I am pleased to welcome you to the 24 th issue of Our Time. The annual publication of the Cambridge University Hong Kong and China Affairs Society (CUHKCAS) is an important platform for encouraging awareness and discussion about prevalent political, economic and social issues faced by Hongkongers. In this issue, we have compiled a number of articles that reﬂect the kaleidoscopic views of our members amidst a period of great struggle and strife.
We take you, dear reader, from the decline of old culture to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, stopping along the way for an honest interrogation of Hong Kong’s complicated relationship with sex and race. This edition of Our Time reveals the many faces of Hong Kong—on the surface and underneath. We ask ourselves where we came from, where we are now, and what the future could (or should) bring. Interwoven in this discussion is a reﬂection on the irreversible changes that Hong Kong has gone through in the past few years, in the form of political turmoil coupled with a deadly pandemic. However, the message we hope to bring is ultimately one of hope. Our feature interview comprises lessons from two society ﬁgures who have chosen non-traditional career paths. With them, we explore the adventurous new ways in which Hong Kong’s youth can aspire to make a difference in today’s rapidly changing society—and in the process, become the answer to restoring faith in our city. Through all the rhetoric of upheaval and the inevitable, there is always a silver lining to be found.
This extraordinary collection of articles aims to provoke thought about the ways in which Hong Kong has developed over the years, and how we can sustain that advancement by espousing values of resilience and open-mindedness. We also showcase the three winning entries of the Lord Palmerston Award, an essay-writing competition hosted by CUHKCAS, all responses to the prompt “Gifts are not free”.
I would like to thank the wonderful CUHKCAS Editorial Subcommittee, Ethan Chan, Bernice Chan, Carina Tan, Kristie Je, Nicolas Cheng and Liam Fung for their editing and contributions. Thanks also to Ian Hui, for his technical and editorial support; and the CUHKCAS committee, in particular our President Macy Chung, Vice-President Jovian Hui, and Treasurer Chloe Choi for their assistance and hard work throughout the process. Finally, thank you to all the readers and members of CUHKCAS for your unwavering support of who we are and what we do. I sincerely hope you will enjoy this issue of Our Time as much as I have.
CUHKCAS Publicity Officer 2020-21