Crowdfunding, already popular overseas, is making inroads in Hong Kong as a way to raise money for charities, artists, filmmakers, programmers, entrepreneurs and others interested in creative projects. But can it really succeed here? Varsity talks to people who have managed to fund their projects through clicks on the internet.
Attracted by routes that take them through city centres and past scenic sights, more and more Hong Kong runners are participating in overseas marathons.
Not all singers perform for fame and fortune. Demo singers are unknown and usually uncredited, yet they are often the first artists to interpret and and record a song. While backing singers provide the harmonies that can complete and elevate an arrangement. Varsity lifts the veil on these unsung heroes of the music industry.
Lego has been a popular toy for generations of children. Its manufacturer and fans say the bricks encourage creativity. But more and more Lego products are now theme and even gender specific – some are based on blockbuster entertainment franchises. Does this hinder children’s creativity?
Many of the Korean restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui seem very authentic, down to the servers. That’s because a lot of them are young Koreans here on a working holiday, and the number of people coming to Hong Kong on working holiday visas has gone up drastically in recent years.
The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.
Hong Kong's young people lead hectic lives - stressing out about how to maintain a balance between study, work and family. Recent political tensions have only made matters worse. Many are turning to mindfulness and meditation to provide relief, insight and inner peace.
It's not just the faces of children that will light up when they unwrap toys this Christmas. Varsity meets the adults whose passion is to collect old toys. For them, the toys are not just mere objects for play but the key to childhood and collective memories.
If Hong Kong's local cultural identity has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years, then Yau Ma Tei is central in the revival. The area has long been known for its authentic yet low-key local flavour. This has attracted an influx of cultural workers and artists who are inspired by the sense of community in the neighbourhood.
When others bunker down with instant noodles and television updates at home, Hong Kong's weather geeks put on their waterproof clothing, grab their wind meters and rush out to chase the storm. But there is also more to metereology than just typhoons. Varsity meets the amateur meteorologists who form Hong Kong's weather underground.