Posts Tagged ‘community’
Tucked away behind the busy streets of Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong’s last professional letter-writers ply a trade that has existed in Hong Kong for more than a hundred years. Their heyday was during colonial times, when many hired their English translation and writing services. The field is in decline now, but the letter writers say they’ll keep on writing.
With the spread of the internet, newspapers around the world are suffering from falling advertising revenues and shrinking circulations. District newspapers, which were once an important source of local news and information in Hong Kong had nearly all disappeared by the end of the 1980s. But a renewed interest in community and neighbourhood in community in the city has led to revival of district papers. Varsity meets the people behind them.
Pollution, the high cost of property and living expenses, political discord – all are push factors for young people in Hong Kong who dream of emigrating to what they believe may be greener pastures overseas. A Varsity poll found that more than half of Hong Kong university students surveyed would like to emigrate. Here, we talk to those who want to leave, those who have left and those who have come back.
Arranged marriage may seem like an anomaly in a society saturated by images and stories of love, romance and dream weddings. But for many members of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities, arranged marriage is a cultural norm and an accepted fact of life. Varsity listens to their stories.
From a seemingly spontaneous mass performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in Mong Kok, to an apparently aimless pillow fight in Central, to a mass gathering to call for the elimination of violence against women – flash mobs have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Varsity finds out how something that started as a sarcastic commentary on urban hipsters turned into a way to connect people and raise social awareness.
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.
Pong Yat-ming’s one-man campaign to spend a year living without patronising Hong Kong’s big conglomerates has ended. But the activist tells Varsity the crusade has already become part of his everyday life.
Hear the real-life stories of living ‘books’ at Hong Kong’s Human Library events.
Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese bakeries stay the course despite fierce competition
Hong Kong’s remaining walled villages are an important part of the territory’s heritage and history. But should the desire for preservation trump villagers’ wishes to redevelop their homes?