The Good O days

Orientation camps at Hong Kong's universities have changed over the years. From the idyllic sixties, to the politically-charged seventies and the uncertainty over Hong Kong's future that was prevalent in the eighties - o'camps reflect the spirit of their times.

Street life or street obstruction?

The government is proposing to tighten laws on street obstruction, but critics of the plan say the authorities should accommodate local features. Varsity visits black spots for street obstruction at Mong Kok’s flower market, Temple Street and Tai Ping Shan Street.

Turning Awareness into Action

Hongkongers are reasonably aware of the need for environmental protection, but some people still throw away waste paper and recyclable takeaway containers, or leave the tap running for more than they need to. What does it take to move people from lip-service to actually protecting the environment?

Cracking the Chinese Job Market

In his most recent Policy Address, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying called on Hong Kong's young people to grab the opportunities offered by China's vast market, to go and make their fortunes there. Varsity talks to Hong Kong people working in the Mainland and asks whether greater economic integration is the only way forward for Hong Kong.

November 2012 – Read On

This issue of Varsity looks at books and reading in Hong Kong. The city is often described as a cultural and literary desert whose...

The Hidden Cost of Building a World City

The number of deaths on Hong Kong's construction sites has bucked the overall downward trend in industrial accidents across sectors in Hong Kong. But labour groups say the real number of workers killed and maimed on the job is higher than the official statistics suggest - because employers hide workplace accidents to avoid costly compensation claims.

December 2011 – Forgotten but not gone

The December 2011 issue of Varsity looks at groups and issues that were once highly visible in Hong Kong, but have since faded from...
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Transparently Unclear

Many say the Hong Kong government is becoming less transparent, and not consulting the public enough on new policies. Why the change?

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.

Hong Kong after Occupy

More than a month after police teargas at protesters and tens of thousands of people took part in the occupation of areas in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, the number of occupiers has fallen but many are still holding out to express their demand for what they see as true universal suffrage. Hong Kong's democratic journey did not begin with the Occupy Movement and it is unlikely to end once the occupiers have left the streets. Varsity asks how that journey will proceed after Occupy.

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