Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago?

Publié 25 octobre 2014 no picture Grace O

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Are children better off now than they were 25 years ago? The answer is a resounding yes. The convention was a watershed for human rights, so much so that today, many children are able to take these rights for granted. 25 years ago, children were regarded more as objects, either property of their parents, or helpless beings that needed to be fully guided. The convention established that each child is an individual, with his/her own rights to be respected and protected. Children...


Occupy Central- What's Happening in Hong Kong?

Publié 4 octobre 2014 no picture Grace O

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If you have been reading the news recently, you will probably know about Occupy Central, a protest movement that is currently happening in Hong Kong. As a citizen of Hong Kong, I have been following it closely. What is Occupy Central? Basically, Occupy Central is a protest movement in Hong Kong mainly calling for democracy. Why is Occupy Central happening? This traces back to many years ago, before Hong Kong was a part of China. When Hong Kong was handed over to China i...


Depression - what does it look like?

Publié 27 septembre 2014 no picture Grace O

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Depression is often treated lightly - around school, we can often hear classmates throwing the term around lightly and claiming they are "depressed" when they have extra homework, received a bad grade, or when they get told off by a teacher. "Depressed" has become just another synonym for "sad" or "disappointed". But depression is a real mental condition that is incredibly difficult to deal with. It doesn't just affect the mind; it can also affect the body, and one's well-being....


LGBT Rights in Asia

Publié 13 septembre 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

Publié 6 septembre 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

Publié 23 août 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

Publié 17 août 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!

Publié 9 août 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

Publié 3 août 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...


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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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