A Philosopher Rapper

Mastamic, who is best known for his annual Rap Up series, shares how he became a rapper, and how Hongkongers are still failing to appreciate local hip-hop culture.

Square Peg in a Round Hole

How high school dropout Cesar Harada ended up building robots to clean up oil spills, travelling around the world and starting Makerbay in Hong Kong.

The Activist Journalist

Young and fearless, Zhao Sile is a feminist, human rights activist and journalist. She tells Varsity about the ups and downs of her career and how she persists in writing stories about controversial subjects in face of adversity.

Viva la Diva!

Known for her deep and emotive voice and iconic costumes, Cantopop legend Paula Tsui Siu-fung looks back on her 40-year singing career and shares her views on the music industry, as well as her unexpected popularity among young people.

Suzanne Wu Bows Out to Fight Again

Labour party chairwoman and workers' rights advocate Suzanne Wu Sui-shan says the decision to quit the Legislative Council race in September was "political suicide". She tells Varsity why she did it anyway and why she'll run again.

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.

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