Caught Off-guard

Hong Kong's public housing estates have mostly shed their shady image from the 1980s and security has improved since CCTV, intercom systems and password operated doors were installed in the 1990s. But as Varsity discovers, lax visitor registration may be compromising safety.

Living and Learning in Parallel

Hong Kong's universities are pursuing internationalisation to attract students from around the globe and to boost their standing in world rankings. But some international students are disappointed when they get here and discover they are living in 'parallel' campuses to local students.

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.