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.

Santa Mario’s Magic Kingdom

As Marco Ko, he is a keeper of the Magical Kingdom - a social enterprise that brings magic to school-children and the elderly. As Santa Mario, he won third place for Hong Kong at an annual Santa Claus competition in Sweden last year. This holiday season, the unlikely Santa tells us we could all do with believing a bit in magic.

Staging Hearts and Minds

Actor Chan Cho-kin had a career in theatre and music ahead of him, until an injury forced him to reassess his life goals. Now, he uses drama to educate and to help others heal.

Let it be, says Singing Doctor

Dr David Lee Ka-yan, who shot to fame as the singer of Siu Ming Visits Guangzhou says he doesn't know how long his time in the spotlight will last. But he is enjoying every minute of it and doesn't believe in thinking too far ahead. Varsity finds out what makes him tick.

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.

Fermi Wong stands against racism, for Hong Kong

Earlier this year, Hong Kong's best known campaigner for the rights of ethnic minorities, Fermi Wong, stepped down from Unison, the organisation she co-founded and ran for 16 years, and threw herself into the Umbrella Movement. Here, she tells Varsity about her childhood in Fujian, her first days in Hong Kong and her hopes for the city she loves.

The Gentle Rebel

Chang Tieh-chi may not look like a Rock 'n'Roll rebel but beneath the calm exterior of the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong's iconic "City Magazine" beats the heart of a former student activist who still wants to change the world. Varsity finds out what makes him tick.

An Unlikely Activist

She dropped out of school at 14, became a receptionist and then a full-time mother. But Vivian Leung Tai Yuet-kam has many more roles than that. She founded the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group and the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers' Association and is also a part-time farmer. Varsity finds out what drives her.
Chef Vicky Lau Wan-ki

Stepping up to the Plate

Chef Vicky Lau Wan-ki is the first female chef to own a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, and she's also been named Asia's best female chef. But the 35-year-old owner of the Tate Dining Room and Bar took an unusual path to success; she has a background in design and graphic communications.

An Independent Life

Cheung Kuan-tue, 92, looks back on her brief marriage, a war, and decades of domestic service as an amah or “mahjeh” in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

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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.