Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #7 – “Hong Kong-ers vs Mainlanders”

With the increase of anti-China sentiments within the rising generation, more and more people are identifying themselves as “Hong Kong-ers”, as a way of distinguishing themselves from the “Chinese”. It would appear that people from Hong Kong like to make this distinction as a means to separate themselves from those pesky, uncultured, but rich mainlanders, who seek to reek havoc all over the globe by buying truckloads of baby formula, Louis Vuitton handbags and Omega watches. I have also had friends from the UK that have made the unforgivable mistake of calling someone from Hong Kong “Chinese”, which resulted in what...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #6

Hong Kong has a serious solid waste problem. In 2011, Hong Kongers threw away 13,458 tonnes of rubbish a day. The daily domestic waste generation amount per capita in Hong Kong, at 1.36 kg in 2011, is higher than the figures in Taipei city (1.00kg), Seoul(0.95 kg) and Tokyo(0.77kg). These figures reflect the severity of Hong Kong’s domestic waste generation. Despite these concerning figures, the government has not been taking enough steps to relieve the solid waste problem. In the past years, the government relied on policies pertaining to the expansion of the existing landfills. Earlier this year, the government passed a bill...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #5

‘Are you guilty of being part of this - the digital world where we are heard but not seen?’ I have been a die-hard fan for Japanese manga for years now and if I could find the time to, I can stay in my room for hours and hours watching them. Nowadays, with Youtube, things got worse for me, I have started subscribing to beauty channels, cover singers etc. Every time I go onto Youtube, I click onto one video telling myself: Alright, I will ACTUALLY start my reading after this one, but then I always somehow happen to find ‘THE...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #4

Interview skills, polishing our CVs and the anxiety before receiving news that could determine your future, are concepts that most university students know all too well. However, with the growing pressures of our quickly advancing society and the importance put on academic performance in Hong Kong, children under the age of three are now being trained for kindergarten interviews. The people of Hong Kong have always thrived off being prepared and being efficient, an attitude that is reflected almost all activity in the city. This includes parenting, where parents plan for their children’s life, especially education, before birth. Parents genuinely believe...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #3 – The Ageing population in Hong Kong

Fuelled by years of medical advances and improvements in education standards for women, in addition to late marriages and high housing costs, Hong Kong has a comparatively accelerated aging population. In 20 years’ time, one in every four Hong Kong residents will be 65 years old or above. Thus the aging trend is becoming a major concern in Hong Kong as a result of extended life expectancy. However, there is still not enough awareness of this subject. To many people, the aging issue seems to be the problem of the government – lack of long term, coordinated planning and policies...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #2 – Are We Being too Harsh on Our Children?

“What is 547 divided by 5?” “What is the sum of 363 - (163 - 104)?” After a summer with beach days, binge watching television dramas in bed and endless naps, these mental Maths questions may seem rather daunting. Given that Mathematics is not a requirement for your university degree, the end of high school signified a farewell to long division and BODMAS. Although we may have only come into contact with these types of questions in Year 7 - 9, Primary Three students from government-funded schools in Hong Kong face challenging Maths, English and Chinese questions of this calibre throughout...
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