Class of ’97: Chung Yick got a top score in Hong Kong’s secondary school diploma, but says education system needs improving

Chung Yick studied political theory as he thought it was answer to Hong Kong’s many problems, but after witnessing the Basic Law saga, he is now leaning toward an academic approach

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 10:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 10:00am

Meet the class of ’97, born the year of the handover. Their childhoods tell the stories of Hong Kong’s first two decades after the return to China. Some remember Sars, others took part in Occupy. Now, they’re trying to work out what their future holds – and how Hong Kong’s own uncertain future fits into their plans.

Chung Yick

“I was one of the top scorers in the Diploma of Secondary Education exams in 2015, however I was just a lucky person under the current education system.

“The purpose of education should be to cultivate one’s critical thinking or improve the general quality of the people, but the system here, like many others perhaps, has room for improvement.

“I am doing a double degree in government and law at the University of Hong Kong. I enjoyed studying political theory as I thought it was the ultimate answer to the city’s many problems. Now, I am leaning more towards solving them through an academic approach, after witnessing incidents such as the Basic Law interpretation saga.

“My favourite subject is philosophy.I want to figure out why people should care about the livelihoods of others, and this will reinforce my belief in caring and helping.

“I have been asked how I define success. To me, it should be a really broad term that involves all kinds of achievement.

“A mother who raises her children well should be seen as equally successful as a doctor, for example.

“I won’t rule out becoming a lawyer after graduation – I don’t like to limit myself to certain occupations.”