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When Tom and Mary decided to leave Hong Kong for Britain, they hoped to buy a home using their hard-earned savings. But they have been unable to retrieve the HKD500,000 they spent decades building up in HSBC pension funds, and accuse the finance giant of playing politics with their money.
How letter campaigns are giving Hong Kong's jailed protesters courage to carry on
“With you lighting up my world, everything has become more tolerable,” wrote one to his girlfriend
How Hong Kong's student reporters fear being silenced under new police rules
As Hongkongers witness a decline in press freedom, the police introduce a new media accreditation law that excludes freelance and student journalists
Security law: Hong Kong's artists resist censorship, continue sharing dissident art online
Beijing’s draconian new national security law has sparked a wave of self-censorship on Hong Kong’s social media, but artists continue to create political comic strips in the hope of raising international awareness
To stay or go? Meet the Hong Kong protesters who fled to Canada to seek asylum
Leaving Hong Kong was a tough decision to make. Protesters facing charges were left with two choices– either flee Hong Kong or face political persecution
Hong Kong businesses share their struggle for survival amid downturn
After months of intense protests and now Covid-19, local businesses across Hong Kong are struggling to stay afloat amidst a major economic downturn. Hive Life interviewed shop owners about the radical changes their industries have gone through across the past few decades…
Calm after the storm: Hong Kong's battle-weary student protesters face exams and ponder the future
Months of protest – often dominated by students – have left many young Hongkongers with difficult questions: about education, about their future, and even about whether they have a future
All I want for Christmas is a free Hong Kong: how activists used festive cards to get the word out
#FreeHKXmasCard is a project designed for peaceful rational, and non-violent protesters who felt like they were not contributing enough
In Hong Kong's increasingly gentrified Western District, residents beg bars for a good night’s sleep
When three new MTR stations—Sai Ying Pun, HKU and Kennedy Town—opened in the area in late 2014, they brought with them scores of bars and high-end eateries that drew in crowds of millennials and expats. Now residents are complaining about the noise.
Interview: As alt-rockers Warpaint take the world by storm, vocalist-guitarist Wayman confronts inner demons
Warpaint’s decision to go the most dance-y they have yet, with the bubbly “New Song” or the funky “So Good,” was never a deliberate decision to embrace any particular genre or appeal to a certain group of listeners. They just wanted to bump up the beats per minute and make …
Rights lawyer Chris Ng recalls Mong Kok's night of unrest and ponders the city's legal future
Ng confesses that, when he is at a march, the line between whether he is a lawyer or a protester sometimes get blurred: “These days, it’s very risky to stand on the frontlines… and I understand some lawyers may not want to do so."
Residents revolt: Meet the communities fighting bid-rigging and mismanagement in Hong Kong's residential buildings
“The roots of a civil society have to start here. If you go into ideologies, residents may not easily understand that,” Ko said. “It could be too detached from the realities of their lives.” He believes that if one could first take care of their own interests and take part …
Worker News: Hongkongers run website reporting from the grassroots side of labour disputes
Worker News is a grassroots news organisation that seeks to give voice to the working class and tell their stories.
'We still haven't sunk yet': How a decade-old 'social activism bookstore' hangs on in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Reader’s popularity with left-wing organisations, philosophy groups, as well as social activists has in time earned it the nickname of “social activism bookstore” – a testament to how the space has become an important breeding ground of alternative ideas.
Hong Kong's wheelchair users face many obstructions - even at the best hotels
When Siu Leong Ko, a wheelchair user with paraplegia, went to a restaurant in 2015, he was greeted by reluctant staff who refused him entry. They insisted that they would set up a table outside for him. The restaurant had enough room for his motorized wheelchair, but they did not …
From buskers to off-key karaoke singers: The public space debate at the heart of Mong Kok’s pedestrian zone
What caused the growing backlash towards performers at Mong Kok’s pedestrian zone on Sai Yeung Choi Street South?
Interview: Veteran 'post-80s' activist Yip Po-lam looks back on a decade of social movements in Hong Kong
“After all, democracy and universal suffrage are not easy things to achieve – if we can be first encouraged to start building it in our lives, or we could have more positive attitudes towards those who are of different stances – that may not be a bad thing.”
Free speech, selective enforcement and opacity: Problems with the 'dishonest use of computer' offence
In recent years, the offence has gained notoriety for the broad range of cases it was utilised for.
Hong Kong's young pro-LGBTQ Christians working to change the system from within
Two young Christians have been working to change this from within the system, so as to send a clear message to both those in the institution and outside of it:...
HK Community Cinema: Providing an alternative space for independent films
They aim to give local audiences a chance to view independent films, to raise awareness of social issues through post-screening discussions, and to take back public spaces.
How Hong Kong's developers are abusing public space
A more significant, yet lesser-known problem, a leading researcher told HKFP, is in fact the government’s long-standing policy of asking developers to be providers of open space, whilst counting these wholly private areas towards the overall open space enjoyed by HongKongers.
Compensated dating: Social problem or a road to empowerment and easy cash?
Sandy was merely curious when she wrote her first post on the online dating forum. Sex work was the forbidden fruit – enticing, kinky, definitely taboo. Late one night, after a friend in the industry briefed her on legal issues and gave her tips on how to please a client, …
Beyond politics: The Sai Wan 'shadow district council' that closed its doors, but lives on in spirit
Sam Yip’s belief could be summed up in a simple sentence: “You don’t have to be a district councillor to care about the community.”
Publishers seek payment from troubled book chain Page One
The manager at the publishing house Cite Bookshop, surnamed Ng, said that his company filed a legal letter to Page One without disclosing how much money it owed. Ng added that since Page One has a record of paying through regular instalments in the past, Cite Bookshop has yet to …
Century-old trees chopped down on historic site for HK$11.5bn redevelopment
Dozens of century-old trees have reportedly been cut down at one of Hong Kong’s most valued historical sites as its owners plan a multi-billion dollar redevelopment on the site. The non-profit Conservancy Association said that the Oi Yuen Villa, located in Sheung Shui, used to have 450 to 550 trees, …
Star Ferry to increase adult fare by 30% in the next two years
The Star Ferry Company is due to increase the fare for rides between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon by 30 per cent in the next two years. According to an amendment proposed by the company in July, prices for trips between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central and between Tsim Sha …
Localist Edward Leung gets 24-hour Facebook ban after posting video of men following him
Edward Leung Tin-kei, member of the localist party Hong Kong Indigenous, was banned from posting on Facebook for 24 hours on Tuesday after his video of two men allegedly following him was reported. The video uploaded by Leung on August 7 showed him approaching a black car which he claimed …
'AIDS, anthrax and semen': Election officer receives second threatening letter
A returning officer has received a letter which claimed to hold powder containing “AIDS, anthrax and semen” on Tuesday after she disqualified a pro-independence candidate in the upcoming Legislative Council (LegCo) election. This is the second letter of a similar nature that New Territories East officer Cora Ho Lai-sheung has …
Allowing Chinese gov't to appoint bishops would mean 'surrender,' says retired cardinal
Hong Kong’s retired bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said on Monday that allowing the Chinese government to appoint Catholic bishops in the pope’s stead would mean “surrender.” The statement came after the city’s current bishop, John Tong Hon, said last Friday that the Chinese government and Vatican are in dialogue to …
Fewest Hongkongers opposed to Taiwan independence since 1993 - HKU survey
Hong Kong’s opposition rate against Taiwan independence has reached a new low since surveying began in 1993, said the University of Hong Kong on Tuesday. “Our latest survey shows that Hong Kong people who oppose to the independence of Taiwan continue to outnumber those who support it. However, the opposition …