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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2016-17 Sub-Committee Application Has Now Opened!

The 2016-17 sub-committee application has now opened! The deadline will be on the 4th Oct 23:59, and the interview will be conducted on the 12th Oct. As a sub committee, you will be entitied to the following benefits: - will be able to travel around the UK to participate in other PASSes’s event (E.g. cambridge quiz, OxPASS Model Leg Co) and we will reimburse your travel cost - have your name and article published on our annual magazine - Horizon (you will be one of the authors of the magazine and it will look great on your CV!) -Priority to KCLPASS's events and represent...
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London 4U ft QM PASS Hong Kong Freshers’ Induction Evening

London 4U ft QM PASS Hong Kong Freshers’ Induction Evening

Hi Freshers! Congratulations on securing your offer! Jointly presented by KCL PASS, IC PASS, LSESU HKPASS, QM HKPASS and UCLU PASS, the London joint-university induction night aims to welcome all of you to embark on this exciting journey in London!! This is the second year QM HKPASS has joined us and we are excited to have them! In this session, we will share with you our experience and tips of the study life in London, as well as the exciting upcoming activities organised by our societies. And of course, it will be the very first opportunity for you to meet with peers...
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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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