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How to ensure amateur athletes run safely during the races?

2019-02-19

People are increasingly concerned about the risks of long distance running races and the adequacy of emergency services followed by sudden cardiac deaths occurred in local running events. What measures should the organisers implement to ensure the smooth running of the events and the safety of all participants?


Cultural challenges on social media

2019-02-04

Some white key opinion leaders have been pretending to be black on social media to gain advantages in recent years. However, they are being accused of ‘blackfishing’ and disrespectful to black cultures. How can internet users strike a balance between freedom of expression and respect for cultural diversity?


Audiobooks provide new opportunities for the publishing industry

2019-01-24

Audiobooks not only provide a different experience to reading a book, but also bring about new business and job opportunities. For example, audiobooks are marketed to dog owners and have brought fame and wealth to certain audiobook narrators. For publishers and authors, what do they need to be aware of when entering the audiobook business?


Listening is the new trend of reading

2019-01-18

We can now read a book not only with our eyes, but also our ears. Digital audiobooks are getting more and more popular in the United States and mainland China. How are audiobooks different from traditional books? What makes them so widely accepted?


Dafen Oil Painting Village: From reproduction to pursuing originality

2018-12-21

Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, a tourist attraction that has featured in well-known travel guide Lonely Planet, is renowned for its oil painting reproductions. At the same time, it has been trying to pursue a different course by producing original artworks with Chinese culture characteristics. Dafen's attempts in transformation may be a lesson for all communities that are considering revitalisation and renewal.


Shenzhen’s OCT-LOFT: Evolving from industrial area to art colony

2018-12-10

When the renowned travel guide Lonely Planet ranked Shenzhen second on the list of top ten cities to visit in 2019, OCT-LOFT creative culture park was highlighted in the introduction. This area, housing hundreds of design companies, is beyond a tourist attraction. What has been done to transform this former industrial district into a designer hub?


Shenzhen: Reinventing itself as a leading arts hub

2018-11-29

Shenzhen has been ranked second on the list of top ten cities to visit in 2019 by the renowned travel guide Lonely Planet. As a former factory of the world and China’s incumbent ‘Silicon Valley’, this city has no sign to slow down the progression of rebranding itself amid the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. To unveil the key to Shenzhen’s success, the Centre has visited several landmarks of the city. The first stop is Design Society in Shekou.


A playground for anyone

2018-11-19

Children with disabilities also need playgrounds, but it is important that the playgrounds are not merely accessible, but also inclusive – facilitating children with different abilities to play together. How can this be achieved? What are the possible challenges?


Finding the perfect stage for buskers

2018-10-19

Following the abolition of the Mong Kok pedestrian precinct, many buskers moved their stages to other districts. With a view to preventing the chaos in Mong Kok from happening in other areas, there have been calls for a licensing scheme. However, introducing any sifting systems will likely be criticised for jeopardising the nature of street performance. How should the society treat street performers if we would like to get the best of both worlds?


Fandom of the Opera: Reforming Cantonese Opera for a wider audience

2018-07-05

In recent years, some local Cantonese opera troupes have been attempting to build new audience including youngsters and tourists, by rejuvenating Cantonese opera and strengthening its elements of internationalisation. To go global, the industry needs to tackle a number of challenges, such as how to facilitate non-Cantonese speakers to understand and appreciate Cantonese opera.