Letters to the Editor, March 05, 2016
TVB’s subtitle move will not be accepted
I refer to the report(“TVB attacked for use of simplified Chinese”, February 24).
TVB should not have switched its Putonghua newscast and used simplified Chinese subtitles on its J5 channel. It’s not surprising there have been thousands of complaints since the move last month.
First of all, most Hong Kong people are not familiar with Putonghua and simplified Chinese characters. It is a custom of Hong Kong citizens to speak Cantonese and write in the traditional form of Chinese, especially senior citizens.
This change shows how TVB disrespects Hong Kong people. I understand that this is an international city and people need to learn more languages in order to get better job opportunities for young people, but it is makes no sense to undermine our core values.
As the dominant free-to-air station in Hong Kong, TVB has a responsibility to protect Hong Kong’s traditional culture and to help citizens to express opinions, not to generate more social disharmony.
TVB’s switch will not gain acceptability and support from Hong Kong viewers if its actions show a disrespect for their culture.
Fung Sze-man, Ngau Chi Wan
Electronic devices help learning
Secondary schools in Hong Kong have started to adopt an e-learning approach to teaching, which I think is a good thing.
Students in class learn with electronic devices like iPad which worries some parents who think that e-learning actually distracts their child and hinders the learning process.
In my opinion, as a secondary school student experiencing e-learning, it actually helps students to learn more efficiently in class than traditional classroom methods.
They can help shy students by encouraging them to interact via an electronic device. Some apps offer a forum for groups to participate.
Furthermore, e-learning allows more convenient and efficient research when teachers need students to undertake research and to make a presentation afterwards.
Traditional learning allows students to use a variety of books but this can be confusing when they have to deal with a huge amount of information. However, e-learning using keyword searches gives much quicker results plus the added and essential benefit of a deeper understanding of the subject being studied.
If we want to know more about the knowledge we receive, we can search for further information like pictures and studies done by scholars.
Pokfield Chan, Tai Po
Homework overload not beneficial
As a saying goes, “Learning is more important than scoring” but for most Hong Kong students, parents and teachers scoring is more important than learning. Unfortunately, students in this city use most of their time dealing with homework and exams.
They have numerous homework assignments every day because the teachers think it is important for them to practise as often as possible.
Many students in Hong Kong cannot have eight-to-10-hours’ sleep at night and they pay a heavy price. Sleep is food for the brain and skipping sleep can be harmful to our body, especially for teenagers. Lack of sleep will limit the students’ ability to learn, listen and concentrate in class.
Besides, it is important for students to learn about the things they cannot learn during the lessons at school like real-life experiences, which is very important for our future.
However, students have little chance to dip into society because they are mainly studying or doing homework at home.
If students think learning is more important than scoring, they should try to get closer to nature or participate in more events in order to broaden their education instead of spending all their time and effort focusing only on examinations.
In my opinion, learning cannot be forced but needs to be encouraged by building the interest of students.
If students are interested in the subject they are studying, they will make more effort to study and they can grasp the concepts more easily.
Hebe Ng Yik-huen, Po Lam
Disneyland should lure adults too
Hong Kong Disneyland’s latest financial results were disappointing.
The park’s losses cannot all be blamed on a drop-off in mainland visitors or other external factors such as growing competition for the tourist dollar from other destinations.
Despite the overall decline in visitor arrivals last year, the figure still surpassed the 50 million threshold. Instead of pointing out the external factors, the park should come up with ideas that attract different categories of tourist to enhance its competitiveness – especially since the Shanghai Disneyland is going to open in mid-June.
If Hong Kong Disneyland wants to become outstanding, it has to upgrade itself to become a unique and appealing tourist attraction.
The first thing for the park to do is to figure out how to give visitors more reasons to stay overnight. For example, it could install hi-tech rides and games. Disneyland should not be only a fun place for kids, but also should be suitable for teens and adults.
Disney should widen its target customers.
Second, Hong Kong Disneyland can promote its cartoon characters to children in China, because many Chinese kids are not familiar with the stories.
Polly Lo Ching-in, Yau Yat Chuen
Consumers must rein in food waste
According to some estimates, about 3,300 tonnes of food is dumped every day in Hong Kong’s landfills, or about a third of all waste daily.
Much of it is thrown away by households.
There has been so much talk about this issue, but what we need is more for action, starting with consumers and suppliers.
Diners should order sensibly at restaurants or take away the extra food after finishing the meal. There’s no shame in asking for a “doggy bag”.
Smaller quantities piled on plates at wedding banquets would also help cut waste. Children should also be trained to only help themselves to what they can eat.
Suppliers should provide appropriate amounts of food or become involved in donations to the needy or charity.
Kelly Cheng, Kowloon Tong
Lantau road decision damaging
Last month the Transport Department decided to allow additional permits for private cars and coaches to use South Lantau Road. This measure makes no sense.
There are number of reasons to be opposed to roads being overloaded on south Lantau, including the threat to wildlife.
With more private vehicles approved, some sensitive beauty spots could be ruined by tourists who misbehave. Visitors should be encouraged to visit Lantau but asked to explore it the natural way, on foot.
I am also concerned that more cars will disrupt the lives people who live in communities on the island such as the popular village of Tai O.
There is a growing distrust in the decisions being made by the government that affect this island.
Eddie Wong Ting-yiu, Tseung Kwan O