Hong Kong Too Crowded for Sex: Young Politician

She complains, "If we want to look for a room to bang in, we fail"
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2016 4:32 PM CDT
Hong Kong Too Crowded for Sex: Young Politician
In this Nov. 22, 2015 photo, graves cover a hillside in front of apartment buildings in Hong Kong,the cramped southern Chinese city of 7.2 million.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Twenty-five-year-old Hong Kong politician Yau Wai-ching isn't concerned with your typical boring political issues, TIME reports. Yau is concerned with sex. She recently asserted that rising debt among young people, coupled with the density of housing in Hong Kong, has made it almost impossible for young people to find a space of their own. As the South China Morning Post reported a few years back, young Hong Kong residents find themselves in a situation similar to many US millennials: buried under debt and unable to afford a place of their own in a highly competitive housing market. "If we want to look for a room to bang in, we fail," Yau said.

When she takes office next week, Yau will be the second-youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong's history. She represents a radical young voice among the traditional attitudes that permeate much of the culture in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which is technically a part of China but allowed a large degree of autonomy. Yau has advocated for Hong Kong's secession from China. She is also a vocal critic of Hong Kong's current government, which she says doesn't care about the younger generation. (Read more Hong Kong stories.)

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