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RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

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    RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

    "The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

    Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

    "The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

    "The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

    "The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

    Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

    Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

    If you want to discuss anything you've seen in "The Pulse", or anything in the public eye right now, or just to talk about the show, why not join in the debate on our Facebook page, RTHK's The Pulse. 

    Starting 3 April, the programme is aired every Friday on RTHK 31 at 19:30. 

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    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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    02/07/2021

    Hong Kong’s population and building density are among the highest anywhere in the world. According to government figures, we have 6,930 people per square kilometre. Every living and non-living thing is fighting for space. We build taller and live higher. No other city has more skyscrapers than Hong Kong. Added to this is a pretty advanced transport infrastructure, both under and above the ground. Recently however there has been a greater focus on another form of civic planning: emphasising the creation of a liveable city that promotes the wellbeing of the community. What this means is enhancing the liveability of the city on several levels including physical, social and cultural aspects. In today’s episode, we’re looking at attempts to make Hong Kong a more walkable city, and what is being done about conserving history through heritage buildings. It might surprise you to know that Hong Kong has more than 8,000 of them.

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    06 - 07
    2021
    RTHK 31
    • Liveable city: Walkability and conservation of heritage buildings in Hong Kong

      Liveable city: Walkability and conservation of heritage buildings in Hong Kong

      Hong Kong’s population and building density are among the highest anywhere in the world. According to government figures, we have 6,930 people per square kilometre. Every living and non-living thing is fighting for space. We build taller and live higher. No other city has more skyscrapers than Hong Kong. Added to this is a pretty advanced transport infrastructure, both under and above the ground. Recently however there has been a greater focus on another form of civic planning: emphasising the creation of a liveable city that promotes the wellbeing of the community. What this means is enhancing the liveability of the city on several levels including physical, social and cultural aspects. In today’s episode, we’re looking at attempts to make Hong Kong a more walkable city, and what is being done about conserving history through heritage buildings. It might surprise you to know that Hong Kong has more than 8,000 of them.

      02/07/2021
    • Hong Kong's new talent wave & discussion with Anthony Fung

      Hong Kong's new talent wave & discussion with Anthony Fung

      The so-called Korean wave of popular entertainment, driven by South Korean movies, TV shows, and pop music, has been growing in influence across Asia since the 1980s.
      It has now burgeoned into being a global phenomenon fuelled by the internet and social media. But in its heyday Cantopop and Hong Kong cinema in the 1970s and 1980s was what inspired some of the most dedicated fans across Asia. More recently younger generation Hongkongers are likely to have fallen under the spell of Korean boy bands like BTS and girl groups such as Blackpink, while TV watchers have been bingeing on Korean dramas. Since 2019 though, there’s been a revival of enthusiasm for Hong Kong’s home-grown talent, and it all started with a TV reality show.

      25/06/2021
    • Gender and sexuality inclusivity in Hong Kong discussion: Eunice Yung, Dennis Philipse, and Suen Yiu-tung

      Gender and sexuality inclusivity in Hong Kong discussion: Eunice Yung, Dennis Philipse, and Suen Yiu-tung

      June is marked by large numbers of people around the world as “Pride Month”. This event is celebrated by members of the LGBTQ+ community and many others as a positive affirmation of diversity and an assertion of equality under the law for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, and, along the way, it’s a chance to have some fun. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Pride Month events are being scaled down or are taking place online. Pride Month has been growing in size in Hong Kong and the most recent local survey on public attitudes towards members of the LGBTQ+ community conducted by the Sexualities Research Programme at the Chinese University in 2019/2020 showed increasing support for equal rights for people of all sexual orientations. Despite that, some legislators have said that they are adamantly opposed to law reform and have concerns about Hong Kong’s plans to host the first Gay Games Asia next year.

      18/06/2021
    • Interview with Ivan Hung on Covid-19 vaccines & local tours resume

      Interview with Ivan Hung on Covid-19 vaccines & local tours resume

      Despite the fact that in Hong Kong Covid-19 vaccinations are easily accessible and free, the vaccination programme, launched more than three months ago, has resulted in only about 24% of the total population receiving a first dose, with just 17% being fully vaccinated. To boost take-up, the government and the private sector are offering incentives such as lottery tickets, luxury flats, gold, cash, shopping vouchers, and cheaper holidays and flights. Incentives notwithstanding a recent survey by the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University shows there’s still considerable vaccine hesitance. Only one in four of those not yet vaccinated are planning to be jabbed in the coming six months. Some are concerned about possible side effects. Others say they have little confidence in government recommendations or the manufacturers of the vaccines. And then there are those who are waiting for a better vaccine to come along. We spoke to Ivan Hung, a co-convenor of the government’s Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment, to address some of these concerns.

      Other than the millions of dollars’ worth of cash and prizes in Covid-19 vaccine incentives offered by the private sector, the government has also been hoping to reduce vaccine hesitancy by relaxing restrictions for the fully vaccinated through introducing “vaccine bubbles” in restaurants, catering business and the tourism sector. Despite some recent exemptions and a little loosening up, Hong Kong has one of the strictest virus quarantine measures. A mandatory 14 to 21-day quarantine is required for people who have travelled outside and returned to Hong Kong, although this is now being reviewed. The tourism industry is struggling and has come up with all manner of new initiatives but they will yield no more than a fraction of earnings in more normal times.

      11/06/2021
    • Renaming of Liberal Studies to Citizenship & Social Development discussion: Lau Chi-pang of CDC-HKEAA  & Tin Fong-chak of HKPTU

      Renaming of Liberal Studies to Citizenship & Social Development discussion: Lau Chi-pang of CDC-HKEAA & Tin Fong-chak of HKPTU

      Liberal Studies was introduced in Hong Kong in 2009 as one of four senior secondary core subjects. The first liberal studies examinations were held in 2012. When introducing the subject, the government said its goals were to equip future generations “with a broad base of knowledge, high adaptability, independent thinking skills and an ability to engage in life-long learning” to face future challenges. But Liberal Studies came under scrutiny and criticism during the social unrest in 2019. In September of that year, the government said, “in view of the escalating social incidents”, it was introducing a one-off professional consultancy service to the publishers of Liberal Studies textbooks to ensure the quality of their content. In May last year, Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned that students should not be “poisoned” with “false and biased” information, and subjects such as Liberal Studies could be “infiltrated”. She urged the Education Bureau to act as gatekeepers and handle this matter. So, in the coming school year, Liberal Studies has a new name and a new focus. To talk about the revamp of Liberal Studies and the new curriculum with us are Lau Chi-pang of the Curriculum Development Council of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authorities, and Tin Fong-chak of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union and currently a Liberal Studies teacher.

      For the second year in a row, the police have banned the June 4th candlelight vigil in Victoria Park citing Covid-19 restrictions. Following the introduction of the National Security Law the Security Bureau has warned that people who take part in unauthorised assemblies, advertise, or publicise them may face terms of imprisonment ranging from one to five years. The police have said they are putting 3,000 anti-riot officers on standby and will conduct checks in areas where commemorations might be held – at least a thousand may be deployed around Victoria Park - and will act swiftly against any unauthorised June 4 gatherings. Something to bear in mind.

      04/06/2021
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