Professional Services Are Found in a Much Higher Percentage in Wealthy District

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According to the data by Census and Statistics Department in June 2015, the number of establishments and people engaged in professional services in Central and Western District is significant higher than that in Wong Tai Sin District.

There were 23.1 per cent of establishments and people engaged in professional, business, scientific and technical services in Central and Western District but the percentage for Wong Tai Sin District were only 9.2 per cent.

Import or export trade, wholesale and retail trades contribute to the largest proportion in both districts but the percentage is higher in Wong Tai SIn District than that in Central and Western District by 17.2 per cent.

In Wong Tai Sin District, the second largest industry is the retail industry which accounts for 11.6 per cent in the district. The industry only contributes to 7.2 per cent of the total in Central and Western District.

Another significant figure is that the percentage of people engaged in real estates in Central and Western District is 3.7 per cent while it only accounts for 1.5 per cent in Wong Tai Sin District.

The only common thing that the two districts share is that they do have a similar percentage on personal services of 6.6 to 6.7 per cent.

The result is not surprising as the median monthly household income in Central and Western District were $33,000, which was nearly a double of that in Wong Tai Sing District which is $17,000, according to 2011 Population Census.

The statistics reflects that the district where more people were engaged in professional services have a generally higher income. The income gap between districts may be due to engagement of people in different industries.


Cosplay: More Than Just Another Hobby

Riku Ho, is no ordinary teenager. One might think that he is just a typical Louis Vuitton sales, but when he changes into his cosplay costume, one might become cynical of him.

Cosplay, namely costume play, is by definition a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture-centered role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms, and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. A subset of cosplay culture is centered on sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters known for their attractiveness or revealing costumes.

As for Hong Kong, there has long been a trend of cosplaying since the emergence of japanese culture with the influence of cultural exchange under the globalization context. People like Riku, has started cosplay 15 years ago. He is really into the japanese popular culture including music and fashion, so he started with cosplaying his favorite brand and studied how to make his own clothes.

Cosplaying is a subculture and it is very popular and passionate. However, some people think these people are weird, and could not accept them. Luckily, Riku’s family is very supportive of him.

Being not-so-accepted in Hong Kong, Riku says he understands the stereotype in society is not likely to end. Yet, he does not care about what others think about him as a cosplayer. He is proud to dress in the costumes he made, given years of experience as a stylist before, to go out and with full make up on. The professional LV sales says he is going to die with his costumes together, passion glows in his eyes while he speaks those powerful words.

The Voices of Protesters

by Michelle Chan & Natalie Wong


It has been a month since the Occupy Central movement took place, in which protesters vowed to oppose the central government’s decision to vet candidates in the Chief Executive election three years later.

Student group and government officials just had their first dialogue, but no consensus has reached so far.

Admiralty, one of the busiest financial hub in Hong Kong, is still occupied by thousands of protesters. Getting ready for the long battle, some of them even brought their tents to the site to stay overnight.

According to the latest statistics, a total of 1,157 tents are stationing in the district. People named the crowd of tents “the Harcourt Village”, with reference to the Harcourt Road in the protest site.

Here are the voices of the protesters at the scene, recorded on October 23, 2014.

See if you feel the same!

From Occupy Central to Umbrella Movement

On the 28th September, Occupy Central with Love and Peace announced the official launch of the movement. Later on the same day, police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, provoking the start of the Umbrella Movement. The movement  was named because it is known that protestors used umbrella to defense against the tear gas. People have occupied main roads in Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok in order to fight for democracy in Hong Kong.The movement, however, was not under the control of any organisations, not even Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

#1 – Protesters gathered at Tim Mei Avenue near Citic Tower on September 27 after students’ attempt to enter civic square the night before.

#2 – Umbrellas were used to defend against pepper spray and tear gas by protesters standing in front of the police barrier.

#3 – A protester wearing raincoat, masks and goggles held an umbrella to prevent himself from getting contaminated with pepper spray.

#4 – Protesters gathering at Tim Mei Avenue chanted slogans like “releasing the student leaders”, “I want real universal suffrage”.

#5 – Two young people encouraged each other in front of the police even though they were strangers.

#6 – Jimmy Lai, the founder of Next Media, discussed with Martin Li, the former legislator, in the crowds of protesters.

#7 – A protester in Tim Mei Avenue gave a thumb up to the people who occupied Harcourt Road.

#8 – A sign in Causeway Bay read “Blossoms everywhere, Occupy Hong Kong” as the movement has already been spread to places other than Admiralty.

#9 – Umbrellas were put in Central for borrowing, also act as a symbol of the movement.

#10 – The occupied area in Causeway Bay performed different tasks to ease boredom.

#11 – Three men carried a tent under bright sun in Admiralty from one supply station to another.

#12 – Newspapers are put up on the wall of a building next to a small library located in Admiralty. The sign above reads “The fifth day of the occupy movement”.

#13 – Paper crane of various colours are hung up in the occupied are in Causeway Bay, symbolising peace.

#14 – A shopping trolley from the supermarket was used to place water bottles for the need of the protesters.

#15 – A teen was writing “protect Hong Kong” onto the ground using chalk as she finished other paintings supporting the movement.

#16 – Memos which read words of encouragement are posted on a big umbrella placed in Causeway Bay.