Ai Weiwei


PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 May, 2011, 12:00am


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Exercise will get kids away from screens

Many children in Hong Kong live a materialistic life and have almost everything. They are quite used to staying at home playing computer games or watching TV.

These children live in a virtual world and always stay indoors. It is the responsibility of schools as well as parents to change this.

Schools should conduct more outdoor activities to allow students to try different things and to lessen the boredom of just sitting inside. When students are given more chances to get in touch with nature, they will no longer pursue satisfaction in virtual worlds. It is good for both their physical and mental health.

Parents should spend more time with their children, especially outdoors - for example, by riding bicycles.

Some parents worry that children might get hurt doing outdoor activities. But it is a chance for them to learn from experience.

Many parents say they are too busy, or just want to rest during holidays. So children have no choice, but to stay at home playing computer games. It is unfair.

Kathy Poon Hoi-yi, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Mainlanders have a right to information

There was a march in support of mainland human rights activist Ai Weiwei in Tsim Sha Tsui recently. Many mainland tourists were there taking photos. But when they were asked who Ai Weiwei was, and whether they understood what the people were protesting about, they didn't know. They said information about such things was mostly unavailable on the mainland.

It's obvious that human rights are a sensitive topic and Beijing wants to conceal news about human rights activists.

We can see that the mainland has made some effort to give more information to its citizens, but it is still very much lacking in the area of human rights.

I think people have a right to information. Concealment will not, in the long term, keep a country stable. The internet is universal and the desire for human rights has increased.

One day people's anger will get out of control and the government will not be able to continue to dominate them. I think the central government should give people more freedom.

Sophie Pang Pei-yan, Pooi To Middle School

In praise of hawkers and their wares

The old hawker who sells egg cakes has been in the news lately. I am not going to judge this case but I want to say something about hawkers.

I really miss hawkers selling various snacks on the sides of the street. For instance, the smell and the taste of skewered food, sushi, meatballs, and pancakes is delicious and the food is cheap.

I have happy memories of eating with family and friends at hawker stalls.

Some may worry about public hygiene, and think the street food is dirty, but hawkers have been selling food on streets for many years, and there have been few problems with unclean food.

I think hawkers are a special part of Hong Kong's culture and should be allowed. This is also a way for people to earn money instead of relying on the government. Why don't we give them a chance?

Yuen Tze-hin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

The interesting case of 'sleepless elites'

I recently came across a very interesting article regarding 'sleepless elites'. Such people apparently can work very efficiently without even pick-me-ups like coffee and with only four to five hours' sleep a day.

Scientists say such people have a genetic mutation of a certain gene called 'hDEC2' that gives them these qualities. These sleepless elites are healthier, can endure more pain, are more outgoing and optimistic and have greater control over their emotions than others.

This is really an intriguing finding and I bet most of my classmates are envious of such people, I certainly am. It would be wonderful to be able to use our time to the fullest and still remain bubbly after work. It would be enormously useful for us students who have such a heavy workload.

However, I think it is crucial that we get enough rest, as health should always be listed as our top priority. You can do nothing without a healthy body.

Christie Lin, Hang Seng School of Commerce