Maybe it's too long

Maybe it's too long

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An armed police officer gives a Zongzi, a glutinous rice dumpling, to an old lady as they celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival at a makeshift settlement in the earthquake-afflicted Hanxinlang Village
An armed police officer gives a Zongzi, a glutinous rice dumpling, to an old lady as they celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival at a makeshift settlement in the earthquake-afflicted Hanxinlang Village
Photo: Xinhua

People in Hong Kong have a very long life expectancy, around 81 to 86 years. This means most of us will be able to live to an old age. But does a long life equal a lively life?

The living conditions in Hong Kong are harsh without a doubt. Skyscrapers, terrible air pollution, massive crowds. Why would we want to live in Hong Kong? Especially for our entire lives?

I would say it’s fate. Everything has two sides. Hong Kong has its good side and its bad side. But one thing we all know is that this is a city filled with love.

After all, I still love Hong Kong.

Wong Chak-sum
Po Leung Kuk Vicwood K.T. Chong Sixth Form College

 

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Chak-sum. I have to say that I would never ever have thought the living conditions in Hong Kong are “harsh”. If anything they are very good for citizens, even the elderly, when compared to some other places. Yes, we could do with better social welfare, housing and pensions, but that is nowhere near the harsh conditions in many countries around the world.

Let us take some time to think about West Africa where Ebola is a real threat, and healthcare is so bad that hundreds are dying.

Let us take some time to think about farmers on the mainland who have to perform back-breaking work just to have enough food, or the elderly there who are locked away in dark rooms by relatives who are unable or unwilling to care for them.

Let us think about other parts of Asia where widows are considered worthless and have to beg for food, or those pensioners stuck in crime-riddled places, or those lacking transport.

Yes, we have crowds, pollution and very expensive property, but compared to other places, Hong Kong is very good.

Susan, editor

 

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