St Paul’s Secondary School
Form 4 Liberal Studies 2010-2011
IES Worksheet: Question Posing (literature review)
A. Figure Information
1. Topic of article: ___Letter to Hong Kong：Generation of The Post 80s_______
2. Date: ____9.1.2010__________________
3. Author: ___Chan King Fai_____________
Chan was born in 1982, he is now aged 29.
He studied Cultural Studies in Lingnan University.
Activist of “Post-80s Generation”
5. Reference (related to author)
“Self-learning Chan King-fai”, Mingpao, 16th November, 2008
“Interview with Chan King-fai—A Hong Kong local Engineer”, Cultural Studies of
Lingnan University, Issue No. 4. Released on March 2007. Browsing date: 15 Jul 2011.
B. Issue Details
1. Reference (related to the issue, at least three sets of reference materials)
Chu Hoi-dick, “ A dispatch on Rail-link strike: The youth will parade around the Legco
Building for 3 days; Tsoi Yuen Village appear in Central”, Hong Kong In-media.
Browsing date: 15 July 2011. http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1005394
“Secret fighting in long term, Revelation of 5 Anti-Express Rail Youth.” The East
Week, released on 23 January 2011. Browsing date: 15 Jul 2011.
Lam Fai, “It is not an easy journey—my memory of social activities”, Hong Kong
In-media. Extracted from “Before and behind the Post-80s: Transcend Social
Movement, the narration and imagination o generations” Browsing date: 15 Jul
2. Development of related issues
Recent year, there are some common faces appeared in the demonstrations, the media
named them “The Post-80s”.
They have participated various social activities, including “Protection of Queen’s Pier”,
“Protection of Lee Tung Street”, “Protection of Tsoi Yuen Village”, and “Anti-Express Rail
The Post-80a has adopted different demonstration methods, e.g. initiate the mass to parade
around the Legco Building and “monk strike” in 18 districts in the Anti-Express Rail Rally.
C. Main arguments and themes
1. Main arguments, reasons and evidences in articles
Main argument Reason and evidence Controversy
(Hint: Author may respond
(Hint: Find arguments in the (Hint: Reason and evidence mainly follow
to the viewpoint of other
article. Usually each argument. Sometimes examples are used to
stakeholders, i.e. XX VS
paragraph has one argument.) illustrate the argument.)
Our concept of family is not The New Town Plaza is the watershed of the Main concern
constrained to private generations. The Post-80s : we emphasis
residential buildings, but the T The old generation all think the New Town is on Urban development
future of Hong Kong, our city. Plaza marks the symbol of urbanization and VS
city improvement. Mr TSANG Chun-wah,
Yet the new generation think the repeatedly John: The Post-80s matters
building of plaza are boring and their own living
monotonous, rather not a symbol of environments.
improvement and civilization.
Many ideas in the book “4 The narratives of the book are from the The Post-80s:
Generations of Hong Kong” former generations. They interpret For a better living, not better
has been adopted to the Post- “Generations Struggle” as the Post-80s fight employment compensation
80s who oppose the Express for the promotion opportunities. VS
Rail Link. I think all in all, Yet, the majority of Anti-Express Rail Link Mr TSANG Chun-wah, John
everybody get the wrong gist. strikers have a stable income, some of them / Professor Lui tai-lok: (The
are part-time employed, they can still make a Post-80s are unsatisfied with
living. little chance of promotion.
We aim at re-emphasize of We found the core values of Hong Kong lies Tsoi Yuen Village:
Space Politics, not economic on all ordinary people who work hard for the Lively with peoples’ live
improvement. living and the community, family and stories stories
that belong to them. VS
Unlike us (The Post-80s Generation), I hope Shopping Malls:
our next generations will not live in an No history, no neighbors, no
environment surrounding with boring and live stories
monotonous shopping malls every day.
2. It is worthwhile and interesting to study…
(Hint: Choose an interesting argument from above, and then transform it into an enquiry theme. A research-
worthy theme is usually argumentative (i.e. different stakeholders are involved in the discussion) and related
to concepts of Liberal Studies.)
What social requests are raised by the “The Post-80s”?
How do different stakeholders interpret the wills of “The Post-80s”?
How should I look at their wants and understand them?
3. Related concepts and important glossaries
Civil Society, Public Participation, Urban Space, Generations Theory, Social Activities
4. Chart: Analysis of article
“Protection of Tsoi Yuen Village”
We fight for the return of urban
“Anti-Express Rail Rally”
space politics, not economic
Unlike us (The Post-80s
Generation), I hope our next
generations will not live in an
environment surrounding with
boring and monotonous shopping
malls every day.
5. Views of stakeholders
Stakeholders Possible Viewpoints
Government Official The new generations need to seize the opportunities and well-
E.g. Mr TSANG Chun- prepared, with the advantage of rapid economic development in
wah, John mainland. They need not be afraid of not being “promoted”.
Recently there are some Post-80s (The 4th Generation) has adopted
radical ways in order to express their concern on some social issues.
But most importantly, They need to exercise rational and objective
thinking, a wider perspective in the course of discussion.
Scholar The 2nd generations (baby boomers who born in year 1946~1965)
E.g. Professor Lui Tai-lok create a decent living conditions because of the bloom of economy
after war. Professor Lui thought the 4th generations (people who
born in year 1976~ 1990) have low resistance and live in
greenhouses are caused by the 2nd Generations.
Hong Kong Citizens The “Post-80s” have radical and even unlawful behaviors,
thus social stability is disturbed.