Parents Opt for English

Meet the local Cantonese-speaking parents who will only speak to their children. They say they want their kids to have a head-start. But experts tell Varsity kids have more to gain from a multilingual environment.

Putonghua – a better way to learn?

As more and more schools teach Chinese in Putonghua, teachers, parents and students tell Varsity whether they think it's a better way to learn.

Not So Open Data

Hong Kong currently ranks 37 among 97 countries in the Open Data Index but the city has set ambitious goals to be 'smarter'. But without legislating for access to information, and without providing data in friendlier fomats, those ambitions will be hard to realise, say open data advocates.

Christians at the Crossroads

A recent mass prayer gathering to oppose any consultation on legislation to outlaw discrimination against gays has sparked discussion about the participation of Hong Kong's evangelical Christians in politics and social affairs. It also highlighted the growing gulf between evangelical and liberal Christians on social issues such as gay rights and political reform. Are we witnessing the beginning of a culture war?

EIA: an Imperfect Assessment

Large scale development projects need Environmental Impact Assessment reports, which are supposed to measure how much the projects would the environment and the wildlife living there. But many people say the process is deeply flawed, including conflicts of interest where a developer can hire one of their own branches to do the assessment.

Overseas Physicians Best Medicine for Doctors’s Shortage?

Plans to allow overseas-qualified doctors to work in Hong Kong's public hospitals under a limited registration system have come under fire from local doctors' groups who say the scheme could affect the quality of medical care provided. The critics are unhappy doctors under the scheme will be exempted from taking a licensing exam.

The Shifting Middle

Opinion polls consistently show that support for the Umbrella Movement is highest among young people who are more likely to get their news and information from social media. But what about older people? Varsity talks to some parents and working people about their views on the movement and how they get informed about it.
Co-working space in Hong Kong

Brave New Work

More and more young people in Hong Kong are freelancing or starting their own businesses rather than working for a company. But the freedom of doing what you love for a living and being your own boss comes with its own set of pitfalls.

Locals Who Are Not Considered Local: Hong Kong’s South Asians

Many of Hong Kong's South Asian residents were born and raised here. They have adopted very local styles of living and are unfamiliar with their ancestral countries. But the definition of what constitutes a local held by most Hong Kong Chinese means they remain outsiders.

Professionals Get Political

With stable jobs and incomes, professionals tend to keep quiet when it comes to politics. But in recent years, more professionals have been willing to speak out to safeguard the city’s core values. Some pan-democratic professionals have set up new platforms to gather like-minded peers to advocate for democracy within their sectors.

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Too Many International School Places

It is a misconception that Hong Kong doesn’t have enough international school places. In fact, there are too many, says Ruth Benny from Top Schools.

Eating with Caution

With 8 per cent of Hong Kong children suffering from allergies, many parents avoid giving their kids many types of food. Varsity explores why this may not be a good measure and how some allergy tests available in the market are actually useless.

Telling Hong Kong’s Story

The mainland Chinese government is in charge of Hong Kong's foreign affairs, but some Hongkongers think their views are not being represented and have taken on "civic diplomacy" to tell the world about Hong Kong, through organising city tours, as well as musical performances and protests abroad.