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Too Bright at Night

Residents and district councillors from areas most affected by light pollution tell Varsity that the voluntary Charter on External Lighting implemented in 2016 is not doing much to ease the problem.
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Trash or Treasure?

Environmentalists who have lost faith in the government's recycling system have come up with their own solution - setting up community resources sharing centres, where people can pass on items they no longer use to other people.

Other Ways to Learn

Many Hong Kong parents believe that giving their kids the best start in life means pushing them to study more and to learn earlier. However, some parents are adopting other learning approaches. Varsity chats with these parents and their children’s teachers to learn about their reasons for pursuing ‘unconventional’ pre-school education.

Should Buskers be Licensed and Regulated?

Street performers tell Varsity about their thoughts on the current schemes regulating buskers in Hong Kong - would a licensing system help, or would it impose too many limitations?

Humanoid Robots – The New Servants in Our Modern Life

Robots have long been used in industry and manufacturing, but now, humanoid robots are being used to serve people in commercial and even domestic settings. Will these friendly robots one day replace us in the service industry as well?

Bridging the Generation Gap

The generation gap between the elderly and the young is often highlighted on social media and in the mainstream media. But while conflicts might be inevitable, resolving them is not impossible. Though they may harbour biases towards each other, the old and the young can take the initiative to respect and understand one another.

Eye Health of the iGeneration

On buses, trains and in restaurants, young children can be seen playing on smartphones while their parents are otherwise engaged. Varsity meets up with parents, experts and an app developer to explore how technology affects children’s eye health.

Life with an Extra Chromosome

A new non-invasive test for Down Syndrome in foetuses is safer and more accurate, and may some day wipe out the genetic disorder. Varsity chats with some members of the Downs community to find they live rich, meaningful lives and contribute fully in their workplaces.

Where Will They Go? To Kwa Wan’s Ethnic Minorities, Repair Shops and Workshops

Redevelopment in To Kwa Wan is affecting many of its residents, including ethnic minorities and small shop owners. Varsity chats with these communities to see how they feel about the changes. Our map feature also show the various areas that are affected by redevelopment.

A Blow to Social Enterprises

There are an increasing number of social enterprises in Hong Kong, but a new tender system for rental contracts has made it harder than ever for social enterprises to compete.

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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.

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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.