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監製:Dora Tang


At a time when social polarization is yet to be resolved and many share the frustrations over the city's future, various groups of locals choose to devote their skills and creativity to the community, improving not only life of others but also empowering them. While they may not offer perfect solutions to social issues and conflicts, their effort does bring light and hope to whoever feeling trapped in the dark.

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16/10/2018
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As one of the fastest-changing and ever-busy cities, Hong Kong enjoys its reputation for its efficiency. Yet this extraordinary speed of growth and development doesn’t come without a price. While the city benefits from the fruit of its economic success, many traditional handicrafts, be they neon signs, hand-written minibus plates or hand-carved mahjong tiles, are on the verge of extinction as they are either being replaced by new technology or no longer needed.

Joyce, who works at a digital marketing consultancy, noticed that Hong Kong people, like herself, tend to lament over the loss of yet another traditional handicraft shop only when they see it on the news. Having pondered what else she can do, she started a social enterprise named “Eldage”, and with her employer’s support, she made use of social media to tell the stories of those handicraft masters to raise the awareness of the public and sell their products online. Meanwhile, she let these artisans share their skills and stories through workshops which in turn attract hundreds of participants, many of which from the younger generations. The platform also draws the attention of aspired young people who offer to be volunteers in reporting, filming and even bladesmithing!

Although it may seem impossible to have these handicrafts passed on as it used to to the next generation, by letting more people know about what they are and the beauty behind these craftsmanship, Joyce believes they can be revitalized in some other form one day.

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23/10/2018
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The “Maker” culture has taken root in Hong Kong in recent years. These makers, equally enthusiastic about technologies and their application, often have various interests and strong suits. Among them are several who demonstrate particular concern for people with hand disabilities. Utilising their knowledge and skills in leisure time, these makers endeavour to produce 3D-printed prosthetics that meet the needs of these disabled people, hoping to help them cope in everyday life. As every user faces different problems, makers have to think from the users’ perspectives and understand their needs before making prosthetics.

Although 3D-printed prosthetics are not exactly health products, they do offer an alternative for the hand disabled and benefit those in need. These makers also connect with non-governmental organisations in West Africa. After a “Hand Assembling” event in Hong Kong that engages the public in producing prosthetics, the products are then transported to West Africa as gifts for the needy.

In the meantime, Mike, the originator of this campaign, takes the initiative to collaborate with schools while promoting the idea of 3D-printed prosthetics. Through complementing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum of secondary schools, the campaign enables students to make prosthetics, thereby sowing the seeds of research, with the hope of seeing more inventions that bring convenience to the physically challenged. As such, “social inclusion” will be more than a slogan, but a goal that everyone contributes to.

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09 - 10
2018
RTHK 31
  • Revitalizing Handicrafts

    Revitalizing Handicrafts

    As one of the fastest-changing and ever-busy cities, Hong Kong enjoys its reputation for its efficiency. Yet this extraordinary speed of growth and development doesn’t come without a price. While the city benefits from the fruit of its economic success, many traditional handicrafts, be they neon signs, hand-written minibus plates or hand-carved mahjong tiles, are on the verge of extinction as they are either being replaced by new technology or no longer needed.

    Joyce, who works at a digital marketing consultancy, noticed that Hong Kong people, like herself, tend to lament over the loss of yet another traditional handicraft shop only when they see it on the news. Having pondered what else she can do, she started a social enterprise named “Eldage”, and with her employer’s support, she made use of social media to tell the stories of those handicraft masters to raise the awareness of the public and sell their products online. Meanwhile, she let these artisans share their skills and stories through workshops which in turn attract hundreds of participants, many of which from the younger generations. The platform also draws the attention of aspired young people who offer to be volunteers in reporting, filming and even bladesmithing!

    Although it may seem impossible to have these handicrafts passed on as it used to to the next generation, by letting more people know about what they are and the beauty behind these craftsmanship, Joyce believes they can be revitalized in some other form one day.

    16/10/2018
  • Strengths Allied

    Strengths Allied

    Five young people – Himphen, Nelson, Amy, Catherine and Camelie – bring their strengths together in running the crowdsourcing platform “Collaction”, where you can see other people’s dreams and even help the dreams come true.

    In order to attract more attention to Collaction, the quintet launched projects such as “Timber” and “Snappy” with the aim of encouraging people to partake in community affairs in their own ways.

    With their professional knowledge, YC and Antony helped a group of secondary school students realise the dream of developing a mobile application “Whereabouts of Minibuses” that brings convenience to busy passengers.

    Via Collaction, the “Water for Free” project was able to raise funds for updating its webpage and mobile application, and the “Food Sharing Hong Kong” project also managed to introduce the idea of food sharing to the city. Even though not all projects can run smoothly without obstacles, the five members of Collaction are determined to persevere. They firmly believe that everyone can play their own part, engage in more social affairs, and contribute to a better community.

    09/10/2018
  • Let’s Provide Free Medical Consultation

    Let’s Provide Free Medical Consultation

    There is a shortage of healthcare manpower in Hong Kong, and it is a well-known fact that the doctors of the public hospitals are facing long working hours and tremendous pressure, hence, not an easy career path. There is, however, a group of future doctors who are determined to walk into community to provide medical services, before the start of their heavy work life. They are committed to return the favour to the general public, with a view to promoting good health to all people.

    LEE Kong-ngai, Paul, is a year-5 student of the School of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He founded “the Association of Doctors for Social Responsibility” in 2016. Paul hopes that being the convenor, he can bring together a group of doctors, medical students and even aspiring secondary school students, to enter the community to provide medical services. After a year of preparation, he and several fellow medical students ran a campaign called “Hong Kong Health Exhibition” in September 2017. They try to work with different district groups, with the local organisations providing venues and supplies, and inviting neighbours to participate. The medical students will make use of their medical knowledge to do health checks such as measuring blood pressure, blood glucose, etc., and provide related medical services for the people in need.

    Paul and his working partners hope to promote the concept of “doctors in the community”, so that people can understand their health condition through the free medical services. If there are problems, they can seek medical treatment as early as possible.

    02/10/2018
  • Dear Workmen

    Dear Workmen

    Maintenance workers often give the impression of being rude, stubborn, sweaty and dusty with a spanner always in their pocket, when in fact they can be quite cordial and meticulous.

    In the House of To Kwa Wan Stories (“ToHome” for short), a group of maintenance workers volunteer to provide free service for their underprivileged neighbours in their leisure time. Whether it is an old lady living alone whose water heater malfunctions, or a Pakistani refugee who has a leaking pipe at home, these workers do not hesitate to show up at their doors and fix their problems, during which they chat casually with their neighbours about anything from everyday life to social and livelihood issues, thereby reducing the gap between people.

    In addition to offering maintenance services, these workers also visit their neighbours door-to-door, set up street booths regularly, and organise various activities in festive occasions. Examples are a haunted house at Halloween and a countdown bazaar on the New Year’s Eve. Through these events, they are truly sharing happiness with others and enhancing cohesion in the community. Unfortunately, ToHome is about to be demolished and relocated. We do not know if the connection among these volunteers and their neighbours can be maintained and continued. Yet, as long as the volunteers are still around, the human touch will remain despite changes in the environment.

    25/09/2018
  • Neighbourhood Market Stalls

    Neighbourhood Market Stalls

    While market stalls selling clothes, watches or toys should be no stranger to you, non-profit market stalls are extremely rare. There happens to be one…

    Located in Yau Ma Tei, this market stall called “Kai Fong Pai Dong” is open only once a week. Whenever it is open, residents of the neighbourhood will gather around the stall and have fun chatting with each other. Mostly donated by the residents or kind people, the items are sold at prices freely determined by customers, so as to provide them with an opportunity to ponder the “use value” of things.

    Kai Fong Pai Dong presents an array of regular activities every month, including film screenings, sweet soup gatherings and street storytelling events, all of which make it look more like a community centre that welcomes everyone than a shop. Although many people did not quite understand the intention of the members running Kai Fong Pai Dong at first, people are now gradually aware of their effort and even “complain” that one gathering a week is not enough. In the past two years, a trusting, intimate relationship within the community has been developed naturally. This kind of connection may be difficult to imagine in Hong Kong nowadays, but as long as we are serious about staying connected and pulling together our strength, a broken relationship can be mended, and a lost community can reappear.

    18/09/2018
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