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How Chinese student boom has kept US public universities afloat, and why Trump’s America First stance might affect that

Overseas students paying higher fees than their US counterparts have helped colleges avoid funding cuts, but some education experts worry fewer will come if policies change under President Trump

12 Apr 2017 - 9:32AM

Overseas students paying higher fees than their US counterparts have helped colleges avoid funding cuts, but some education experts worry fewer will come if policies change under President Trump

How Chinese student boom has kept US public universities afloat, and why Trump’s America First stance might affect that
Spike in child abuse cases in Hong Kong coincides with exam time, research shows

Spotlight on stay-at-home parents who lack a support network as paediatricians link school exam time with an increase in child abuse incidents in Hong Kong

9 Aug 2016 - 10:11AM

Spotlight on stay-at-home parents who lack a support network as paediatricians link school exam time with an increase in child abuse incidents in Hong Kong

Spike in child abuse cases in Hong Kong coincides with exam time, research shows
The story behind photographer’s New York show of Hong Kong goldfish market shots

#SoHongKong Dutch portrait photographer so intrigued by Mong Kok spectacle on a stopover he returned to shoot images now on show. He loves working in Hong Kong because ‘you can just walk around without being noticed’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

#SoHongKong Dutch portrait photographer so intrigued by Mong Kok spectacle on a stopover he returned to shoot images now on show. He loves working in Hong Kong because ‘you can just walk around without being noticed’

The story behind photographer’s New York show of Hong Kong goldfish market shots
Health-conscious Hongkongers eating instant noodles less often, like rest of world

Food safety scares and concerns about the snacks’ high fat and salt content have hit consumption, but instant noodles are still a food favourite, with fans in Asia but worldwide too

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Food safety scares and concerns about the snacks’ high fat and salt content have hit consumption, but instant noodles are still a food favourite, with fans in Asia but worldwide too

Health-conscious Hongkongers eating instant noodles less often, like rest of world
Book review: The World According to Star Wars

Author cleverly uses Star Wars universe to describe global politics, how we behave as humans and US constitutional lawmaking

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Author cleverly uses Star Wars universe to describe global politics, how we behave as humans and US constitutional lawmaking

Book review: The World According to Star Wars
Hong Kong’s sex education crisis: why people turn to sex workers for knowledge

Deeply ingrained prudishness has bred widespread ignorance of how to have pleasurable sexual relationships; a sex worker group has stepped into the breach, and found its workshops oversubscribed

27 Nov 2017 - 6:52PM

Deeply ingrained prudishness has bred widespread ignorance of how to have pleasurable sexual relationships; a sex worker group has stepped into the breach, and found its workshops oversubscribed

Hong Kong’s sex education crisis: why people turn to sex workers for knowledge
Hong Kong sex education classes don’t teach pupils about sexual minorities
The things many Hongkongers don’t seem to understand about sex

A sex therapist and a family planning teacher outline some of the fallacies people have about sex

27 Nov 2017 - 6:52PM

A sex therapist and a family planning teacher outline some of the fallacies people have about sex

The things many Hongkongers don’t seem to understand about sex
Chinese fossil of hammerhead marine reptile so weird its finders were ‘blown away’

Crocodile-sized plant eater dug up in Yunnan used its chisel-shaped teeth to scrape algae off rocks, scientists figure out after making model of its jaw using children’s clay and toothpicks

7 May 2016 - 2:01AM

Crocodile-sized plant eater dug up in Yunnan used its chisel-shaped teeth to scrape algae off rocks, scientists figure out after making model of its jaw using children’s clay and toothpicks

Chinese fossil of hammerhead marine reptile so weird its finders were ‘blown away’
Meet the Starks: a Game of Thrones location tour in Northern Ireland

Running around a ruin, dressed in a cloak and swinging a sword is just one of the attractions of a Game of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland, writes Alan Yu. Pictures by Channing Brown

25 Apr 2016 - 5:07PM

Running around a ruin, dressed in a cloak and swinging a sword is just one of the attractions of a Game of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland, writes Alan Yu. Pictures by Channing Brown

Meet the Starks: a Game of Thrones location tour in Northern Ireland
Hard lessons for creator of Little Fighter 2 and other would-be Hong Kong games developers

Many Hongkongers want to get into game development but it’s a business where popularity doesn’t always mean revenue, especially in a small market like Hong Kong. More are succeeding, though

20 Apr 2016 - 1:26PM

Many Hongkongers want to get into game development but it’s a business where popularity doesn’t always mean revenue, especially in a small market like Hong Kong. More are succeeding, though

Hard lessons for creator of Little Fighter 2 and other would-be Hong Kong games developers
Hong Kong walled village memories: a Kowloon City exile snaps its fading history

John Chee, who grew up in a Kowloon City village, photographed some of its last stone houses in 2014 before most were demolished. He wishes more could be preserved to remind people of their roots

7 Apr 2016 - 12:24PM

John Chee, who grew up in a Kowloon City village, photographed some of its last stone houses in 2014 before most were demolished. He wishes more could be preserved to remind people of their roots

Hong Kong walled village memories: a Kowloon City exile snaps its fading history
How Hong Kong hospital overcrowding takes its toll on nurses, mentally and physically

Nurses in the city’s public hospitals are at high risk of stress and mental health problems because of their workload, but many don’t seek help for fear of appearing weak

6 Apr 2016 - 12:59PM

Nurses in the city’s public hospitals are at high risk of stress and mental health problems because of their workload, but many don’t seek help for fear of appearing weak

How Hong Kong hospital overcrowding takes its toll on nurses, mentally and physically
Hong Kong’s young workers hold the key to future of geriatric care

Shattering the less-than-flattering image of aged care, a younger generation of caregivers is answering an urgent need and stepping up to the challenge of working at elderly homes

23 Feb 2016 - 3:24PM

Shattering the less-than-flattering image of aged care, a younger generation of caregivers is answering an urgent need and stepping up to the challenge of working at elderly homes

Hong Kong’s young workers hold the key to future of geriatric care
How to tap into the power of posture and movement

Increase your self-confidence and energy levels with the way you sit, stand and move

17 Feb 2016 - 10:55AM

Increase your self-confidence and energy levels with the way you sit, stand and move

How to tap into the power of posture and movement
‘If I ask what their dreams are, they can’t answer’: Eric Lau on choosing a creative career
In 8 pictures: National Geographic prize-winning teen Hong Kong photographer’s stunning journey to success

Student Kelvin Yuen reflects on winning a regional Nat Geo contest having first picked up a camera just 18 months ago, and on the feelings landscape photography has given him for Hong Kong’s countryside 

3 Jan 2016 - 6:40PM

Student Kelvin Yuen reflects on winning a regional Nat Geo contest having first picked up a camera just 18 months ago, and on the feelings landscape photography has given him for Hong Kong’s countryside 

In 8 pictures: National Geographic prize-winning teen Hong Kong photographer’s stunning journey to success
Why two insurance companies want to pay Hongkongers to work out

Insurers seek ways to make sure customers are fitter, and therefore healthier and less likely to make claims, in wake of data showing around half of Hong Kong adults don’t exercise enough.

25 Dec 2015 - 2:27PM

Insurers seek ways to make sure customers are fitter, and therefore healthier and less likely to make claims, in wake of data showing around half of Hong Kong adults don’t exercise enough.

Why two insurance companies want to pay Hongkongers to work out
Why Hong Kong’s buskers are becoming vocal critics

Some street performers are starting to wonder if regulations might be needed to weed out the dire displays and give more opportunity to engaging acts

30 Nov 2015 - 2:44PM

Some street performers are starting to wonder if regulations might be needed to weed out the dire displays and give more opportunity to engaging acts

Why Hong Kong’s buskers are becoming vocal critics
Why Hong Kong couples are opting for no-frills weddings

With the average Hong Kong wedding now costing HK$300,000, many couples are forgoing the expensive banquet and complex rituals. Alan Yu meets the couples who, like him, chose to go small on their big day.

28 Nov 2015 - 11:06PM

With the average Hong Kong wedding now costing HK$300,000, many couples are forgoing the expensive banquet and complex rituals. Alan Yu meets the couples who, like him, chose to go small on their big day.

Why Hong Kong couples are opting for no-frills weddings
Giant killer robots from Hong Kong: Meet the augmented reality pioneer taking gaming and entertainment to a new level
Are some Hong Kong men becoming addicted to workout supplements?

The pursuit of a perfect physique has created a booming market for workout supplements. But health experts say some men have become too reliant on the products.

8 Oct 2015 - 12:30PM

The pursuit of a perfect physique has created a booming market for workout supplements. But health experts say some men have become too reliant on the products.

Are some Hong Kong men becoming addicted to workout supplements?
Straight to landfill? Why Hong Kong is recycling less of your rubbish
Hong Kong's indie music scene fights to survive as two venues close due to high rents

The closing of two live music venues due to escalating rents has Hong Kong indie musicians singing the same sad song - the government should do more to support local acts

15 Oct 2017 - 11:53PM

The closing of two live music venues due to escalating rents has Hong Kong indie musicians singing the same sad song - the government should do more to support local acts

Hong Kong's indie music scene fights to survive as two venues close due to high rents
Hong Kong hackerspace movement lets children learn by creating
Hong Kong’s new RTHK chief lists ‘pressing tasks’ as he faces media glare minutes into the job

Hong Kong’s new director of broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, is minutes into his new job today and already he is bombarded with questions from reporters at the Kowloon Tong headquarters of RTHK, the city’s public radio and television station.

8 Aug 2015 - 5:01AM

Hong Kong’s new director of broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, is minutes into his new job today and already he is bombarded with questions from reporters at the Kowloon Tong headquarters of RTHK, the city’s public radio and television station.

Hong Kong’s new RTHK chief lists ‘pressing tasks’ as he faces media glare minutes into the job
Game on: Hong Kong computer festival puts e-sports in the spotlight
Hong Kong business conditions continue to worsen as key economic index falls for fifth month in a row

Hong Kong's private business sector contracted for the fifth month in a row last month on downward demand, leading to fewer jobs, according to a key economic index.

6 Aug 2015 - 3:31AM

Hong Kong's private business sector contracted for the fifth month in a row last month on downward demand, leading to fewer jobs, according to a key economic index.

Hong Kong business conditions continue to worsen as key economic index falls for fifth month in a row
HKU petitioner stands by claim students attacked professor at stormed meeting despite not ‘knowing what was going on’

A University of Hong Kong alumnus who started an online petition condemning students who stormed an HKU council meeting said she would stand by an allegation a councillor was attacked – even though it remained unclear why he fell to the ground.

14 Jun 2018 - 12:01PM

A University of Hong Kong alumnus who started an online petition condemning students who stormed an HKU council meeting said she would stand by an allegation a councillor was attacked – even though it remained unclear why he fell to the ground.

HKU petitioner stands by claim students attacked professor at stormed meeting despite not ‘knowing what was going on’
Hong Kong grooms its own future start-ups at massive entrepreneurship summer camp