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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Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #1 – 港孩

港孩 (Hong Kong Kids) is an expression that refers to Hong Kong children or teenagers who are unable to look after themselves, have low emotional intelligence and are vulnerable to adversity. Take myself as an example. Two weeks after settling in London, my (once self-replenishing) supply of boxers had finished. The dreaded day had come – laundry day. Armed with laundry on one hand, and washing powder on the other, I marched into the laundry room which was lined with rows of box-shaped machinery that seemed so familiar, yet so foreign to me. I wondered, ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ as I...
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