Posts Tagged ‘poverty’
The word ‘hunger’ seems out of place in affluent Hong Kong, but research shows many low-income households in the city struggle to get a decent diet. One study found that 40,000 people can’t afford to eat three meals a day.
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.
For some, they are like squalid shanty towns. For others, they are rooftop sanctuaries – a home to call one’s own. But one thing they share, is that residents of Hong Kong’s illegal rooftop huts face an uncertain future in the face of redevelopment and eviction. Varsity captures scenes from life at the top.
The rising cost of food in Hong Kong has hit its poorest the hardest. Increasingly, people on low incomes are turning to food banks to help fulfill their basic needs. But these food banks face operational restrictions, particularly those who that are subsidized by the government.
December’s Periscope looks at poverty in Hong Kong: Young and Poor: poor youth face uncertain future Working More for Less: Hong Kong’s working poor struggle to stay above the breadline Lacklustre Golden Years: what can the city do when one out of three of the elderly is now living in poverty?
Reporters: Katherine Chan and Melanie Leung With a cap pulled over his head and a pair of black-rimmed glasses, 22-year-old Jay looks like a typical Hong Kong youngster. His eyes are glazed over with fatigue – not because of endless hours spent playing computer games but from long hours of work, day in, day out. […]
Reporters: Edith Liu and Rebecca Wong The best money saving advice may not come from financial planners, but from the 290,000 elderly people who are now living in poverty in Hong Kong. They sit idly in the park, leaving their home appliances switched off to avoid steep electricity bills. They visit the markets at sunset […]
Reporters: Andrew Choi Tsz-hong and Piano Ho On a typical work day, 50-year old Tsoi Wai-man wakes up at around 5 a.m., gets ready and walks to the office to start his shift as a security guard at 6.45 a.m. The shift is supposed to end at 7 p.m. but he often ends up staying […]