Baton Charge

She's young, she's determined and she's taking charge. Hongkonger Vivian Ip Wing-wun is the first woman to be appointed as assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

One best shot: Vincent Yu

Internationally acclaimed Hong Kong photojournalist Vincent Yu on taking "one best shot" for every story and running his Upper Station Gallery.

From Class Time to Screen Time

Film professor, critic and actor Sean Tierney knows more about Hong Kong movies than most locals. Here's how he fell in love with local films - and how he ended up being in them too.

Belated Acclaim for Veteran Actor

Leung Kin-ping never set out to be an actor, then he spent 30 years in supporting roles at TVB and now the hit movie Ten Years has finally made him a star.

A Travelling Soul – Vicky Fung

Versatile musician Vicky Fung has bounced back onto the music scene after coming to terms with and finding meaning in her son's autism. The singer-songwriter has also branched out by opening a live-house, founding a music funding platform and nurturing young artists.

The First Lady of Hong Kong Television

Anchor, voice-actor, day-time TV presenter, sitcom star - Lily Leung Seun-yin has been all of those in a 56 year career. She is known as the First Lady of Hong Kong Television because she has been on our screens for as long as there has been television in Hong Kong. Here, she shares her professional triumphs and personal trials with Varsity.

Grenville Cross – Still Vocal After All These Years

Grenville Cross may have retired from his role as Director of Public Prosecutions but he hasn't done so quietly. Cross tells Varsity about his long career as a prosecutor and his hopes for a more efficient, transparent and independent prosecution system.

Sowing the Seeds of Voluntourism

Bird Tang Wai-wing founded the voluntourism NGO VolTra in the hope that youngsters in Hong Kong can learn more about the world by working on grassroots projects around the world. But he insists projects must be based on local needs rather than on what volunteers hope to gain from the experience.

Running into the Light

Kim Mok Kim-ming lost his sight as a teenager. But instead of letting his blindness hinder his life, Mok has become a trailblazer for the blind in the fields of information technology, social work and athletics. Next, he plans to take on the 100 kilometre hike, Trailwalker. Varsity catches up with the 'Fearless Dragon'.

Why So Serious?

Patrick Dunn has been an accountant, a disc jockey, a TV presenter and a part-time soldier. He's also a qualified pilot and certified diver. It sounds like a classic profile for a striver. But here, the Buzz Lightyear lookalike explains his laid-back attitude to life makes him the opposite of a determined over-achiever.

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Calling for More Tree Surgeons

Urban trees are an integral part of Hong Kong’s cityscape but there aren’t enough trained tree experts to manage and take care of them. The government and education sector are trying to change that, but for now working conditions are keeping newcomers away.

The Digital Divide

Varsity meets two groups of people who are challenged technologically - residents in remote villages and the elderly - to understand their sufferings and hopes.

Dining with Barriers

Wheelchair users share their experiences of dining out and tell us how well-equiped local restaurants are to serving people with disabilities.