Substandard and dehumanising rehabilitation services in Hong Kong

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #7] In the midst of all merry December festivities, it may not be on one’s radar that behind the closed doors of what is supposed to be a home of love, care and protection – the most vulnerable in society are living in a home that fosters sexual assaults and mental abuse. Such injustices were only brought to light recently. The case of the Bridge of Rehabilitation nursing home’s superintendent Cheung King-wah being accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a mentally ill resident. What is most alarming is not simply the court’s decision to absolve Cheung of...
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Homeless in London

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #6] Homeless people. We inevitably pass one, if not numerous of them each time we walk the streets of London. Yet, it is precisely this ‘them’ and ‘us’ mentality which we should refrain from adopting. This way of thinking leads us to mistakenly believe that our deliberate ignorance of their struggles is justified. In contrast to the average life expectancy of 81 years for the average citizen in the UK, this section of society has a life expectancy of 47 years. What’s more, they are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime than...
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Media distortion on current events and news

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #5] The Problem on Education and the Academic Pressure on Students in Hong Kong In March 2016, there were more than 6 student suicides within a period of 6 days. All cases involved individuals aged 11—21 and has risen shockingly to 24 deaths between Sep 2015 to March 2016. Over 20 of these incidents have claimed to be because of too much pressure from academics. From this, we can see that in the modern age, the Education System in Hong Kong is worrying. "Robotic teaching" is a common term amongst most secondary schools in Hong Kong – teachers forcing...
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The Problem on Education and the Academic Pressure on Students in Hong Kong

In March 2016, there were more than 6 student suicides within a period of 6 days. All cases involved individuals aged 11—21 and has risen shockingly to 24 deaths between Sep 2015 to March 2016. Over 20 of these incidents have claimed to be because of too much pressure from academics. From this, we can see that in the modern age, the Education System in Hong Kong is worrying. "Robotic teaching" is a common term amongst most secondary schools in Hong Kong – teachers forcing students to understand concepts without giving explanations throughout the lesson. It is as if what only...
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Artificial Intelligence: the limitless possibilities, both good and bad

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #3] The immediate reaction the term 'artificial intelligence' conjures up in all of us depends on the type of films we grew up watching. On the one hand, we have the helpful, lovable, and endearing droids from Star Wars such as R2-D2, and on the other, we have the apocalyptic dystopian death machines of Terminator. A closer inspection of the two depictions reveals the two extremes of people's projections about the future of artificial intelligence: our helpful servants, or a serious problem that will come to bite us in the ass a hundred years down the line. There...
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The Execution of Farmer Jia Jinglong

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #2] Jia Jinglong, a Chinese farmer aged 30, was executed on Tuesday, after he’d been convicted of killing a village official since his home was mandatory dismantled. In the past few months, the public has shown a sympathy towards the farmer, seeing this as another government snub against the vulnerable group. The government has proposed a new property development scheme, and the surrounding buildings in the estate Mr Jia is living in have to be knocked down. Mr Jia’s father has agreed on the compensation and a new apartment promised by the government in exchange, but Mr Jia...
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Where law is redundant. At home.

[KCLPASS Columns 2016-2017 Issue #1] In midst of the complications and business of the streets of Hong Kong, there are those we see as ‘foreigners’ – the ones under loads of school bags or carrying many groceries supported by their rather small figures. These people are the domestic helper of thousands of families in Hong Kong. While their services are not cheap, the idea of a full time helper in the household is very appealing to the people of Hong Kong – individuals with packed schedules do not have time for house cleaning or taking care of their family on a...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #14 – Hong Kong’s potential ‘Paired Exchange Kidney Transplant Scheme’

The chances of finding a donor kidney in Hong Kong is less than 5%. So as to say that if none of your family or friends have the same blood type compatibility, the chances of you surviving is close to none. However, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority has been looking into ‘paired donor exchange systems’ to tackle this blood type incompatibility. Especially in Asia, deceased donor transplants are unpopular. This has resulted to live donors insisting on saving their loved ones, even with ABO incompatibility, usually with unsuccessful outcomes. The first donor exchange systems were set up in 1980s in attempt to...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #13 – How the Chinese New Year Began

CLOCKS struck 12 and the evil genii of violence and anarchy was set loose from the Pandora’s Box. Fires were erupted, shots were fired and bricks were thrown – the streets of Mong Kok descended into chaos on the first day of the Year of the Monkey. So what exactly happened? THE FACTS: Unlicensed vendors had enjoyed a decades–long tradition of being on the streets during the first few days of the Lunar New Year. Knowing that the government were to regulate this illegal and unlicensed vending this year, radical ‘localists’ used this as an outlet to vent their grievances towards...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #12 – “Hong Kong’s disappearing bookseller – Lee Bo”

Controversial Hong Kong booksellers who specialises in reading materials that make critical analysis on the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing. There is growing suspicion that they have been detained in mainland China. Lee Bo, is the fifteen person linked to the book shop to go missing in the past two months. Some criticisers believed the Chinese security officers kidnapped the five publishing company employees, possibly because of a planned book about the former love life of President XI Jinping. On the 5th January, Lee Po’s wife has withdrawn her request for police to help find him saying he has been in...
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