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Colour matters


‘Hong Kong’s our home’ sounds warm and welcoming, but can local ethnic minorities make themselves at home, and do local Chinese consider them as ‘family members’? The Centre’s weekly analysis explores whether they can blend into local life in terms of language, area of living, work and education. The article points out that while studies show the majority of local Chinese accept different races, but on individual matters such as being neighbours and choosing schools for their children, differences with regard to various races stand out.

Sub-degree is shrinking, what about the positioning?


The Government points out that UGC-funded institutions have accumulated large surplus from their community colleges by offering self-financing sub-degree programmes. They are asked to benefit the students through lowering tuition fees. Yet, with the sub-degree sector waning, there has been a shift towards degree programmes by some self-financing institutions, or planning to develop into private universities. The positioning of sub-degree and the graduate prospect must be underlined.

Helping ethnic minorities to learn Chinese counts on multiple factors


Whether ethnic minority students can learn Chinese effectively hinges upon not only the official language policy, but also on teachers and the school environment. The Centre’s weekly analysis examines if local teachers and the school environment are adequately equipped for non- Chinese speaking students to learn Chinese.

Learning Chinese: A headache for ethnic minorities?


The Centre’s weekly analysis explores the Government’s Chinese language policy towards non-Chinese speaking students and how this affects the future of ethnic minority students. The article points out that since the 2014/15 school year, the Government has implemented the Chinese Language Curriculum Second Language Learning Framework to help them learn Chinese in small incremental steps. The target of the framework and existing examinations have raised a concern about the needs of non-Chinese speaking students can be addressed appropriately.

Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong – the ‘Guest Workers’


The Government statistics have shown that Indonesian made up nearly half of foreign domestic workers population in Hong Kong. Yet, the plan to stop sending female maids overseas within the next five years announced by the Indonesian government has urged Hong Kong to diversify recruitments from places such as Bangladesh and Myanmar. These helpers are described as ‘guest workers’ as their work is temporary in nature. The Centre’s weekly analysis sheds light on the lives of foreign domestic helpers and their children.

Sowing the seeds of young farmers


People in Hong Kong, especially young art lovers, love travelling to Taiwan. A little-known fact about Taiwan is it could also be a breeding ground for young farmers, with the Taiwanese government’s increasing support to youth farming in recent years. This week, the Centre will talk about the recent Government’s proposal to establish an agricultural park in Hong Kong, and insights that could possibly be inspired by Taiwan’s agricultural industry.

How do Hong Kong’s senior secondary school students perceive capitalising on the opportunities in Mainland China?


The Centre has recently released an Occasional Paper on ‘How do Hong Kong’s senior secondary school students perceive capitalising on the opportunities in Mainland China?’, which serves as a pilot opinion survey on exploring the perception of local senior secondary school students on Mainland exchange and internship programmes, and their willingness to pursue further development in the Mainland in the next five years.

Attracting global talents III: Imported workers’ bread-and-butter


People work hard to make ends meet. Hong Kong is a full-employment economy. Yet, there is still shortage of labour in the market and the city may have to import more foreign workers to fill up the labour gap. The Centre’s weekly analysis reviews the hidden outlook of imported labour beneath social prosperity, their living conditions and the potential social costs behind the labour policies.

Attracting global talents II: uncovering the needs of trailing spouses


Wherever the needle goes, the thread follows, likewise the wives to their husbands. A survey found that spousal rejection and family adjustment are two main challenges faced by international organisations in assigning overseas duties. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into the missing needs of expatriates’ trailing spouses, and discusses that Hong Kong may enhance its competitiveness in attracting foreign talents by introducing family-friendly policies to take better care of expatriates’ spousal needs.

Attracting foreign labour : the age of global nomadism


Land is always a scarce resource in Hong Kong, so is talent. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah posted on his official blog last year that there is a lack of land and labour in Hong Kong. This week, the Centre will discuss briefly about the flow of labour around the world, in other words, the rise of ‘global nomadism’ in the modern era when people possess portable skills and fly around seeking the best ‘pastoral land’.