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Loneliness during the pandemic

It has now been more than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The social distancing rules and general restrictions have been particularly tough on people who live on their own. Tobey Chan, David Ren and Nicholas Shu talked to some elderly about how they cope with loneliness during the pandemic.  


Mainlanders facing racism in workplace

Mainland migrants in Hong Kong face racism in the recruitment process. Since 1997, there have been 1.5 million mainland Chinese moving to Hong Kong. About 20 percent of Hong Kong's population are migrants from the Chinese mainland. But their cultural background, language, and sometimes education level makes integration into Hong Kong tough.

Photo Essay

"The Egg Tart: Evolution of a Classic Hairstyle

TYR's Kenji Chan walks us around a historical barber shop and a celebrity-serving modern salon which offers the same time-honoured hairstyle "Eat Tart", which crazed the city in the 1950s."The pompadour haircut has al-ways been a classical and good men 's haircut," said Adam Chan Moon-tong, a young yet experienced hairstylist.Style such as comparing the look with vintage stone washed jeans and Wonton noodles, Chan said thatHong Kong people had forgotten the grooming culture Shanghai barbers brou

Health & Environment

Teenage binge drinking on the rise

  • 2016-12-02

Local research shows more teenagers, as young as eight years old, are drinking alcohol by Isabella Lo and Tiffany Lui Ammy Cheng Pui-lam, currently a university student in Hong Kong, was 12 years old the first time she got drunk. She was celebrating her primary school graduation at a friend's home. Later she developed a drinking habit. She would go drinking two to three times a week. "My parents scolded me when they smelled alcohol on me at night, but who is not rebellious at that age?", Ammy said with hoarse voice, which she believed is the result of frequent drinking. In some films, TV shows and advertisements, drinking is often portrayed as a thrilling social activity that cool people would do in glamorous situations. This kind of depiction has affected young people's perception. "Drinking is a symbol of growing up, and we are enthusiastic to try," said 20-year-old Ammy. In a report published by the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, the earliest age at which local kids start drinking alcohol beverages is eight years old. At the meantime, one in 16 teenagers aged 18 to 24 are reported of alcohol abuse, according to the report. Shiu Ka-fai, legislator from the Liberal Party, said a liquor license is required for restaurants and bars to sell alcohol beverages. "If they sell alcohol to the underage, their license will be suspended. I think they are quite careful on this," he said. He thinks it is inevitable that teenagers are mistakened as adults sometimes. "But I also see some responsible retailers that would question those who appear to be underage and demand to see their identity card," said Mr Shiu, who is also a member of the Wholesale and Retail Task Force in the legislature. In Hong Kong, alcohol is believed to have …


Hong Kong Youngsters Draw Inspiration on Democracy from Taiwan Election

  • 2016-01-18

by Sing Lee New Power Party (NPP) founded after the 2014 Sunflower movement has won five seats in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan election. The up and coming political group garnered 740,000 votes. Chairman of NPP, Huang Kuo-chang, said the party will continue to be an open, transparent and active political party. He thanked their young members and volunteers who have worked behind the scenes, saying that they have been crucial in the party's victory. In his audience was a group of Hong Kong youngsters who came to Taiwan to witness the election. Mr Huang said he admired them and noted that they face " a much more difficult situation" than Taiwan. He told them to never give in after the 2012 protest against national education and the 2014 Umbrella Movement. The NPP leader believes young people in Hong Kong share his belief in universal values and they will eventually be able to decide who should be in government if they persist. Joshua Wong, leader of Scholarism, is among the Hong Kong visitors. He witnessed Tsai Ing-wen's victory in the presidential election at her campaign headquarters in Taipei. He said to The Young Reporter that the rise of NPP and other "third force" will encourage more and more social activists in Hong Kong to run in elections. Mr Wong hoped Hong Kong's post-umbrella movement organizations to make reference to the NPP when preparing for the Legislative Council election in September this year. Earlier also in Taipei, Lester Shum Ngo-fai, the former deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said political parties can learn from the NPP's method to reach consensus. The NPP experimented with conducting a poll on the internet to allow everyone in Taiwan to nominate their legislative candidates. Mr Shum believed that's an effective way to reflect the …

Hong Kong stroke patients regain speech through singing

  • 2015-11-09
  • 2015-11-09

By Mari Chow, Christy Leung and Crystal Tse Charity initiative by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation offers a 'relaxing' way for a 20-strong choir to regain speech and confidence. Discover more about the choir at

Hong Kong charity makes fencing affordable for underprivileged children

  • 2015-11-09
  • 2015-11-09

By ShanShan Kao, Iona McNab and Charlotte Yang     InspiringHK Sports Foundation funds classes to help children relieve stress and acquire winning qualities so they can climb the social ladder. Discover more about the fencing classes at  

Sports fans can donate money to Operation Santa Claus at Asia Rugby Olympics qualifier matches

  • 2015-11-09
  • 2015-11-09

By Jackson Ho and Christy Leung   Discover more about the collaboration between the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Operation Santa Claus  


A year after : Umbrella Movement

  • 2015-09-28

By Janet Sun, Fred Lai, Tanya McGovern and Crystal Tse It is the one year after the police fired tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters in Admiralty, followed by a 79-day civil disobedience campaign named the Umbrella Movement. From September 28 last year, thousands took to the streets and occupied the busiest business districts. Yellow umbrellas representing the movement became a new logo of Hong Kong. The movement was an attempt to gain the right of electing Hong Kong's chief executive democratically. Protesters accused a Beijing-backed political reform proposal of being a "fake universal suffrage" for requiring the candidates to be filtered before entering the public vote. Earlier in June this year, the Legislative Council rejected the controversial proposal, leaving no timeline for future discussion on political reform. On the first anniversary of the Umbrella Movement, political groups and individual protesters are heading towards Admiralty again. Some are trying to bring back memories, and many are coming up with their own plans of what Hong Kongers should do next. People's Power Tam Tak-chi tells TYR why the party called off the occupy plan. Follow TYR reporters for the latest updates on the 1st anniversary of Umbrella Movement. Yellow Umbrella Blossoms @tyr_mag — Fred Lai (@Fredlai_) September 28, 2015 Police warning Chan Tak Chi stop provoking ppl to crash into the police front line" @tyr_mag — Fred Lai (@Fredlai_) September 28, 2015 Police warning protestors and journalists not to attempt to breakthrough the security at Harcourt Road — Crystal Tse (@crystalttc) September 28, 2015 Participants gathering at Lennon Wall — Fred Lai (@Fredlai_) September 28, 2015 Yellow Umbrella Christian Base Community pray in memory of OC outside LegCo Complex @tyr_mag — Fred Lai (@Fredlai_) September 28, 2015 The group then set up sign-up station under Canal …