Living with a Stoma

With support and some adjustments, people with stomas can lead full and active lives. but in Hong Kong those who have to use ostomy bags to collect their bodily waste often face ignorance, stigma and financial pressures in their everyday lives.

Workplace Woes

Bullying is rampant in Hong Kong workplaces but as Varsity discovers, it's not recognised by the law, few companies have policies on it and few victims report it.

Stopping Superbugs on the Farm

As the excessive use of antibiotics leads to greater resistance and the spread of so-called superbugs, public health experts have identified the use of the drugs in livestock farming as a major problem. Varsity looks at the situation in Hong Kong.

Accommodating Anchor Children

While some mainland parents with Hong Kong-born children - also known as anchor children - have their kids make the lengthy cross-boundary commute to schools in Hong Kong, others choose to have their kids live here. Varsity takes a look at private fostering services catering to anchor children and agencies that specialise in getting student visas as a pretext for parents to look after their anchor children in Hong Kong.

A Closed Book

Earlier this year, the Ombudsman called the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to task for throwing away hundreds of thousands of books and other printed items from public libraries, instead of donating them. With ever increasing purchases and falling lending rates, is it time to rethink how our public libraries are stocked and run?

Wheelchair Travel Woes

Getting around Hong Kong is easy with its and efficient and widespread public transport network. But for people who use wheelchairs, seemingly straightforward journeys take on additional challenges.

K-Wave on Campus

The number of South Korean students in Hong Kong's universities has more than doubled in the past five years. Varsity learns that rankings, Hong Kong popular culture and the China factor are among the draws bringing them to Hong Kong's campuses.

When No One Calls it Rape

Current Hong Kong law dictates that men cannot be raped and Hong Kong society tends to think men cannot be victims of sexual abuse. The Law Reform Commission has published proposals to introduce a gender neutral approach to rape and other non-consensual sex offences, but so far there's been little progress on legislation.

Special Needs Children Await Adoption

Most of the children waiting to be adopted in Hong Kong are children with special needs, but few local families seem to be willing to take on the responsibilities of caring for a child with disabilities.

Children come first?

Proposed amendments to current family law seek to encourage divorced couples to co-parent. While it might be good for the children to keep both parents in their lives, victims of domestic violence fear their abuse will continue under co-parenting provisions.
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