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 On the 5th January, Lee Po’s wife has withdrawn her request for police to help find him saying he has been in...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #11 – The ‘Miracle’ of Snow

On the 24th January 2016, Hong Kong experienced the third lowest temperature ever recorded in its history. Residents whom are familiar with the subtropical climate of the city woke up to the coldest morning in 59 years. Weather forecasts predicted snowfall in Hong Kong, which is itself a novelty for many locals. Despite reminders from the government to “avoid prolonged exposure to wintry winds”; many Hong Kongers braved the cold to hike up Tai Mo Shan, the highest mountain of Hong Kong, and other high grounds to get a glimpse of the white shroud upon the city. All of this for...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #10 “Internet Article 23”

The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 has been an issue of great contention as of late. The bill was introduced in 2009, and is aimed to update Hong Kong’s copyright regime and to ensure it keeps pace with technological and overseas development. It seeks to extend protection of copyright owners on the Internet, allowing for stricter regulation on Internet infringement. However, even those who are in favour of greater copyright protection online are worried that the bill will affect the everyday activities of the average Internet user. For example, the bill could limit the creation and distribution of derivative works. This includes...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #9 – ‘Hong Kong’s Tourist Overpopulation Problem’

If you have experienced the hustle and bustle of MongKok on a weekend, insane queues at Ocean Park or Disneyland, lined up for ages outside luxury branded shops just to enter, then you should know what I mean when I say that this city is way overpopulated. Recently, it is brought to attention by many in Hong Kong that there is a constant rise in number of visitors and tourists that enter the city. This prevailing problem has upset many citizens due to a maximum capacity reached on public transportation, prime shopping areas, and busy streets. The Hong Kong Tourism Commission...
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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #8 – “A broken system of education”

It is no longer atypical to find university graduates working low-income jobs at places such as McDonald’s. Two or three decades ago, a university degree would have guaranteed the opportunity to work and make a comfortable living. Today, having a university education is the norm, not the exception. It does not necessarily give one an edge in the job market, but having no university education will essentially rule out any chance of success. Yet, gaining a place in any Hong Kong university is increasingly difficult. The majority of students studying in Hong Kong have to take the HKDSE diploma. They must...
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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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