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.

Weighing Cost and Quality

DSS schools get to receive government subsidies and charge students' fees, so they have the resources to provide better facilities and teaching environment. Does this mean they are necessarily better? By Gavin Li and Joana U

Parents Conquer All

Parents are increasingly being seen as customers as education becomes more market-oriented. Some teachers in DSS schools believe this has led to greater pressure on teachers from pushy parents. By Billy Leung and Amy Leung

Boosting the Best or Perpetuating Privilege?

As more and more of Hong Kong's elite schools opt to join the DSS system, they will get to charge fees and pick Hong Kong's best students. Does this mean it will be harder for poorer students to get into the city's top schools? By Raymond Tse and John Yip

Without a Penny

December's Periscope looks at poverty in Hong Kong: Young and Poor: poor youth face uncertain future Working More for Less: Hong Kong's working poor struggle to...