Archive for March, 2015

Civic Awakening – Editor’s Note

Civic Awakening – Editor’s Note

When police cleared, Causeway Bay, the last of the occupied areas, in December, the 79-day Occupy Movement finally drew to a close. The occupation which became known as the Umbrella Movement began in late September and drew together citizens from different walks of life in a push for genuine universal suffrage. As the government did […]

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World City Losing World Travellers

World City Losing World Travellers

Hong Kong has long been regarded as a World City that accommodates tourists from all over the world. But the huge increase in the number of mainland tourists in recent years has dampened its attractiveness to other international tourists. Is Hong Kong losing its competitive edge in tourism?

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Bargaining for Workers’ Power

Bargaining for Workers’ Power

Unions have been fighting for collective bargaining rights for Hong Kong’s workers for more than a decade. Yet the government and business sector insists that voluntary negotiations are good enough. Labour groups tell Varsity all they want is a fairer footing at the negotiating table.

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Doctorate Dilemmas

Doctorate Dilemmas

With a surge in the number of PhD graduates and scarce job opportunities in academia, local PhD graduates are finding it harder to find research and teaching jobs in universities. Varsity hears how they can often be at a disadvantage to holders of overseas doctorates.

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No Retreat for Bar’s Landlady

No Retreat for Bar’s Landlady

From Club 64 to Club 71, Grace Ma Lai-wah has run two bars named after significant political incidents that have witnessed more than a quarter of a century of Hong Kong history. Despite all the struggles and changes in the city and her life, Ma has always managed to find a way to survive.

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Walking alongside the Needy

Walking alongside the Needy

Today, lecturer Li Chun-hong teaches humanities to university students, but things could have turned out very differently. Li spent some of his childhood years shoplifting, fighting and hanging out with triads. Education turned his life around and now Li hopes he can help other young lives.

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Tiara Tales

Tiara Tales

In the 1970s and 1980s, the annual Miss Hong Kong Pageant was one of the biggest entertainment events of the year. But with the rise of sensationalist tabloid-style media, changes in Hongkongers’ lifestyles and the status of women, the competition and the idea of beauty queens can seem like old-fashioned.

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Snapping Me, Myself and I

Snapping Me, Myself and I

From schoolchildren to celebrities to presidents, anyone with a smartphone can and does take selfies these days. Some people go to extreme lengths and exotic locations, such as from high altitude and even space, to make their selfies more creative and unique. Varsity looks at selfie culture and the different reasons people have to snap their own images.

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Medicine Street Seeks Prescription for Survival

Medicine Street Seeks Prescription for Survival

Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street’s vendors about how they see their future.

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Preserving the Bloom

Preserving the Bloom

Want to send flowers that will never wilt to your special ones? Try pressed flower art to freeze petals and leaves in time.

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