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A series of 10 programmes to understand the views and concerns of 10 different age groups of Hong Kong people on the situation and the future of Hong Kong.

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08/08/2019

People of different generations and ages have their own pace of life: Some choose to charge ahead at all costs during their youth, while some opt to stop and enjoy the slow life when they are in their prime. Regardless of whether you decide to take it fast or slow, we can still choose the pace at which we want to live our lives in our twilight years.

82-year-old Grandpa Poon (Stephen POON Tak-mong) has been involved in volunteer work since he retired from his stable career in civil service more than 20 years ago. At first, he only thought of it as a way to pass the time. As the days went by, however, he realised that he also benefits greatly from it, leading him to truly understand the meaning of “giving is better than receiving”. For Grandpa Poon, these 20-odd years of volunteer service have filled both his schedule and his heart.

Meanwhile, 88-year-old Granny Cheng (CHENG Ling-yu) has devoted her entire life to caring for her family. When she was young, she worked in the garment industry to bring in additional income to support her family. She then quit her job in the latter stage of her life to take care of her grandchildren, shouldering the responsibility of looking after her family all on her own. Having experienced the trials and tribulations of life and tasted the bitterness of reality, Granny Cheng’s constant mention of “money” reflects the values of a particular faction of Hong Kongers.

This is a story about the daily lives of two individuals in their twilight years. It is also a portrayal of certain Hong Kongers.

Assistant Producer: Yim Pui-ying
Director: Pang Chi-man
Executive Producer: Ng Wai-in

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CATCHUP
07 - 08
2019
RTHK 31
  • The Twilight Years

    The Twilight Years

    People of different generations and ages have their own pace of life: Some choose to charge ahead at all costs during their youth, while some opt to stop and enjoy the slow life when they are in their prime. Regardless of whether you decide to take it fast or slow, we can still choose the pace at which we want to live our lives in our twilight years.

    82-year-old Grandpa Poon (Stephen POON Tak-mong) has been involved in volunteer work since he retired from his stable career in civil service more than 20 years ago. At first, he only thought of it as a way to pass the time. As the days went by, however, he realised that he also benefits greatly from it, leading him to truly understand the meaning of “giving is better than receiving”. For Grandpa Poon, these 20-odd years of volunteer service have filled both his schedule and his heart.

    Meanwhile, 88-year-old Granny Cheng (CHENG Ling-yu) has devoted her entire life to caring for her family. When she was young, she worked in the garment industry to bring in additional income to support her family. She then quit her job in the latter stage of her life to take care of her grandchildren, shouldering the responsibility of looking after her family all on her own. Having experienced the trials and tribulations of life and tasted the bitterness of reality, Granny Cheng’s constant mention of “money” reflects the values of a particular faction of Hong Kongers.

    This is a story about the daily lives of two individuals in their twilight years. It is also a portrayal of certain Hong Kongers.

    Assistant Producer: Yim Pui-ying
    Director: Pang Chi-man
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai-in

    08/08/2019
  • Life After 60

    Life After 60

    60 is the standard retirement age for Hong Kongers. When working to make money and getting a promotion or pay rise no longer take precedence in our lives, what is it that we pursue?

    65-year-old Yeung Sau-churk is a retired visual arts teacher. Witnessing the changes Hong Kong has undergone in recent years has left him feeling pessimistic about the city’s future development. He is very concerned about the next generation of Hong Kongers, and deeply believes that the future belongs to them. After retiring, Mr. Yeung continues to be involved in various education-oriented projects. He is especially passionate about using art to involve the community, and hopes that young people will care more about local history, so as to reverse the gradual disappearance of values and compassion in Hong Kong. Mr. Yeung has been living in Sheung Shui for more than 20 years, and has witnessed the invasion of parallel traders, the closure of old stores, as well as the increasingly fierce fight for road space between pedestrians and vehicles in the neighbourhood. He believes that today’s Sheung Shui will become tomorrow’s Hong Kong.

    61-year-old Wong Kin-sang used to be a professional driver. He hoped to find another fulltime job after retiring, but, unexpectedly, was unable to find anything suitable despite being physically fit. Through the introduction of a friend, he now works as a part-time driver for a community centre, taking elderly people living in rural areas to visit the clinic. Being exposed to seniors with mobility problems while at work has made him think more about labour shortages in the elderly care sector. Uncle Kin is a loving father who enjoys family life. His biggest wish is to help his two daughters get on the property ladder, because he believes that the security he now has is the result of his decision to buy a home earlier on in his life. Consequently, he hopes to hand this key to happiness to the next generation.

    Assistant Producer: Chan Tsz Shan, Happy
    Director: Tang Wai Ling, Michelle
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai In

    01/08/2019
  • Life’s Second Half

    Life’s Second Half

    In the traditional Chinese calendar, every 60 years forms a cycle, also known as “jiazi” (sexagenary cycle). As life moves onto the next cycle, it is as if one is stepping into a new beginning. How do Hong Kongers in their sixties find value in the second half of their lives?

    Mr. Pong, who is about to turn 60, has been working for more than 40 years. His children have started their own families, and he has begun thinking about retirement. His biggest concern is not the loss of income, but the sense of emptiness arising from all the free time he will suddenly have every day if he chooses to part ways with his fulfilling work life. Meanwhile, his wife, who has been a fulltime housewife for many years, has been focusing all her energy on her husband and children. With her children grown up and no longer needing as much attention and care, Mrs. Pong has decided to take on another challenge – applying to become a foster parent and turning her experience into practical skills to take care of children in need.

    On the other hand, 61-year-old Uncle Bing opted for early retirement a few years ago. The main reason is that he hopes to have more time to take care of his elderly mother and mother-in-law. Confucius said, “One should care for one’s own aged parents and extend the same care to the aged parents of others.” He does not only give his all in looking after his loved ones, but also hopes to spend the second half of his life caring for the elderly in need in our society to make up for the regret he feels about an unfulfilled wish involving his father.

    Assistant Producer: Chan Tsz Shan
    Director: Ma Tsz Kwan
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai In

    25/07/2019
  • Exiled

    Exiled

    People in their 50s should be planning their retirement and moving onto the next stage of their lives. However, in the rapidly developing city of Hong Kong, does nearing retirement mean that one is able to grasp his or her own future? Or is it a time when one looks back only to realise that the good old days are gradually fading?

    52-year-old Angela was born and raised in Tsiu Keng. As her parents are farmers, she has been helping out in the fields since childhood. Farmers lead a tough life, and she often asked herself why she was born a farmer’s daughter when she was young. It was only after she grew up that she discovered she had unconsciously developed an inseparable bond with the land. Nonetheless, it seems there are no longer any options for those who wish to be farmers in this day and age, because the government plans to develop Tsiu Keng into an agricultural park. A wide road will soon run through Angela’s plot, while her landlord has terminated the lease on the land where her home of 47 years stands.

    53-year-old Mr. Wu is the owner of a garage in To Kwa Wan. With the construction of the Shatin to Central Link and the Urban Renewal Authority’s plans to redevelop the district, the commercial tenants of To Kwa Wan are facing substantial rent increases and the threat of eviction. Mr. Wu, who grew up in To Kwa Wan, has witnessed the changes in the area. Old shops are closing one after another, and the faces he sees on the streets are no longer familiar ones. When he lived in an old residential building during his childhood, the rooftop corridor was his playground. The mutual care and support between neighbours which existed back then are the perfect embodiment of the Lion Rock Spirit. However, the current development model has been monopolised by large corporations, and the warm atmosphere of the past is unlikely to resurface ever again.

    Caught in the midst of rapid development, our two protagonists, who, according to Confucius, have reached the age at which they should know the will of heaven, seem to still be uncertain about the future. All they can do is to tell their respective stories, so as to convey the message that the development of Hong Kong should be people-oriented.

    Assistant Producer: Yim Pui Ying
    Director: Au Ta Hoi
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai In

    18/07/2019
  • Seize the Day

    Seize the Day

    Middle age is an age for recollection. The frustrations of youth are gone, with the vicissitudes of life taking its place. Consequently, it is a time when some people choose to let go, while some choose to seize the day...

    Jenny is a married 46-year-old who has neither the courage nor desire to have children. When she was young, she witnessed members of her family fall physically and mentally ill. As a six-year-old, she would often ask, “Why are people still suffering even though they have enough to eat and a place to live? What is happiness?” At the age of 17, she met a monk and became acquainted with Buddhism for the first time. Nonetheless, she was still unable to rid herself of her discontent. After graduating from university with a major in Business Studies, she devoted herself to the IT industry. Her career took off at the speed of light, but as she chased after fame and fortune, she felt like she was an empty shell without a soul. In 2004, she decided to change her course in life and studied Clinical Psychology to become a psychologist at a social welfare institution. However, the frontline work exposed her to a lot of negative energy every day, and she could not find an emotional outlet. At one stage, she thought about escaping from Hong Kong as it was no longer the city she was familiar with. In 2015, she resolutely left what others regard as a well-paid job with great benefits to establish a mindfulness centre. The organisation promotes mindfulness, Zen meditation, carefreeness, and happiness for people of all ages, religious beliefs, and occupations. Hong Kong is currently frustrated, lost, and unhappy. Jenny believes that “mindfulness” will help Hong Kongers become aware of their pace and breathing. Is “seizing the day” an attitude towards life for middle-aged individuals or an existing option for all Hong Kongers?

    Paully is 41 years old. She is married and has a 5-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter – a combination that others envy. In order to witness her children’s growth, she ended her small business seven years ago. Refusing the good will of her elders and the idea of hiring a domestic helper, she insisted on taking care of her offspring on her own. As her children became increasingly independent and developed their own opinions with age, Paully realised that all the parenting books and theories she had read and discussed no longer seemed to work. This led her to become more and more frustrated and confused. She kept seeing traces of herself in her children – a sense of inadequacy. Two years ago, she was exposed to Zen meditation for the first time. After meeting Jenny six months ago, she decided to adopt a laissez-faire parenting style and reconnect with her inner self. Tutoring is unnecessary, as a happy childhood is all that matters. They do not need to win or lose at the starting line either. Provided that they have a steady footing as they climb up the education ladder, they will always find a place where they belong. Paully deeply believes that the good and bad things about Hong Kong cannot be changed much on the personal level. Therefore, it is better off for her to live a carefree life, find a way out spiritually, and plant the seeds of happiness for the next generation. In her eyes, the present Hong Kong is still a very beautiful place.

    Assistant Producer: Chan Tsz Shan
    Director: Sin Wai Fan
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai In

    11/07/2019
  • Against / The Flow

    Against / The Flow

    In Hong Kong, some choose to survive, following the mainstream and finding a job for the sake of subsistence. Meanwhile, some choose to live, taking the road less travelled in order to do the things they want and realise their dreams.

    The “post-80s generation” never experienced poverty, war, or social upheaval. Is this a generation of people that prefers the “unconventional” way of life?

    Jan is a 39-year-old tattoo artist. He fell in love with tattooing over a decade ago after a chance encounter. He subsequently went to Beijing to learn the craft, and has since become a professional tattoo artist, running his own shop in Hong Kong. Fusing the aesthetics of Chinese ink painting and Western painting together and using characters from horror movies, heavy metal bands, aliens, and monsters as inspiration, he has created an alternative, dark artistic style which may not be the average customer’s cup of tea. Jan has opted to be a non-conformist in his already unconventional career. Faced with realistic problems such as continually rising rental rates, how does he view today’s Hong Kong? Is this place accepting of his creativity? Is this the place of his ideals? Let us examine his story through each dot and line created by the movement of the tattoo needle and the flow of ink.

    35-year-old Cass is a locally renowned pet photographer. Having grown up in a rural village, she enjoys living with nature. What she loves even more is to make her own handicraft items from natural materials such as mud and wood. She used to be one of the “majority”, and often got into fights with her Polish husband, with whom she lives in Hong Kong, for being a workaholic. She gradually found the lifestyle in Hong Kong too hectic and oppressive. “People seem to have lost their way in this city in the face of different pressures,” she believes. Consequently, the couple has bravely given up the “mainstream” life. They have bought a piece of land in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, and are creating a “wellness village that enables the body and soul to connect with nature” with their own hands, so as to give themselves an “unconventional” reboot. They are building an earthen house from local mud to live alongside swans, hares, foxes, elks, stars, sunrises, sunsets, rivers, and the forest, taking gradual steps toward the life they truly need. However, connecting the water, electricity, and gas in Poland takes a year and a half, prompting her to reminisce how “fortunate” it is to live in Hong Kong, where people can “take things for granted”.

    Assistant Producers: Yim Pui Ying, Chan Tsz Shan
    Director: Yeung King Chuen
    Executive Producer: Ng Wai In

    04/07/2019
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