The Rock Stars of HKU
The Stephen Hui Geological Museum was, until recently, HKU's hidden gem. Opened as the first geological museum in Hong Kong in 2009 on the ground and first floor of the James Hsioung Lee Science Building, it attracted mainly school groups in the past (with about 3,500 annual participants in the 2 hour long guided museum tours). But all that changed with the opening of the HKU MTR station earlier this year.
Stories of the Gay and Grey
Homosexuality was a crime in Hong Kong until 1991. For gay men living in such an environment, it meant finding ingenious ways to act on their true feelings or, as often, suppressing those feelings.
Storeys of Modern History
In 2011 debate was heating up in Hong Kong over plans to redevelop the Central Government Offices (CGO), which were built in the 1950s. To architecture aficionados, they represented a fine example of the modern movement that influenced much of 20th century design. But to some in the community, they were eyesores. How could the doubters be won over?
Dental Help for a Neglected Group
Some 140,000 Indonesian domestic helpers are employed in Hong Kong to look after families here, but how well are they looking after themselves?
Language Help for Ethnic Minorities
More than 45,000 South Asians live in Hong Kong, including children and teenagers who attend local schools. Cantonese generally is not used in their homes. As these students progress through the school system, their language limitations restrict their opportunities for jobs and further education.
One CLIC to Knowing the Law
Legal affairs are often complex and expensive to resolve. For people who have no legal background and who are unsure of their legal rights and obligations, that can be a barrier to further understanding and even to settling disputes. A project by the Faculty of Law is helping to provide answers, one click at a time.
A Matter of Life and Death
The Medical Faculty believes direct examination of bodies is the best way to teach students about anatomy, and thus produce well-trained doctors for Hong Kong. However, as society has prospered over the decades, a grim but very real problem has arisen: a shortage of bodies for medical study and training. Until recently, donation had provided an insufficient number of cadavers to meet the needs of the medical programme.
Connecting Science and Art
The fish of Circle Limit III by Dutch artist M.C. Escher are fascinating – they are of the same size in the world of hyperbolic geometry, a geometry in which Albert Einstein used to depict space and time. To Dr Benny Ng of the Faculty of Science, they are more than just works of art. They are splendid examples of tessellation meeting imagination, of science meeting art.
A Stay-at-Home Project for the Elderly
"Ageing in place" is a concept that has been embraced around the world to enable the elderly to live in their own homes for as long as possible regardless of their abilities. In most developed countries, about three to four per cent of elderly require residential nursing care, but in Hong Kong the figure is 6.8%. A project by HKU's Sau Po Centre on Ageing (CoA) is helping to give more elderly a chance to remain at home for longer.