Hong Kong Kongish new kind of English

Do you speak Kongish ar?

People in Hong Kong use "Kongish," a new kind of Hong Kong-style English, and there's even a Facebook page celebrating this unique way of communicating. Some say that it's not just a kind of short hand; it's a way for Hongkongers to express their identity.

A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.

Collecting Childhood Memories

It's not just the faces of children that will light up when they unwrap toys this Christmas. Varsity meets the adults whose passion is to collect old toys. For them, the toys are not just mere objects for play but the key to childhood and collective memories.

The Feng Shui Hobbyists

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practise with a very contemporary following. And you don't have to be a professional to use feng shui principles to try to turn your life around in a better direction. Varsity meets the feng shui hobbyists.

Leading the Way

Guide dogs for the blind are making a comeback in Hong Kong. Two groups are training a new generation of guide-dogs by enlisting the help of "puppy walkers" who help young dogs learn how to socialise with humans and navigate around the city. Varsity finds out what it takes for a puppy to become a guide dog.

Humour out of Chaos

Hong Kong has a long tradition of poking fun at society through satire; now political satire is everywhere in light of events like Occupy Central and Hong Kong’s fraught relations with China, to the point where a spoof awards show can pack Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

It’s a RAP!

They have roots in the Philippines, India and Brazil but they are all Hong Kongers, and they are rapping about life in the city. Varsity meets members of the multicultural hip hop outfit Dope Boy and hear how rap helps them to break down cultural barriers

Cycling: Not just for fun

Cycling in Hong Kong is more than a hobby, it's also a lifestyle choice. Varsity meets competitive child cycle racers and commuters who battle Hong Kong's traffic-choked roads to cycle to work. By Liz Yuen

Naked Sanctuary

Complete nudity in public is outlawed in Hong Kong but local nudists have been quietly sun-bathing in the more remote beaches of the territory. For them, nudism is about getting back to basics, being closer to nature and finding a refuge from the superficiality of modern city life.

Inside Out

Hong Kong's young people lead hectic lives - stressing out about how to maintain a balance between study, work and family. Recent political tensions have only made matters worse. Many are turning to mindfulness and meditation to provide relief, insight and inner peace.
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