and alternative media and professional and citizen journalists have become increasingly blurred. The recent Umbrella Movement saw many citizen journalists on the frontline, filing up-to-the-minute reports for various online media. Varsity caught up with some of them.

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Sino Centre: Witnessing the End of an Era

Sino Centre: Witnessing the End of an Era

Mong Kok’s Sino Centre was once a place of pilgrimmage for fans of Cantopop and local movie stars. In its heyday, fans used to queue up for hours to buy laminated photos of their idols. But those days are gone, and Sino Centre is now a repository of collective memories for a generation of Hongkongers.

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The Oyster Farmers of Lau Fau Shan

The Oyster Farmers of Lau Fau Shan

Oyster farming has been practiced in Hong Kong for 200 years, but in recent years pollution and competition from imported oysters has seen a decline in demand for locally raised oysters. Still, as Varsity finds out, Hong Kong’s oyster farmers have tapped a growing appetite for Hong Kong oysters in the Mainland.

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December 2014 – Information to opinion

December 2014 – Information to opinion

We live in a world full of information and we have never had so many channels through which to receive that information. In this issue we take a look at how information can shape opinion by looking through the lens of the Umbrella Movement. Many say the Occupy Movement has created a more divided society […]

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From Sweetheart to Survivor

From Sweetheart to Survivor

She had a dazzling career spanning Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea as a teenage sweetheart. She gave it up to become a wife and mother. She survived divorce to bring up two children and embark on a new career as a clay artist. Varsity meets Gloria Yip Wan-yee.

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The Weather Chasers

The Weather Chasers

When others bunker down with instant noodles and television updates at home, Hong Kong’s weather geeks put on their waterproof clothing, grab their wind meters and rush out to chase the storm. But there is also more to metereology than just typhoons. Varsity meets the amateur meteorologists who form Hong Kong’s weather underground.

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