The Art of Protest – Politics Finds Artistic Expression in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's colourful protest culture is increasingly infused with artistic elements, just as themes of politics and protest are increasingly expressed in artworks by local artists. Varsity takes a look at Hong Kong's art of protest.

Cyclists Savour Life in the Slow-lane

Hong Kong is known for having a fast pace of life and fierce competitive streak. But not everyone is happy to participate in the rat race. Varsity meets some the Slow-mo cyclists, who have decided to literally slow down, wake up to the world around them and smell the roses.

Tea Dance waltzes into the Future

It started in the 1960's as gatherings where the young and cool went to dance, listen to the latest bands and just be seen, but the tea-dance is alive and well in 21st century Hong Kong. The world of the tea-dance is a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban Hong Kong. In dance-halls above street-level in commercial buildings, couples spend their afternoons practising their waltzes and striking poses for Latin dances.

Hidden Histories

Hongkongers are more and more interested in their own history, as we can see in the popularity of local history tours. We look at how the framing of history directly affects how Hongkongers see themselves today.

Capturing scenes from the city – the old fashioned way

In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone and digital camera, Varsity meets the artists who prefer to capture urban scenes using non-digital means.

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.

Zoroastrians in Hong Kong

Commonly referred to as the "fire-worshipping religion" in Chinese, followers of the ancient Zoroastrian faith have a long and illustrious history in Hong Kong. Yet most Hong Kongers know little about this community of business people and philanthropists whose numbers are falling. Varsity takes a look at Hong Kong's Parsees.

Sun sets on Hong Kong’s Shanghai Barber Shops

Hong Kong's barber shops used to be seen as stylish places to get the latest hairstyles and exemplary service. Now, they are seen as antiquated relics of a bygone age. Some Shanghai barbers are refusing to hang up their scissors just yet, but even they know the days of Shanghai barber shops in Hong Kong are numbered.
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The Furry Therapists

Social workers say therapy animals can help draw socially withdrawn youth out of their shells, and their bedrooms. But the idea of therapy pets is still new in Hong Kong and doesn’t have the same recognition as guide dogs for the blind.

A life outside work for Hong Kong’s Filipino helpers

Despite long working hours and low pay, the increasing number of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong find ways to enjoy a rich social life on their days off.
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