Blowing Water
  • Young people are taking to the streets more often in protests across societies, making their anger heard through their votes
  • We should cast aside stereotyping millennials as ‘good-for-nothings’ and entitled, and reflect on how we can help them

Hong Kong is one of the least happy places on Earth, but the problem may lie in the fact that many of us do not know what kind of happiness we really want and where to look for it.


Sometimes we are driven by political correctness to the point of lunacy, when what we should be focusing on is in making Hong Kong truly culturally diverse, instead of just culturally tolerant.

Taking a cue from comedy king Stephen Chow, siu keung, or ‘little power’, became a slang name for cockroaches and a term of endearment in Chinese communities.


From smaller small bite-sized problems, to major global concerns, trying to make a difference is a laudable trait in someone, we shouldn’t criticise those wanting to make our planet a better place to live.

Styling herself as a maternal figure when police used rubber bullets and tear gas on mainly young protesters, demonstrates the city leader’s fumbled approach to defusing the crisis.

Corporate reaction to gay couple ad represents the tip of the iceberg of homophobia in the city. A major shift is needed to deliver respect for all, starting with legalising same-sex marriage.

A high-profile Korean charity has come under fire for secretly killing more than 200 dogs, but Luisa Tam says lives are often needlessly prolonged causing undue suffering because owners are reluctant to say goodbye.

Letting children get more physical exercise, weaning ourselves off our throwaway culture and nurturing a proper sense of community would improve life for all in 2019. Hong Kong should also nurture a proper sense of community, reaching out to the needy, and make an effort to be inclusive.

#MeToo movement should remember that a herd mentality is not always productive, while those who defend sexual predators need to realise that loyalty has its limits.

Luisa Tam says the heartbreaking poverty experienced by many elderly residents bodes ill for the challenges Hong Kong society will face as life expectancy edges towards 100.