Archive for the ‘Editor’s Note’ Category

Information to Opinion

Information to Opinion

Living in a materialistic modern society, we believe our life is constructed by things we can see, hear and touch. Many of us are unaware of the subtle power of information which profoundly influences our mindset and perception, shaping our sense of “reality”. Ironically, thanks to advances in telecommunications and the rise of social media, […]

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Democracy in China’s Shadow

Democracy in China’s Shadow

Just before the autumn term began, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) announced its framework for the Chief Executive election in 2017. The plan was perhaps even more restrictive than had been expected and crushed the hopes of many Hong Kong people who hope to elect their own leader by universal suffrage. But instead […]

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Hong Kong’s China Fix?

Hong Kong’s China Fix?

Ever since the handover, Hong Kong’s greater economic integration with the Mainland has been touted as an engine for future growth. But in recent years, Hong Kongers have begun to view integration, especially when it extends beyond the economic realm, with suspicion. Last month, the government acknowledged reports that it had considered a proposal to […]

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For the Greater Good

For the Greater Good

We are often told it is more blessed to give than to receive. And Hong Kong people certainly live up to the saying. Hong Kongers are generous donors and enthusiastic volunteers. Last year, the city ranked in the top 20 countries and regions in the World Giving Index, with around 63 per cent of the […]

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Hong Kong’s Mental Health Woes

Hong Kong’s Mental Health Woes

Living in a cramped city, with soaring stress levels caused by work and family pressure, Hong Kongers are vulnerable to mental health issues. A survey conducted by organisers of last year’s Mental Health Month found one in three people in the city suffer from mental health problems. Hong Kong faces a growing and urgent demand […]

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Young People Speak Up

Young People Speak Up

Just over a year ago, the movement against compulsory national education in Hong Kong’s schools galvanised the city. Support for the campaign came from people in different sectors of society and of all ages. But it was the secondary school students rallying under the banner of Scholarism who attracted the most attention. Many in Hong […]

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An Uninhabitable City

An Uninhabitable City

In 2012, Hong Kong was ranked the world’s most liveable city according to the Economist’s annual liveability index. By such reckoning, Hong Kong should be a paradise for most, but whether it really is and what makes the city inhabitable brings up other questions. There are many important indicators to assess a city’s quality of […]

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A Brewing Cultural War

A Brewing Cultural War

I have lived in Hong Kong since I was born. Throughout this time, I always thought my hometown was really a diverse and intriguing place. It is home to different peoples, a city where you can hear different voices and find different cultures; and together we weave the rich tapestry that is Hong Kong. But […]

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A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home

Home is, as they say, where the heart is and this issue of Varsity begins by looking at some of the places Hong Kongers call home.

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Read On – Editor’s note

Read On – Editor’s note

Greetings from the Autumn 2012 Editorial Board! The November issue of Varsity looks at books and bodies. First off, we explore Hong Kong’s reading culture. In August, the famed bookstore and lifestyle shop Eslite opened its first branch outside of Taiwan right here in Hong Kong. Crowds immediately thronged the store and it became the […]

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