Archive for November, 2016
Localisms Across the Spectrum Without a doubt, the most eye-catching news of September’s Legislative Council election was the victory of six young non-establishment lawmakers who are not from the pan-democratic camp. Local and international media have broadly described them as “localists” (本土派). Today, most people think of “localists” as those who advocate a separate Hong […]
The government has been outsourcing public services to cut costs since the 1990s. By 2014, there were almost 60,000 oursourced workers in low-paid jobs such as cleaners and security guards. But as Varsity learns, inadequate protections lead to the widespread abuse of outsourced workers’ rights.
The word ‘hunger’ seems out of place in affluent Hong Kong, but research shows many low-income households in the city struggle to get a decent diet. One study found that 40,000 people can’t afford to eat three meals a day.
In Hong Kong, society has become far more aware of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in children. What many are unaware of is the ADHD also affects adults – and delayed diagnosis can leave adults with the condition suffering from low self-esteem and even depression.
Labour party chairwoman and workers’ rights advocate Suzanne Wu Sui-shan says the decision to quit the Legislative Council race in September was “political suicide”. She tells Varsity why she did it anyway and why she’ll run again.
Bird Tang Wai-wing founded the voluntourism NGO VolTra in the hope that youngsters in Hong Kong can learn more about the world by working on grassroots projects around the world. But he insists projects must be based on local needs rather than on what volunteers hope to gain from the experience.
In this age of social media and portable digital devices, a group of devoted journal keepers insist on using pen and paper to record their thoughts and travels and to plan their daily schedules. As Varsity learns, they even share these physical journals online.
It used to be mainly women who were judged by their looks and figure but now men are also under increasing pressure to attain the perfect face and body.
Skateboarding is set to become an official Olympic sport at the Tokyo games in 2020 but skaters are ambivalent about the development – they’re worried this will hurt skateboarding’s freestyle street culture.
For those who can’t bear to part with their most cherished childhood companions, even when they’re missing eyes, limbs and coming apart at the seams, Magic Lab can fix and renew your stuffed toys.