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Fortune in a blind box

2020-07-13

Collecting art toys in ‘blind boxes’ is popular among mainland Chinese youngsters in recent years. Those toys are randomly packed in unmarked boxes. Consumers do not know what they will get until the boxes are opened. A Mainland company that sells blind box art toys has filed for an IPO in Hong Kong. Is there an opportunity or an illusion inside the ‘blind box’?


The rise of solo economy

2020-07-10

Owing to the changes in demographic structure and social culture, marriage and having children are no longer put as a matter of course. On the contrary, more people tend to stay single, thus creating a demand for the solo economy. How should the business sector seize the opportunity?


Well-being of animals in zoos and aquariums affected by coronavirus outbreak

2020-07-06

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of zoos and aquariums around the globe have temporarily closed and suffered financial difficulties, arousing concern about the well-being of captive animals in these facilities. In Hong Kong, some leisure farms which allow human-animal interactions have become popular in recent years. How should they prevent the cross transmission of coronavirus?


The rise of virtual travelling: A flash of light or a rising star?

2020-07-04

The global tourism industry is suffering its worst shock due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies in the field have thus developed virtual travelling so that people can travel around the world without leaving their homes. Is it a long-term business opportunity or just a temporary substitute?


How to protect outdoor workers from extremely hot weather?

2020-06-29

Over the past two decades, Hong Kong has experienced extreme heat more frequently, which in turn exposed outdoor workers to an increasing risk of heat exhaustion. Can the existing labour regulations fully protect the rights of these workers?


Can Hong Kong take inspiration from #BlackLivesMatter in promoting racial harmony?

2020-06-26

George Floyd, an African American, died after a police officer pressed a knee to his neck during an arrest. The tragic death has sparked a wave of demonstrations against racism and police brutality in some countries. A series of incidents shows that prolonged social unrests may occur if racial conflicts are not effectively resolved. Hong Kong is a home for hundreds of thousands of ethnic minorities. However, some of them are being discriminated because of their race. What should we do to create an inclusive environment?


Enhancing cross-sector collaboration in the battle against COVID-19

2020-06-22

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again placed the spotlight on the risk of our over-reliance on the city’s public healthcare services. Although part of the services can be shared by the private sector and primary healthcare service providers, some obstacles have to be removed in advance.


Envisioning the future of urban planning in a post-pandemic era

2020-06-20

Looking back on the history, many cities changed their appearance by urban planning after plague to prevent the return of epidemics. One example was the expansion of Hong Kong’s official urban planning standards to incorporate guidelines on air ventilation for the purpose of improving wind penetration through the city fabric after the SARS outbreak in 2003. As a post-coronavirus prediction, three possible transformations in urban planning may take place.


The new normal amid coronavirus pandemic: Challenges of telemedicine

2020-06-17

The delivery of healthcare services has to adapt to a ‘new normal’ under the continuing coronavirus pandemic, such as making use of telemedicine to reduce the flow of people in hospitals, thereby balancing the infection risk and demand for maintaining essential health service. In fact, some public hospitals, private hospitals and telemedicine platforms have already launched video medical consultation services. Examining their experiences, what are the challenges facing telemedicine in Hong Kong?


How does identity affect your decisions?

2020-06-16

‘Self-identity’ is one of the elements that influences people's choices. That being the case, we can thoroughly analyse group behaviours by studying people’s ‘self-identity’. The ‘yellow economic circle’, which has aroused considerable public concern over the past few months, is also a consumer behaviour driven by ‘self-identity’. How far does such behaviour affect the society?