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Information and its Discontents – Editor’s Note

Information and its Discontents – Editor’s Note

It is hard to imagine life now without computers and the internet. The drivers of the information revolution have changed our lives in previously unimaginable ways.

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20 Years Later – Editor’s Note

20 Years Later – Editor’s Note

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover and transition from a British colony to a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. Some people will recall the tears of the last governor Chris Patten after he gave his farewell speech at Tamar. But for our generation, such scenes are known […]

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That Which Divides Us – Editor’s Note

That Which Divides Us – Editor’s Note

The year 2016 will be remembered as one marked by conflict and rupture. Britons voted to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum, Americans elected Donald Trump in a presidential election characterised by fear and vilification of the “other” and in Hong Kong, localism emerged as an electoral force. These are all signs of […]

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Localisms – Editor’s Note

Localisms – Editor’s Note

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 […]

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Waiting for the Green Leap Forward

Waiting for the Green Leap Forward

Hong Kong experienced its hottest summer last year since Hong Kong Observatory records began in 1884. This January was the wettest since records began and in late January, we were hit by the lowest temperatures since 1955. So it should come as no surprise that the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory Shun Chi-ming maintains […]

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Remaking Our Communities

Remaking Our Communities

In this issue of Varsity, we look at different aspects of “community” in Hong Kong. A community can refer to a group of people living in the same place or being educated or working together, or those who are united by common values, identities or interests. Yet, to many young people in Hong Kong, it seems […]

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Is Hong Kong International, Transparent and Efficient? – Editor’s Note

Is Hong Kong International, Transparent and Efficient? – Editor’s Note

International, transparent and efficient – these are the words the government department for attracting and keeping foreign investment in the city, InvestHK, uses to describe why “Hong Kong is the ideal place to do business in Asia”. They are also characteristics Hongkongers have long been proud to present to visitors to our city. We might […]

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What Next for Hong Kong’s Youth? – Editor’s Note

What Next for Hong Kong’s Youth? – Editor’s Note

As we enter adulthood, we start to taste life’s many different flavours – including the bittersweet. We have to stand on our own two feet, make our own living and stop relying on our families. We become aware of the responsibilities on our shoulders. Some might describe this as a “moment of awakening”, the beginning […]

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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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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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