Non-Communicable Diseases: Obesity in Developing Countries

Posted August 17, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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In the late 1900s, health organizations focused on malnutrition, hunger, and the lack of food for people in developing nations. However, there has recently arisen a reverse problem. More 2.1 billion people are overweight. Obesity is a rising problem around the world and is proliferating at alarming speeds in some developing countries. Many of us associate obesity with affluent developed nations, but that is not the case. According to a study published by a UK think tank, the number...


Do one thing!

Posted August 9, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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Often, I feel as though I can’t accomplish much- I’m not creative, I’m not a tech genius, and I’m not a brilliant writer… It feels as though I can’t do much! But even when we feel helpless and useless, unable to change the world or make our mark on the world, the truth is, every single one of us has immense potential to make a difference. How? As Albert Pike aptly summarized, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and i...


Two Miles Apart

Posted August 3, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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Two Lives/Two Miles Apart One of the main problems in Hong Kong is the massive wealth gap that exists between the rich and the poor. As it is an international financial centre, Hong Kong is the home of Asia’s richest man (Li Ka Shing), and a surging number of millionaires. A recent statistic shows that one in every 38 people in Hong Kong is a US millionaire. Glancing at Hong Kong’s towering skyline, modern buildings, high class shopping centres, and technological developmen...


Refugees in Hong Kong

Posted July 26, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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In Hong Kong, I believe that refugees are a group that require much more help. The UN defines a refugee as “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster”. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to seek and enjoy asylum abroad from persecution." However, whilst Hong Kong is a signatory to the convention against torture (which has led to hundreds of asylum claims...


"Hidden Youth": A Rising Phenomenon in Asia

Posted July 19, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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“Hidden youth” is an increasingly popular term in Hong Kong and across Asia (especially Japan). So, who are these “hidden youth”? These are young people who are neither in education nor employment, and spent most of their time at home, playing video games. They typically have limited social interactions with the outside world, and attention has been drawn to them due to extreme murder cases. “Hidden youth” have withdrawn themselves from society, unable to establish or e...


Two Sides of an Argument: Minimum Wage

Posted July 12, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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Is a Minimum Wage Law Beneficial or Detrimental to a Country’s Economy and Citizens? Minimum wage is defined as the lowest hourly, daily or monthly pay that employers may legally pay to workers. Although there are minimum wage laws in most countries, it still remains a controversial argument. While proponents of the law say that it increases the standard of living of workers, reduces poverty and inequality, boosts morale, and forces business to be more efficient, opponents of...


If I were a millionaire...

Posted July 5, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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Have you ever wondered about what you would do with millions of dollars? Would you buy a new house, or your dream car? Even though these things are immensely attractive, if I were a millionaire, I would invest it in education. The building of schools, offering scholarships for further education, and giving schools the funding they need to improve the quality of education. I would focus my money especially on giving girls the resources they need to receive a quality education....


What's great about my community!

Posted July 2, 2014 Avatar Grace O

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My name is Grace, and seeing as this is my first post on Voices of Youth, I want to first introduce myself. I'm currently 16 years old, and in my spare time I love reading, writing and running. I'm most passionate about the protection of girl's/women's rights, the provision of education for every child, and the preservation of the environment. I come from the vibrant, multi-cultural city of Hong Kong! Hong Kong is located in the south of China, but is classified as a "Special A...


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    Hi! My name is Grace, I'm 16 this year, and I love reading! I'm passionate about education, women's rights, and environmental protection. Feel free to talk to me!


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