Some 200 Hong Kong families took part in a community service marathon at Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam on May 5, in which they helped to pack food for people in need. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Rebuild trust in Hong Kong by nurturing altruism

Paul Yip says a recent study shows that, while Hong Kong people are generous with monetary donations, they are less able or willing to volunteer their time for charitable causes. Hong Kong must do more to encourage such contributions to strengthen social bonds

Topic |   Philanthropy

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Some 200 Hong Kong families took part in a community service marathon at Kennedy School in Pok Fu Lam on May 5, in which they helped to pack food for people in need. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Paul Yip

Paul Yip

Paul Yip is the founding director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong, and a professor at the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. His interests include suicide prevention, population health and poverty research. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government's Steering Committee on Population Policy.