December 2017 – Labour Pains

This issue of Periscope looks at the difficulties workers face in claiming compensation for industrial accidents, at the uphill struggle to improve workplace conditions and get recognition for work-related health problems in the service industry, and at attempts by freelancers and casual workers to form unions.

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.

Chronically Overlooked

Many regulations on workplace safety and occupational diseases were drawn up when Hong Kong's economy was based on industry and manufacturing. Most workers are now employed in the service sector but activists say common work-related ailments in the service industries aren't properly acknowledged.

Unions Strike Back

Permanent, stable employment is quickly becoming a thing of the past as businesses around the world increasingly hire freelancers and casual labour. For some young people, working as freelancers in the so-called gig economy promises flexibility and freedom but some are fast discovering the flipside of casual work arrangements and are beginning to unionise.

November 2017 – Out of sight, out of mind

A rare spotlight has been shone on prison life lately, a result of so many prominent Hong Kong figures behind bars or facing prison...

Rough Justice

After years of suffering in silence, former juvenile offenders are speaking up about alleged abuse by prison officers in Hong Kong's detention centres for young offenders. They say the current complaints system for reporting cases of abuse is ineffective and lacks independence.

One Country, Two Prison Systems

Hong Kong people who are detained in the Mainland find themselves grappling with unfamiliar legal, judicial and prison systems, and with little or no help from Hong Kong authorities.

Women on the Inside

Hong Kong has the highest ratio of women as a percentage of the prison population in the world. Varsity takes a look at the plight of female prisoners, including those incarcerated with their babies and those who may be human trafficking victims.

April 2017 – Information and its Discontents

We live in a post-information revolution age where we are deluged with information and data. How we make sense and make use of this information presents complex challenges. This issue of Varsity explores some of the complex issues around information in our society today.

Files Not Found

Despite lobbying from archivists and activists, Hong Kong still doesn't have an archives law, which means the government can casually destroy documents or fail to keep records of internal communications. When it comes to researching Hong Kong's history, scholars, journalists and members of the public are forced to rely on Britain's national archives.