Fighting Mental Illness Stigma in HK

Former mental illness patients are facing difficulties when looking for a job, due to the social stigma attached to mental ill health, according to Alliance of Ex-mentally ill of Hong Kong.
Ann, who is a former schizophrenia patient, decided to dedicate herself to mental health education.
Now, she is a volunteer for ‘Human Library’, a library where former mental illness patients will share their story with readers.

This is a project for MAIJS program, Hong Kong Baptist University


HK Disco Soup Gives Imperfect Food a Second Chance

“Mushroom which didn’t fulfill the exact measurement will be thrown away even though there are in good condition,” said Leung Kuen Kuen, the organizing officer of Food for Thought from Tin Shui Wai Community Development Network.

Food waste problem in Hong Kong is not only concerned by the local but also to a group of French expat, known as the Disco Soup Warriors, a team of four good friends who lived in Hong Kong for more than a year.

This group of friends decided to introduce Disco Soup to the local. “It is to bring the awareness of food waste, to make it fun, make it disco and dancing,” said Diane de Beaudrap, one of the organizers of Disco Soup.

Disco Soup was first held in Hong Kong on Oct. 29, in Locofama, Sai Wan. The event had attracted people who concern about food surplus and environmental sustainability issue. In the event, participants chopped, washed, and cooked in the beat of disco music, turned food waste into salads, smoothies, and soup.

This is an audio slideshow assignment for MAIJS program, Hong Kong Baptist University 

Native Language to Ease Homesickness While Studying in Hong Kong

Gao Ling found the solution to coping with homesickness while studying abroad, which is by watching the drama spoken in her home language. She says by listening to a familiar language is comforting and can ease her homesickness.

Gao Ling is pursuing a master degree in Literary and Comparative Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. Despite coping with homesickness, she said it is fun to study in Hong Kong.

“Every day is a busy day, but I still enjoy it.” Gao Ling said even though there are assignments, report, and group work to deal with, and classes on every day except the weekend, however, she has no complaints because she believes only by doing this, she will get improvement.

Gao Ling believes ability and skills she acquires throughout her learning will never leave her and that is the only thing she can rely on. “I’ll try my best to make every assignment perfect and I believe by doing this, I won’t miss any great opportunity in the future,” she said.

This is an audio story assignment for MAIJS program, Hong Kong Baptist University 

Playground in North Point set to be replaced by 34-storey housing block

Children were cheering after a goal was scored, while adults were dripping with sweat competing on a basketball court, despite the glaring sun and hot weather in the afternoon.

The playground which occupied by a public five-a-side soccer pitch and a basketball court is where the community of North Point spend their leisure time, regardless of day and night.

Located between Tin Chiu Street, Java Road and Marble Road, this playground is now facing challenges as it might be turning into a single 34-storey subsidized-sale government housing block, according to South China Morning Post.

Lam, residence of the community, expressing his disappointment for the housing plan, “If the playground was removed, I would need to walk at least 20 minutes to the nearest basketball court. It is very inconvenient for me.” he said.

Walking along the street adjacent to the North Point Ferry Pier, it is common to see the skyline of North Point filled by building under construction wrapped in a green net.

“Even though the government promised to move the playground to the nearby park with upgraded facilities, but it doesn’t guarantee they might one day take away the facility for development purpose,” Lam said.

This is a photo story assignment for MAIJS program, Hong Kong Baptist University

Learning Chinese: HK ethnic minorities’ dilemma

In Hong Kong, there is a total of 451,183 ethnic minorities, representing about 6.4 percent of 7 million people in the city, according to Hong Kong 2011 Population Census by Home Affairs Department.

Even though Chinese and English were declared as the official language of Hong Kong in 1974 but Cantonese remained as the most common language in the city.

89.5 percent of 7 million population speak Cantonese and only 3.5 percent of the population are English speakers, as stated by a statement released by Hong Kong government.

“The Hong Kong government has been promoting the use of Chinese as the main medium of instruction for most local primary and secondary school over the years.

In other words, an ethnic minorities’ students would have to struggle if they couldn’t catch up with subjects that are taught in Chinese.”

Click Learning Chinese : HK Ethnic Minorities’ Dilemma for the full article.


Food Truck in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Food Truck Pilot Scheme, a two-year pilot scheme has attracted 11 operators to join the program. However, the poor designated location has become one of the challenges to the operators. Interview with Liu Chun Ho, owner of Ma ma’s Dumplings, selling his very own significant home recipes, the five colour dumplings.

This is a radio story assignment for Broadcast Journalism of MAIJS Program, Hong Kong Baptist University