Posts Tagged ‘family’
Some young Hongkongers have drastically different ideas of what a family is, compared to their parents — from open relationships and having children to treating their friends as family. A Varsity survey finds Hong Kong’s political woes have put some youngsters off from having children.
With an ageing population, Hong Kong faces a shrinking workforce. The government’s latest initiative to boost the workforce and expand the pool of talent is to appeal to the children of Hongkongers who have emigrated overseas. But does the city have what it takes to attract these second generation overseas Hongkongers, or would they prefer competitor cities like Singapore?
A marriage may be between two people, but when it hits the rocks, it can affect more than just the couple involved – especially when there are children. Marriage counsellors can help couples to resolve their differences or at least their hostilities for the benefit of all parties. But as Varsity learns, services are hampered by cultural barriers and a lack of support.
Opinion polls consistently show that support for the Umbrella Movement is highest among young people who are more likely to get their news and information from social media. But what about older people? Varsity talks to some parents and working people about their views on the movement and how they get informed about it.
Hong Kong faces an aging population and a shrinking workforce, yet many women are deterred from rejoining the workforce and families put off having children, due to the lack of affordable and accessible childcare services. Varsity meets some of the mothers struggling to strike a balance between working and looking after their children.
In a little over 30 years, Katherine Lam Suet-ying’s life has taken her from the rooftop huts of Sham Shui Po to the Chinese restaurants of Florida, an American university education and a high-flying job as a banker in Hong Kong. But, inspired by new motherhood and a poverty-busting Nobel laureate, Lam has quit banking to become a social entrepreneur. She tells Varsity about her journey.
What happens when a man suddenly finds himself a lone parent? Single and working mothers have always had to juggle career and family but for many single dads, lone parenthood provides fresh challenges. And as Varsity hears, opening up emotionally and asking for help are two of the biggest difficulties
Caring for family members with mental illness can be a lonely, difficult and stressful experience. Social stigma, a lack of social support and financial pressures add to the burden for carers and leaves them vulnerable to mental health problems themselves. Here, carers share their stories of frustration and hope.
The recent dispute over the shortage of infant formula highlighted tensions between Hong Kong and the Mainland. But it also shone a light on the territory’s low breastfeeding rate. The ratio of mothers who still breastfeed their babies after six months lags behind most Asian countries and regions. As Varsity discovers, many mothers complain Hong Kong lacks a supportive environment for breastfeeding.
It can be tough being a kindergarten kid in Hong Kong. First, there is the endless round of extra-curricular interest classes, then the exhausting round of interviews for a primary school place. In the race to make sure their children get the best start in life, parents are putting themselves and their children under increasing pressure to get ahead.