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.

Expert Dickson – Love Guru and Man of Letters

He's the nerd that everyone loves; the loveless love guru who dishes out relationship "investment" advice. Yuen Man-tai, better known as Expert Dickson is an accidental internet celebrity who would rather you think of him as a writer.

It ain’t Over when it’s Over

Rosanda Mok Ka-han was one of the long-time district councillors who lost their seats in last year's local elections. Instead of calling it a day on her 15-year political career, she's taken up the leadership of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood - and she pledges more opportunities for younger members and a tougher line on democracy.

Timothy O’Leary – Philosopher, Teacher, Defender

One of the most high profile defenders of academic freedom and university autonomy in Hong Kong is an Irish philosophy professor who arrived in Hong Kong 16 years ago, but feels a strong commitment to his home and university.

Nelson Chow’s Last Stand

The pioneer of poverty studies in Hong Kong has dedicated almost 50 years to researching social welfare and drafting policies, only to have the government turn on him and brand him as “not a serious academic.” He tells Varsity how the government has given a lop-sided view of his universal pension plan.

On Top of Her Game

Eastern’s Chan Yuen-ting sacrificed her studies in pursuit of football, and now she’s both the youngest head coach, and the first female head coach of a top-tier local team.

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.

The Word Warrior

Writer-critic Tang Siu-wa explains why she has stopped sparring with words and promotes literature instead.

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.

The People’s Lawyer

Jeffrey Tam Chun-kit wanted to be a politician so he could help bring democracy to Hong Kong but his mother persuaded him to choose law instead. Now, the Oxford-trained lawyer from a Tuen Mun housing estate is a barrister known for defending pro-democracy causes and activists.

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