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If I Had a Hammer

If I Had a Hammer

Hidden among the car repair shops in To Kwa Wan is this little warehouse where you can learn about carpentry.

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Pups on Board

Pups on Board

Want to take your pet out for a trip but don’t have a car? 99Bus may be your solution.

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March 2017 – Twenty Years Later

March 2017 – Twenty Years Later

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. That was the year in which most of the reporters working on this issue of Varsity were born. In Periscope, we take a look back on some of the issues that have shaped Hong Kong in the past 20 years.

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Divided families, divided identities

Divided families, divided identities

On the first working day after the handover on July 1st 1997, the mainland-born children of Hong Kong permanent residents lined up to claim residency rights under Article 24 of the Basic Law, kicking off a years-long struggle known as the right of abode saga. The impact of the legal battles and discourse over mainland new arrivals affect us even today.

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Mind your language!

Mind your language!

In 1997, the government announced a dramatic shift in education policy, replacing English with Chinese as the medium of instruction in Hong Kong schools. Not long afterwards it said it was making the teaching of Chinese in Putonghua a long-term goal. These were just some of the big education reforms that have been instituted in the last 20 years, which have left teachers scrambling to adapt and keep up, and students struggling under heavy workloads.

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Losing Hongkongers’ Hearts

Losing Hongkongers’ Hearts

Hongkonger’s sense of identity and the extent to which they consider themselves to be Chinese have changed in the 20 years since the handover. We talk to those born at pivotal moments in Hong Kong’s recent history – 1967, 1984 and 1997 – and ask how the experiences of their formative years have affected how they see China.

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Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Lesser Evil

Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Lesser Evil

“Lesser evil” refers to supporting a less undesirable pro-establishment candidate in the small-circle Chief Executive election.

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Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

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Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Thunderbolt Rescuers

Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Thunderbolt Rescuers
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Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Kingmaker

Chief Executive Election 2017 Terminology – Kingmaker

When pro-democracy candidates won an unprecedented 327 seats on the 1200 member Election Committee,  some commentators started to discuss whether the group – making up more than a quarter of the body that nominates and elects the Chief Executive – could act as a “kingmaker”. What does this mean?

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