Hong Kong leaders fail to impress at Youth Speak Forum

Hong Kong leaders fail to impress at Youth Speak Forum

Speakers say today’s youth should be optimistic but audience members find little to be excited about

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From left, Henry Lee, Jasper Tsang, Allan Zeman and Michael Chugani at the youth forum.
Photo: AIESEC in Hong Kong

The advice of some of the city’s top leaders fell flat at a youth forum last week where they tried to remind uninterested youngsters not to be so downhearted.

At last Thursday’s The Youth Speak Forum, successful businessman Allan Zeman, former Legislative Council chairman Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, TV host Michael Chugani and D H Chen Foundation boss Alan Chow shared their thoughts on the future for Hong Kong’s youth. The forum was organised by the International Association of Students in Science, Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) to share the results of their survey about the challenges faced by youth in Hong Kong.

AIESEC president Henry Lee said the survey showed youth between 16 and 30 were most concerned about high property prices and the widening wealth gap.


A chat with Lau Ming-wai, chairman of the Hong Kong’s Commission on Youth


Zeman sympathised with the students about these issues, and suggested young people look to the mainland as a place of opportunity.

Tsang told the audience that today’s youth already had it easy and that people’s perception of reality was influenced by expectations. “With such high expectations, youth are more likely to be unsatisfied.”

But many young Hongkongers, especially the students at the forum, were not impressed.

Clement Tsang Hui-yin of La Salle College told Young Post that today’s youth worked just as hard as past generations. “But these days there is little chance to move up the social ladder. The political system does not reflect the voice of the youth, a matter which needs to be urgently addressed.” he said.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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