November 2017 – Editor’s note

Few of us pay much attention to prisons and prisoners. But this year has seen a number of prominent figures put behind bars. Former...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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For 25 years, we have been trying to tell Hong Kong stories that matter. Here is what some of our readers and fellow storytellers...

The Early Days of Varsity Magazine: Remembrances

In 1991, Bryce McIntyre left rural Oregon in the United States for a job at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was tasked with setting up an English language news practicum. Here, he tells us how his original idea for a student-produced English tabloid newspaper, published four days a week, was rejected and how Varsity magazine was born instead.

Greetings from Cambridge

Cindy Gu was an editor in the 2016 Fall Board. Her reporting for Varsity led to an interest in gender issues and she is now for an M.Phil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.