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Hikikomori

Help Hong Kong's hidden youths come out of their shell

The recent murder cases involving Hong Kong youths have undoubtedly left people shaken and caused many to question just what has gone wrong with our society. Discussions have primarily been about the "hidden youths" in Hong Kong. Typically, they have poor social skills but are very active in the cyber world. Although the murder cases are certainly extreme, the underlying issues must be taken seriously.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 3:30am 4 comments

HK princesses rattle local hikikomori

The battle of the sexes is perennial. But in the past year or so, an active - at times vicious - online debate has flared up to give this battle a distinctive Hong Kong characteristic. The debate has essentially pitched men and women into two extreme camps and introduced new vocabulary into the Cantonese lexicon. Each side accuses the other of serious faults and flaws.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Surreal views of Tokyo

French directors Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, and Korean filmmaker Joon-ho Bong each contribute 40 minutes of tribute to, satire on and unique opinions of the Japanese capital city in Tokyo!, a series of three short stories.

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

More youngsters hide out at home

Survey shows threefold rise in urban hermits

The number of young people who spend their lives locked in their bedrooms has tripled in the past two years to as many as 18,500, a welfare group's estimate shows.

Hong Kong Christian Service's previous estimate compiled from a survey of 36 secondary schools in March 2005 put the number at 6,000.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

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Reach out to those who are alone

There are several reasons why some Hong Kong teenagers have withdrawn from social life. In serious cases, they have even stopped talking with their family.

Hikikomori - a Japanese term which refers to this trend and also individuals who isolate themselves - has been spreading in the city.

30 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

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Time to stop a dangerous trend

The spread of hikikomori in Hong Kong could be related to the city's busy lifestyle and education system.

Hikikomori is a Japanese term which refers to the social phenomenon where people refuse to leave their homes and isolate themselves from their family and society for months. It also refers to those people.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am