Give generously at JUSCO

AEON Stores (Hong Kong) Co., Limited, trading in Hong Kong under the name of JUSCO, has offered us its support by placing 26 donation boxes in 7 of its stores from now till the end of October. The boxes are located at cashiers' desks and at the in-store customer service counters in Kornhill, Lok Fu, Tsuen Wan, Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O, Whampoa and Tuen Mun. Funds collected will be used for the continued development of the Federation's youth services in Hong Kong. Go shopping at JUSCO and show your generous support for us. Even better, contact us to arrange for donation boxes to be placed at one of your own reception desks or service points. Phone the Partnership & Resource Development staff on 2123 9598 or email for details

Youngsters on public policy

Public policy is no longer an exclusive matter for grown-ups and this winter the Federation is running a joint project with the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute to concentrate young people's minds on sustainable development (SD). A 3 year grant of over HK$800,000 from the Sustainable Development Fund is helping us to run a competition for secondary students and young adults focusing on policies for Population, Town Planning in the Pan-Pearl River Delta, Medical, Food and Healthcare or Environmental Protection. The competition will encourage youth to express opinions and to participate actively in public policy discussions through a series of training workshops and will be followed up community activities. Application deadline 5/11/04. For more info contact:Ms Wong Sui-ling, tel 2169 0255, email or visit and

Arts Crossover Dialogue

This new collaboration with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) provides young people with a valuable chance to participate in arts critics' workshops. Entitled "Crossover Dialogue-New Vision Arts Festival 2004: Arts Critics Writing Programme", the workshops will involve participants in a learning experience with a group of seasoned arts critics. The LCSD is kindly giving away a number of tickets for the programme in the hope of stimulating creativity and the ability for self expression in youth.
Contact tel: 2564 1277, email and visit for more information.

Last week's Dragons in China * exceeded all expectations. Young Chinese delegates came to Beijing from many parts of the world to participate. 1200 from the Mainland, over 200 from Hong Kong plus representatives from Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Macau, from Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. Financial Secretary Mr Henry Tang, joined by Dr Patrick Ho and Ms Shelley Lee from the Home Affairs Bureau officiated at the opening ceremony. Delegates benefited from insights offered by prominent Mainland, overseas and local Hong Kong Chinese speakers as well as from the rich opportunities for networking.



Dr. Rosanna Wong, DBE, JP

Visits to Peking and Tsinghua Universities, Renmin University of China and the China Agricultural University gave them the chance to hear leading academics speak and to meet local students and National Day saw the whole party joining in the celebrations in Tienanmen Square. Perhaps what delighted them most was the opportunity to meet national leaders. What more valuable exposure could there be for Hong Kong youth. All in all, a grand success that bodes well for the future.

*Dragons in China: The First World Chinese Youth Forum, Beijing, 28th-29th September, 2004

Undergrads meet China's leaders
A proud group of eight Hong Kong university students met one of China's national leaders in Beijing last week. Touched by the encouragement they were given and the attention paid to their opinions by such a senior member of government, the meeting was declared an overwhelmingly positive experience, both inspiring and motivating.

"It was the most exciting moment in my life", said Alex Hui, a 3rd year BBA student at HKU, "…I will always remember it…and am now willing to take responsibility to work for the well being of the Chinese people."

The students were chosen by the Federation to represent the Dragons in China delegates at the recent forum in Beijing. Expecting formality and reserve they were greeted with warmth, patience and kindness. Honoured to have been given audience, they were delighted, not only to have a frank exchange of views but to come away with the sense that the Chinese leadership cared not only about young people but especially about those from Hong Kong. Cedric Poon who is doing the PCLL at HKU, had been anticipating the meeting with some trepidation. He was very surprised to find…

"I was not only treated with genuine respect but everybody in the group was able to voice their opinions to a leader who really listened and managed to break down barriers, somehow narrowing the conceptual gap between Hong Kong and China".

Several said how motivated they had become to learn more about the country and its history and how they discovered in themselves a desire to contribute to their community and to China. By the end of the meeting Li Kwok-leung, doing electrical engineering at Chinese U, could see a future for himself …

"From now on, wherever I am – at a lecture or in tutorial – my goal won't be mere personal enrichment but will be focused on equipping myself for my mission - to work for the enrichment of my country and its society."
Members of the group

From the University of Hong Kong
Ho Yui-chi, Cedric Poon, Valentina Wong, Alex Hui

From the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Diane Tai,Kwong ching-ching, Li Kwok-leung, Echo Yuen





















Slim chance

Between March and May 2004, the Hong Kong Paediatric Foundation and the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association carried out a survey1 to investigate young people's attitudes to slimming and other health habits. During the same period a local school catering company also surveyed students on slimness. Both had a sample group of over 2000 9-15 year olds and both came up with the same answers. The first survey showed that over 34% believed staying slim equalled being healthy. More than 50% felt they would look better if they could lose weight even though 87% weighed the average or less for their age, a figure most North Americans would die for. The second survey showed that 30% think they are too fat and 44% have taken action to change their body shape. Paediatricians rightly express concern since eating disorders are a serious problem in Hong Kong and affected adolescent females here have multiplied 50-fold in the last decade. Unfortunately slimming foods are often to reduce weight instead of better diet and exercise. Boys under 15 should exercise for 40-60 minutes daily and girls for 30-40 minutes but what gets top score for leisure? Watching TV, sleeping and surfing the net. For more on that see the next article.

1, to read the report.
2, The fittest generation- student weight management: a survey conducted for Hong Kong Gourmet Ltd, a subsidiary of Vitasoy International Holdings Ltd.
3, Department of Health, HKSAR: Health status of women in Hong Kong, 2002.





Internet risks revealed

The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals commissioned a survey* this summer on parents’ attitudes to the effect of the Internet on their children. The average time these parents observed their children on the net was 2.85 hours a day. Contrast this with a report from the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society conducted last April among secondary students who said their average was 4 hours a day. Then compare figures collected by Against Child Abuse Ltd this spring showing that there are 12-15 year-olds here who spend up to a staggering 21 hours online a day. Seems the parents aren't always aware of reality. Inspite of the evident mismatch 16% of parents in the Tung Wah survey were prepared to admit they thought their children were addicted while 31.3% thought that Internet use at home was excessive, (over 4 hours a day). 65.6% of the parents said that they did not have enough know-how themselves to teach their children either the risks of indiscriminate surfing or the benefits of the Internet and the study recommends basic computer and Internet literacy training so they can keep abreast, a view endorsed this week by the Director of Against Child Abuse.
*Centre for Social Policy Studies, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University:“Parental Perception on (sic) Children's Internet Use”, June 2002. Click to see the report



Students on patriotism

How do Hong Kong young people feel about their nation? The Hok Yau Club recently interviewed 3,605 of them in 80 local secondary schools and found that 62.1% considered themselves patriotic, up by 7.7% on last year. But figures vary and the Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Civic Association* recently expressed dismay at the lack of national pride among our youth. Indeed the latest survey at the San King Integrated Children & Youth Service Centre showed very different results with only 30% of the secondary students polled feeling love for the motherland. The Hok Yau Club then asked their respondents to compare civic standards here with those on the Mainland and found that the latter are seen as less polite and less knowledgeable. As far as attitudes to democracy, freedom and equality are concerned, on a scale of 1-6 (6 = full marks) mainland youths get under 4 compared to the Hongkongers' scores of 5 to 5.3. What to do? The Hok Yau Club suggests improving "national education" and communication between the two groups and a representative of the Education & Manpower Bureau*, explaining the host of activities the Bureau organized to mark National Day last week, said it was in response to the sudden increase in demand for national education but also a sign of, "pragmatism in action".
*Ms Ho Suk-wan, Vice-chairman, Hong Kong Civic Association and Mr Cheung Wing-hung, chief curriculum development officer in moral and civic education of the EMB, both quoted in the South China Morning Post, 5th October 2004, C5.

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