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Social Issues

Retirement is for wimps

Japan's willing elderly workers are defusing the country's pension time bomb, writes Kanoko Matsuyama.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 5:06pm

Nail bar blues

For many young Vietnamese, the long, arduous trek to a 'dream job' in a European or North American beauty salon is a taste of the life that awaits them, writes Simon Parry.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:33pm

Child sex attacks and treatment of elderly shame China

China has long prided itself on showing respect for the old and caring for the young. But news of a spate of child molestation cases and a landmark report revealing the problems of the growing elderly population should make mainlanders feel truly ashamed and prompt deep soul-searching.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:04am

Young should take real risks before fighting for democracy

You know why we are always rounding on our government? It's not just because it's undemocratic. Are we unfree and oppressed? Actually, we are freer and richer than most full democracies. What we don't admit is that we have come to rely too much on the government and expect it to fix every problem for us, right now!

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 41 comments

CY Leung urges Hongkongers to unite to solve city's social woes

Hongkongers should unite in "the spirit of one for all, all for one" to solve the social woes facing the city, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, recalling the selflessness the city displayed during the Sars outbreak in 2003.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am 1 comment

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.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 4 comments

Darker dangers ignored in Hong Kong's youth drug abuse figures

Last week, Narcotics Commissioner Erika Hui Lam Yin-ming relayed the results from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse survey of local and international school students. Rather predictably, the number of reported and new drug users aged under 21 last year dropped by 20 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively, in comparison to 2011.

28 Mar 2013 - 8:49am

Elderly need more protection

Like financial hardship, abuse of the elderly is a serious problem that needs to be tackled.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Spate of murder cases shocks Hong Kong: 'What has the world come to?'

Three grisly murder cases in as many days have sent chills through the city, which has one of the lowest rates of homicide in the world - which last year saw just 27 murder investigations.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:57pm

Migrant workers feel like outsiders in mainland cities, says survey

Despite spending years working in mainland cities, migrant workers still feel like outsiders and say their only sense of happiness comes from their families, a Renmin University survey has found.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

Wealth tax idea worthy of debate

A higher tax on the owners of Singapore's most expensive homes - the top 1 per cent - resonates here because it is aimed at closing a widening income gap, a problem we share. But it has prompted property and tax experts to say it would not work in Hong Kong because our residential property market is different. 

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 2 comments

Social etiquette a global problem

In recent years, the negativity between Hong Kong locals and mainlanders has been disheartening. The most discussed issue is the distasteful and unpleasant behaviour of mainlanders when travelling to Hong Kong.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Hong Kong can lead East Asia in meeting ageing population challenge

It is investment in human capital and systems, as well as in advanced machinery and processes, that has enabled Hong Kong to stay ahead. But it now seems in danger of failing to lead the mainland.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 4 comments

Falling crime rate a Hong Kong success to celebrate

Although Hong Kong is not totally free of violent crime, it is a remarkably safe place to live in. Comparable communities in developed Asia, like Japan, Korea and Singapore, also have markedly lower crime rates than most Western societies.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Young boys found dead in Guizhou shack

Five young boys in China’s southwestern Guizhou province died of suffocation on Monday in a deserted shack, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:09pm