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  1. Social tensions 'inevitable'

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and exploit them. Hongkongers, especially lower-class people, believe all rich people are the source of social injustice and inequality. So they blame all social conflicts on the upper class. Although ... these days. Social hatred of the rich is likely to remain an inevitable phenomenon in such a diverse society. ...

  2. Job quotas for disabled can help change minds

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paul Surtees An enlightened government should lead in enacting laws to protect its most vulnerable citizens, and not just wait for community pressure to force it to act. It is to the credit of the Hong Kong government that, despite many objections, minimu ...

  3. New project to study effects of poverty

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 600 families will be interviewed and the Gini coefficient used- will be conducted by David Gordon, professor of social justice at University of Bristol's school of social policy studies, and Maggie Lau Ka-wai, an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education's social science department. 'The Gini coefficient tells you there is income inequality ...

  4. In the groove

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is at play here. Sky-rocketing property prices have generated tremendous wealth but they are also the main reason for social angst. It's a tide that lifts some boats and sinks the rest; we may ... booms before, and it has increased social irritability, paranoia, anxiety and aggressiveness. With more millionaires and millions of others hooked on it, it's going to take as much ...

  5. Tougher times for the middle class

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a little more than half that. Our place in the Gini coefficient- an international index that measures inequality- is the highest in the world. But focus on the wealth gap between the richest ... government actually provides a high level of social safety and support for poor families. And, of course, our officials are scared of powerful business interests, if not beholden to them. So ...

  6. Small change

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as to whether China can slow, if not reverse, the alarming growth of inequality over the past three decades. Besides causing social tensions, inequality itself can impede sustainable economic ... inequality has become a top political issue. The first story was that the Chinese State Council has proposed revising the income tax rates to reduce the tax burden on the working class while raising ...

  7. The great divide

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lanxin Xiang The recent political scene in China is odd. First, we have two Politburo members publicly slugging it out over approaches to economic and social development. Guangdong's ... to the most recent statistics, the Gini coefficient in mainland China has reached 0.5, well above the level of 0.4 that is considered the danger point for social stability. The higher the coefficient, ...

  8. Quality of life is lowest in west

    Posted Jun 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of life, level of public service and social governance by comparing more than a dozen parameters, including income, education, infrastructure and soundness of social security. While Beijing ... 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The study findings are another reminder of the rising inequality in wealth distribution after years of economic success. The Communist ...

  9. Middle class feels the pinch on wages

    Posted May 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paul Yip Siu-fai, of the University of Hong Kong's department of social work and social administration and a member of the government's Central Policy Unit. 'The government ... per cent in the five years, from HK$10,200 to HK$11,000 a month. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Gini coefficient- which measures income inequality on a scale of 0 to 1, where 0 is perfect ...

  10. Piecemeal measures won't close wealth gap

    Posted Apr 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is equated with social discontent, so the wider it gets, the more frantic they become in finding a solution. We have already got the biggest spread among the world's advanced economies ... to terms with poverty, which the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, using half of the median income as the poverty line, puts at a rate of 18.1 per cent, or 1.26 million people. At the other end ...




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