Life Studies: Navigating reproductive ethical dilemmas

Reproductive rights catapulted onto the world stage in 1968 during the first United Nations’ International Conference on Human Rights, where member states and delegates assured citizens of the “basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” In theory, this meant that women would have improved access to education, contraception and […]

Eco-Friendly Ending: This Hong Kong funeral service offers greener alternatives

From low-waste funeral options to biodegradable cardboard coffins, Hong Kong-based eco-funeral provider Forget-Thee-Not offers end of life options for a healthier environment. Dr. Fan Ning is a surgeon and an environmentalist, as well as the chairman of Hong Kong-based eco-funeral provider Forget-Thee-Not. The service offers progressive advice and support for the bereaved, including low-waste funeral […]

Local Voices: LGBT+ Issues are a Community Matter

WORDS Chermaine Lee, Rafelle Allego and Kary Lam PHOTOGRAPHY Karma Lo and António Sanmarful Hong Kong Love Your Neighbours Toby* is gay, but he hasn’t come out to his Christian family yet. Here’s why:  “In secondary school, I read online forums and watched different types of heterosexual and gay porn, but I didn’t completely realise […]

Go with the flow: Meet 3 of Asia’s period entrepreneurs

Every day, some 800 million women and girls are having their periods worldwide. Across many countries and societies, menstruation is still whispered about, or referred to with euphemisms that have little to do with biology.   In Asia, this hushed approach is all the more acute in countries such as India, Nepal and Indonesia. In such […]

What I learned from raising a son with severe autism

Antonio Luis Leong was three years old when he was diagnosed with autism in 1987. When Antonio’s mother, Ruby Lou, heard the term, she wasn’t sure what it meant. “I was worried and confused,” recalls the single mother who lives in Macao. “I knew it would be challenging, something I would have to face.” Autism […]

Surrogacy Shortcomings in Hong Kong

For many couples who are struggling to conceive, surrogacy has become a promising alternative, along with other assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilisation and intrauterine insemination. But in Hong Kong, commercial surrogacy is totally prohibited, while altruistic surrogacy (involving no compensation), is available only to married couples.  By default, same-sex couples can’t access […]