Living in Limbo

Most people associate refugees and asylum-seekers in Hong Kong with the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese boat people who sought safety here. But there are currently hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who in Hong Kong who have fled conflict and persecution back home. Varsity hears about their struggles under the government's current refugee policy.

November 2011 – Orienting Orientation

A closer look at orientation camps, or o'camps in Hong Kong's Universities

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.

What’s Wrong with O’camp?

Negative reports about o'camp activities regularly make the headlines in Hong Kong newspapers. What lies behind the media fascination and what do students themselves think of the so-called 'offensive' games in o'camps?

Orientation Week, Hong Kong Style

Varsity takes a look at o'camp with Hong Kong characteristics and look at how orientation activities on Hong Kong campuses compare with those overseas.

April 2011-Hong Kong Identities in Flux

Hong Kong is a city with a rich history and multiple identities. In this issue of Varsity we take a look at some of...

Hong Kong Losing its Sheen for Mainlanders

The streets of Hong Kong were once seen as paved with gold for new migrants from the mainland. But today's new arrivals are as likely to be coming here for family reasons as to make a better living. Once, mainland immigrants used to try hard to become Hongkongers by learning Cantonese, imitating locals' behavior. Now, they stress they are Chinese.

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.

Learning Chinese Identity: national education in Hong Kong schools

What is national education? Is it teaching students how to salute and raise flags? Should it be producing proud Chinese nationals or critical citizens? Scholars, media representatives and students are concerned that the government's unequal funding may lead to the the dominance of pro-China, one-sided national education in Hong Kong.

March 2011 – Dissecting DSS

Varsity explores issues surrounding Hong Kong's Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools. Do they provide value for money? Is it harder for poorer students to get into elite schools under the DSS scheme? We also hear from teachers who face pressure from parents of students at DSS schools.