LGBT Rights in Asia

Publicado 13 de septiembre de 2014 no picture Grace O

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The recent wedding between a senior British diplomat to his male partner in Beijing has instigated a discussion over gay rights in China. You can read about it here. The couple's posting of their wedding on Chinese site Weibo was quickly shared more than 60,000 times. However many Chinese commentators took to Weibo and other social media websites to attack the couple. One said, “That country [Britain] is sick. It’s like the last days of Rome”. Another said that same-sex...


Dealing with Academic Pressure

Publicado 6 de septiembre de 2014 no picture Grace O

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There is a prevalent stereotype that Asian countries heap extreme amounts of academic pressure on their youth, and, in my community, that is completely true! Universities in my country don't pay attention to extra-curriculars, hobbies, or your passion- instead of a holistic application process, universities simply request your academic grades. Because of this, schools, teachers, parents, and even students, place too much pressure on themselves to perform well in school. So now that...


Book Review: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Publicado 23 de agosto de 2014 no picture Grace O

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I recently read "I am the Messenger" by Markus Zusak, and found it an engaging and poignant book. “I am the Messenger”, written by Markus Zusak (author of “The Book Thief”), tells the tale of a drifting and listless teenager, Ed Kennedy. At first glance, Ed appears to be a complete loser. An underage cabdriver with not much of a future ahead of him, Ed spends most of his leisure time playing poker and pining helplessly over his best friend Audrey, who doesn’t even belie...


Non-Communicable Diseases: Obesity in Developing Countries

Publicado 17 de agosto de 2014 no picture 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!

Publicado 9 de agosto de 2014 no picture 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

Publicado 3 de agosto de 2014 no picture 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

Publicado 26 de julio de 2014 no picture 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

Publicado 19 de julio de 2014 no picture 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

Publicado 12 de julio de 2014 no picture 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...


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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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