Archive for April, 2015

Reimagining Public Space – Editor’s Note

Reimagining Public Space – Editor’s Note

Public space is a crucial element of a city’s liveability. In crowded Hong Kong, where land is maximised for commercial and residential use, the importance of public space has been diminished. In this issue, we take a closer look at citizens’ access to and rights in using public space. As the government imposes more restrictions […]

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Invisible Disability

Invisible Disability

End stage renal disease (ESRD) patients need frequent dialysis treatment frequently to stay alive. This makes it hard for them to find jobs to pay for the costly treatment. Disability Allowance could help to ease their financial burden but the ambiguous terms in the application mean many doctors do not consider ESRD patients as eligible for the allowance.

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The Return of the Non-natives

The Return of the Non-natives

With an ageing population, Hong Kong faces a shrinking workforce. The government’s latest initiative to boost the workforce and expand the pool of talent is to appeal to the children of Hongkongers who have emigrated overseas. But does the city have what it takes to attract these second generation overseas Hongkongers, or would they prefer competitor cities like Singapore?

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Misfits Makes Good

Misfits Makes Good

There is a common misunderstanding in Hong Kong that autistic people are either severely intellectually disabled or are geniuses with special talents. Either way, they tend to be labeled as freaks. However, high functioning autistic people are embraced by employers due to their loyalty, methodical approach and sensitivity to numbers.

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Dr Au Yiu-kai – Always On Call

Dr Au Yiu-kai – Always On Call

Doctor Au Yiu-kai has braved Taliban attacks and Israeli airstrikes during this time as a volunteer physician in conflict and disaster areas across the world. None of these dangers has discouraged him from serving the sick and wounded. But here the head of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) volunteers’ medical team, he tells Varsity about his heartbreak over Hong Kong.

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Sayed Gouda – The Poet Who Will Not Be Silenced

Sayed Gouda – The Poet Who Will Not Be Silenced

As an exchange student, Egyptian poet Sayed Gouda witnessed the historic Tiananmen Square protests and crackdown of 1989. Now, as a Hong Kong resident, he once again found himself living under Beijing’s shadow after the Umbrella Movement broke out. Gouda talks to Varsity about his unforgettable memories of Beijing and his insights on the Occupy Central Movement.

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Collecting for Posterity

Collecting for Posterity

History is not something we only learn about in textbooks. There are many local enthusiasts who study history through collecting various historical tangibles, such as old maps, revenue stamps and photographs. Varsity meets the collectors, restorers and archivists who can help us understand how the past has shaped our city today.

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Bricks without Boundaries

Bricks without Boundaries

Lego has been a popular toy for generations of children. Its manufacturer and fans say the bricks encourage creativity. But more and more Lego products are now theme and even gender specific – some are based on blockbuster entertainment franchises. Does this hinder children’s creativity?

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The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

Thanks to its rich natural resources and access to quality shrimps, Tai O has been renowned for its scrumptious shrimp paste. But the ban on trawling has shifted the production line to the Mainland. Varsity asks long-established brands how they see the future of their businesses.

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Flavours of Yesteryear

Flavours of Yesteryear

Hong Kong is a city where development constantly changes the physical landscape and where fashions quickly come and go. But Hongkongers are a nostalgic lot. Now, in the heart of our city, there is a restaurant re-creating the demolished Lai Yuen Amusement Park.

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