Political Science

Time to give up national education

It's easy for people who have lived normal lives to tell their life stories. It's far more difficult for individuals who have been traumatised or violated to give an unbiased account of their lives. As it is with people, so it is with nations.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Lessons to be learned from visions of order, disorder and political decay

Joseph Yam Chi-kwong's paper on the future of Hong Kong's monetary system caused quite a stir. Irrespective of what happens to the dollar peg, the fundamental thrust of the former Monetary Authority chief's argument is irrefutable - that no fixed exchange rate system is consistent with sustainable budgetary deficits.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rendition puts HK on trial


West's respect for human rights in question

Local and Western media often carry extensive coverage of activists on the mainland being tortured and killed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP's treatment of dissidents is condemnable. But is the West as respectful of human rights as it claims when it comes to handling opposition?

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Helping others experience nature a thrill for all ages

Five years ago, the only bird Emily Kwan Wing-lam could recognise was a sparrow. But now, when a spotted dove appears outside her classroom, she can name it, and tell her classmates all about it.

Kwan, who will turn 13 next month, is one of the youngest volunteers at the Hong Kong Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Start them young

Changes in the school curriculum helped spur an interest in the work of charities such as Oxfam, says Paris Law Yuk-lan, education manager for Oxfam Hong Kong.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Liberal studies is letting us down

The new HKDSE subject, liberal studies, aims to enhance our critical thinking skills. But there's a question: is it effective enough to achieve that?

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Cottages will be more like town houses

Ho Min-kwan in her letter ('Owner's letter about Ho Tung Gardens plans', October 29) appears to be playing the little old lady card. The future of her property has been a matter of public interest for some time now so it is surprising she should present the situation as a bolt from the blue.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Assurances sought on suspect's rights, fax shows

A top secret fax marked 'US only except Libya' and dated 2004 reveals that Hong Kong authorities demanded a guarantee that a suspected Libyan terrorist, his wife and four young children would not be tortured or killed if they were deported to Tripoli.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Volunteers give of their time in Disney-backed scheme

It was a happy day for Yvonne Leung Yin-fong when she volunteered to play with a group of mentally disabled children and doubled up as photographer in December last year.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am


Nostalgia is a way of censoring the past

Our history teacher said people often remember their past with a deep sense of satisfaction or even glorification. This is called 'nostalgia'.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

BRICS may discuss Libyan crisis at summit

Leaders of the BRICS nations may break with precedent by including a statement on Libya in their communique at the end of their meeting next week in Hainan.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What inspired the anti-government protesters in Libya to take to the streets?

a. US President Barack Obama's speech

b. The weapons of mass destruction given to them by Western countries

c. The serious illness of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

China Oilfield Services shrugs off Libya setback

China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL) will not put the brakes on its overseas growth despite having to suspend its Libyan operations and bring home workers from the war-torn nation.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Gaddafi fighting back at rebels out to eject him

Civil war continues to rage in Libya. Protesters there want to get rid of the country's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after the success of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Be more assertive in Arab world, Beijing urged

With Beijing's 'old friends' in high places toppling in the 'jasmine revolutions' sweeping the Arab world, researchers are urging the Chinese leadership to exercise its increased power and take a more assertive role in the region to protect the country's overseas economic interests.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am