The flaws in Hong Kong’s sex education surfaced in the early 2000s, and notably, in a 2008 public survey, conducted by the Social Work Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Sticky Rice Love, an online forum acting as a platform for youngsters to discuss and understand sex, attempts to fill the existing gap.
Started by Julia Sun, the site helps 12 to 25 year old youth make informed, sex-related decisions for themselves.
Julia believes the biggest problem is that people are not talking about sex.
Sex education in school is mostly an extended biology class, according to a 20 year-old nursing student.
Students learn about reproduction, but not practical knowledge, such as how to use a condom.
Talking to parents also makes youngsters feel awkward.
The difficulty is predominantly attributed to Chinese culture.
It will often say it is international, but really, it’s not,” complains 20 year-old Amy (not her real name), a Hong Kong Chinese literature student. Sex education in many secondary schools in Hong Kong deals primarily with reproduction and venereal diseases.
“I used to think sex makes people have low morals, but when I went to college, I changed my opinion: it is better to have sexual experiences earlier. It seems most youngsters’ knowledge of sex comes from online forums and by talking to friends.