Posts Tagged ‘community’
The pioneer of poverty studies in Hong Kong has dedicated almost 50 years to researching social welfare and drafting policies, only to have the government turn on him and brand him as “not a serious academic.” He tells Varsity how the government has given a lop-sided view of his universal pension plan.
District councils are meant to serve residents, but in reality they can be out of touch with the public or lack the power to bring meaningful change. Some residents are taking matters into their own hands and forming their own groups to get things done.
Each district has its own sports and recreational facilities, but what they have may not be what they need. Districts with ageing population don’t have much for the elderly, whereas others have gateball courts that are only used 40 per cent of the time.
More and more people are taking to running in Hong Kong and they’re doing it to meet friends and experience Hong Kong’s neighbourhoods, not just to keep fit.
Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street’s vendors about how they see their future.
In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone and digital camera, Varsity meets the artists who prefer to capture urban scenes using non-digital means.
Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s best known campaigner for the rights of ethnic minorities, Fermi Wong, stepped down from Unison, the organisation she co-founded and ran for 16 years, and threw herself into the Umbrella Movement. Here, she tells Varsity about her childhood in Fujian, her first days in Hong Kong and her hopes for the city she loves.
Wah Fu Estate, with its ocean views, spectacular sunsets, fresh sea breezes and a Pok Fu Lam address, is not a luxury residential complex but a public housing estate with 18 concrete blocks. When it welcomed its first low-income residents in 1967, the area was a remote backwater. Now with land scarce and housing in short supply, Wah Fu faces what some consider to be long-overdue revelopment. Still, many residents will miss the old days and the ties that bind in this old Hong Kong community.
Commonly referred to as the “fire-worshipping religion” in Chinese, followers of the ancient Zoroastrian faith have a long and illustrious history in Hong Kong. Yet most Hong Kongers know little about this community of business people and philanthropists whose numbers are falling. Varsity takes a look at Hong Kong’s Parsees.
Yim Tin Tsai is a village on an island off Sai Kung with a rich Hakka and Catholic history, which was left abandoned for decades. Now, plans are afoot to revive the village and to replace the long neglected salt pans to produce salt, once the mainstay of the village economy.