New bill will ruin creative rights
The government's proposed Copyright (Amendment) Bill has stirred a lot of criticism. I believe its approval will lead to many people committing offences.
I think the amendment adversely affects our democratic rights. It limits our creativity because we will lose a medium to express our views and thoughts on current social issues.
Because the bill also targets parody, any edited posters or pictures are liable for prosecution. This means all avenues for satire will vanish from the internet in Hong Kong. Many netizens will inevitably break the law unintentionally if this bill is passed.
In Hong Kong, we are proud of the freedom of speech we have, so this amendment bill is very disappointing for most of us. Is it reasonable to limit people's creativity in this way?
Kelly Lam Wing-sum, Leung Shek Chee College
Poem teaches lesson on racial tolerance
I recently read a poem entitled Mother to Son by Langston Hughes. In the poem, a mother describes her hardships to her son by comparing her life to stairs.
To me, this poem symbolises the struggle of African people who were taken from their native country to become slaves in America.
Hughes talks of how black people have faced inequality and social injustice, and how they have risen above this.
The mother in this poem tells her son that there is racial tension and hostility preventing him from fulfilling his dreams. But he must keep climbing up the stairs because, just as she has done, he can rise above the issues facing him.
The mother understands that, for the rest of his life, he will have to keep on climbing because there will always be racial prejudice. But, she says, her son should show the determination to take the 'steps of life' and reach the top, just as others have done.
Winnie Wong Tsz-shan, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Are we missing out on true happiness?
In Hong Kong, men and women like to show off their clothes. But what about the many tribal people in Africa? They don't wear many clothes, but they smile.
I have heard that some people in poorer nations are happier than those in more developed countries.
People in rich countries chase reputations and want beautiful clothes and modern technology. In poor countries, people pursue food, family bonds and happiness.
Most people want to live in a developed country because of the lifestyle, but they truly yearn happiness. So maybe the poorer people have got something right.
Ho Yuk-ping, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
The perfect gift for mum is you
Before Mother's Day on Sunday, there were a lot of adverts for gifts and dinner promotions. But while we all want to surprise our mums, how often do we stop to think what they really want? Is it a fancy dinner, expensive jewellery, or simply heartfelt thanks?
Like many other festivals, Mother's Day has become just another chance for businesses to make money. People tend to think if they spend a lot of money it will make their mothers happy.
But if you want to show your mother you really care about her, spend some quality time with her.
Or you could cook her a nice dinner, and not just on Mother's Day. That is the best present for your mother.
Lau Chung-yan, Tang Shiu kin Victoria Government Secondary School
Time to get rid of indecent ads
The amount of indecent content in advertising is growing. It is a very big problem.
To draw attention to their products, some companies hire models and ask them to wear low-cut clothes and very short skirts. Many advertisements for online games do this. They think it will attract teenagers.
We can see such ads everywhere - in the street, on the MTR and buses, and on the internet. I think this can be a bad influence on children and teenagers.
To solve this problem, parents should explain to their children why such ads are bad. I also think the government should pass a law against indecent ads.
Chan Tsz-ting, Carmel Secondary School