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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! The Joint-hall Mid-autumn Festival 2017 was held at the Roundabout in the Student Residence with the great support from our 12 halls and non-local student societies including the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), City University of Hong Kong Taiwanese Student Association (CityU TSA), Korean Association of Students at City University of Hong Kong (KASCU), and the City University International Society (CUIS) last Thursday. The celebration was moved from indoors to outdoors this year to accommodate more participants. Let’s review what happened that night!
There were varieties of food and games in the booths organized by helpers from our 12 halls. If you are a fan of snow skin mooncakes, remember not to miss Jockey Club Humanity Hall’s (Hall 1) booth next year. One of the resident tutors, Ben LEUNG (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 4, Manufacturing Systems Engineering), helped out at the booth to assist with mooncake-making which has since become a tradition for Hall 1. Although he is going to graduate, Ben plans to come back to help next year so perhaps we will see him again. You may wonder why he would continue helping out even after he graduates, but for Ben, the Joint-hall Mid-autumn Festival was the FIRST event for him to meet people from other halls during his freshman year. It marked his start of new friendships in CityU!
The celebration event was also the place where diverse cultures meet. Residents with different nationalities represent unique cultures. We first had the traditional Chinese Lion Dance by Chan Ka Fai Dragon & Lion Dance Association as our first guest performance. Muskaan GHANDI (HSBC Prosperity Hall, Year 2, Psychology) was amazed by the performance, but she joked that she would feel bad for the last person playing the back inside the lion costume. It was a new experience for her to meet another culture. Apart from the Lion Dance, there were also performances by the CityU Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Nunchaku Association, URBANITE, and Diverse Dance Group.
Non-local student societies such as the KASCU also prepared traditional food for Chuseok (the Korean Mid-autumn Festival) and a very cool K-pop dance performance for us. You could probably hear the loud cheering from a distance. Elena SHIN (Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Accountancy), was glad to immerse herself in such a culturally diverse environment and let more people know about the traditional festival from a Korean point of view. She was delighted to see people enjoying Korean food.
Wish every resident a joyful Mid-Autumn Festival. Feel the vibe and enjoy the mooncake!
(View the full photo album at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityu_sro/albums/72157689085629836)
Writer: Rhiannon CHONG (Hall 10)
Photographers: Rhiannon CHONG (Hall 10), Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Deepanshu KARLA (HSBC Prosperity Hall), Tony LEUNG (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
中秋節快樂！在城大十二舍堂和非本地生學會包括中國內地學生學者聯會、留港台灣學生會香港城市大學分會、城大韓國留學生聯會及城大國際學生會的支持下， 聯舍中秋晚會於上星期四在宿舍舉行。今年的晚會更從戶內搬到戶外， 讓更多宿生可以參與其中。一起看看當晚有什麼精彩活動！
十二個舍堂用心準備了各式各樣的食物和攤位遊戲。如果你喜歡吃冰皮月餅，明年一定不可以錯過賽馬會敬賢堂的攤位。來自敬賢堂的宿舍導師梁永康 （賽馬會敬賢堂/製造系統工程學系四年級）也在製作月餅的攤位幫忙。今年是永康在大學的最後一年， 但他從一年級起已見敬賢堂每年籌辦月餅製作攤位，他希望可以延續敬賢堂的傳統。雖然永康即將畢業，但他仍然計劃明年再回來幫忙，因為聯舍中秋晚會是他當年在城大宿舍參與的第一個大型社區活動，是他結交新朋友的開始！
不同國籍的宿生也代表著不同的文化，多元的文化就在這裡匯聚。當晚一開始由陳嘉輝龍獅總會籌備的舞獅表演對於土生土長的香港學生來說是一個很傳統的表演，但這對於印度籍學生Muskaan GHANDI（滙豐業昕堂/心理學系二年級）來說則是一項新奇有趣的表演，她更笑言為負責舞動獅尾的表演者感到辛苦。除了舞獅之外，晚會更邀請了包括城大中樂團、Diverse Dance Group、香港雙節棍總會和URBANITE等表演者傾力演出。
城大韓國留學生聯會也為大家預備了韓式秋夕小食（編注：秋夕為韓國人慶祝的中秋節），並帶來了精彩型格的舞蹈，看得觀眾熱情高漲，齊齊起舞。來自韓國的Elena SHIN（賽馬會群萃堂/會計系二年級）很高興可以參與其中，既可以感受中國傳統中秋文化， 亦可將韓國秋夕文化介紹給廣大群眾。每當有人嘗過秋夕食物後大讚，她都會很開心。
攝: 莊曉婷(舍堂十)、文苳晴(李兆基堂)、Deepanshu KARLA (滙豐業昕堂)、梁毅韜 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
Whether you’re struggling personally, professionally, academically or otherwise, I’m sincerely here to help. Here are 10 things that I want to say to you, as a struggling student myself:
- Believe in yourself: learn to be your own cheerleader. If everyone’s against you, at least one person is there to support you.
- Be grateful for the smallest of things: you’re alive, that’s a good enough reason.
- You can cry for an hour, but then force yourself to go out and do something. Eat, write, draw, get out of bed, whatever. When you’re struggling, celebrating seemingly small accomplishments can help you gain your confidence.
- Whatever your position is right now, it’s doesn’t define your future. You still have the same chance to change the world as anyone else.
- When people rub their GPAs and scholarships in your face, kindly smile and walk away.
- When people complain about how fabulous their life is, kindly smile and walk away.
- You don’t have to proof anything to your parents, friends, anyone, or yourself.
- Trust me, it’s gonna get better. You really just have to believe in yourself.
- Be kind to yourself. If you fail worse than everyone else, improve yourself. You can change only when you want to.
- Just laugh it out. Life is ridiculous anyways.
Kindness towards yourself and others is a choice.
Writer: Dazi CREMONITA
作者: Dazi CREMONITA
譯: 李怡靜 (舍堂十)
1. Never hesitate to ask questions.
Don’t ever think that other student residents will get annoyed at you for asking too many questions. People are always willing to help, even though they might look like they’ve had enough of university life, trust me they will be happy to get questions they know how to answer by heart.
2. Cheap places to get food.
I know that closest place is Festival Walk – and everything around the university seems to be expensive besides canteen food of course. You can take the bus right in front of the residence, either 2F or 86C, go down to Sham Shui Po Market or if you want to do grocery shopping for dry goods go to Ka Hing Supermarket. It’s really ridiculous how cheap everything can get. You can walk down past Shek Kip Mei Park to get to Nam Shan for some Gai Dan Jai, best and cheapest in all Hong Kong (I think).
3. Staying Fit.
You will be eating a lot of instant noodles. It’s ok. It happens. But if you don’t watch out you will get pretty unfit and gain bad weight. There is a Fitness Assembly on the ground floor of Hall 11 you can go on the treadmill there or if you want to jog outdoors I highly recommend Shek Kip Mei Reservoir Playground. It has a 600-metre jogging track, it’s just a 10-minute walk past the CMC building.
4. Befriend your roommate.
You’re going to breathe each other’s air for a whole year so might as well try your best to have a really good relationship with them in the beginning. If there are things that tick you off a bit – then talk it out rather than keeping it all in.
5. Befriend people in the Student Residence.
It can be daunting to start conversations with strangers but that initial step is the only thing you have to do to gain friends that you’ll probably keep your entire lifetime. It can get stressful at first but trust me there’s bound to be somebody.
P.S. I hope you read it thoroughly I’ve experienced it all.
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
雖然最近的覓食地點非又一城莫屬，但周邊的餐廳，甚至學校食堂，價格都略顯高昂。其實，你只需在宿舍邊的巴士站搭乘2F 或86C ，就可以去深水埗街市；若是想屯些食品雜貨，也可以去家興超級市場–你一定會為此處貨品之實惠而驚奇不已。當然，也可以選擇向下走，穿過石硤尾公園去往南山邨，去嚐嚐（我心中）全港最美味而又平價的雞蛋仔。
文: Julianne DIONISIO（賽馬會敬賢堂）
Welcome back to the CityU Student Residence! The Student Residence Office (SRO) is delighted to raise up a hearty welcome to every single one of you. Well, you can hardly defend that you find yourself here reading this article because you are somehow a foodie having no idea where to go for the appetizing and tempting foods on your first days landing in the halls. I am here to share with you eight food outlets in the neighbourhood that deserve your attention and visit undoubtedly, these enticing restaurants are all easy-to-reach!
Locating at the centre of the Student Residence, Homey Kitchen is where you can meet residents coming from our 11 residence halls at Cornwall St. The “butter piglet wraps” is one of the favorite choices among residents.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 00:00
Sat & Sun: 11:00 – 23:00
Location: 22 Cornwall St., CityU Student Residence (next to Multi-function Hall B)
The AC3 Bistro provides food such as spaghetti and waffle. It is a place that provides mouth-watering food with attractive appearances. The food choices are in western style mainly. During tea time, the Bistro offers waffle and ice-cream which is really enjoyable when spending the time and chilling with friends.
Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Location: 7/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building (AC3), CityU
Among all the outlets introduced, AC1 & AC2 Canteens are the places that provide the most economic-friendly food, with a wide variety of food from the east and the west. Both canteens has always been the most crowded outlets on campus due to the cheap food cost and their convenient locations.
– 5/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building (AC1), CityU
– 3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building (AC2), CityU
With the most exotic food, 5380 Café provides Halal food and Arabic cuisines which are really popular among students. Its unique Kabab wrap in the campus is also an irreplaceable symbol of diversity in the mind of CityU students.
Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Location: 5/F, Amenities Building, CityU (facing the Swimming Pool)
Garden Café offers a slow-pace environment for both faculty and students to enjoy meals and discuss about things in life with friends. The price might be slightly higher compared to the other food outlets in campus, but it is definitely worth the price.
Sun & Public Holidays: Closed
Location: G/F, Academic Exchange Building (next to Jockey Club House)
This is the place for all students to reunite with big group of friends. Students get the chance to enjoy long meals and dimsum with their mates and share with one another what one has experienced. If you want to have a glimpse of traditional Chinese cuisines, this is the place to go.
Sun & Public Holidays: 09:30-22:30
Location: 8/F, Amenities Building, CityU
Man Kee has been a well-known restaurant for hall residents to go for a quick supper. This local restaurant offers a typical “make-to-order” Hong Kong-style noodle where you can pick your own choices of food combination. We call this che jai meen here which literally means “cart noodles” because of its humble origin as a cheap cuisine served for the lower class on food carts during the 1950’s.
Daily: 24 hours
Location: No. 121, Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Just by the name, people might confuse this with Japanese cuisine. Sushi-chicken is driven from the Chinese pronunciation of “tearing chicken meat by hand”, you can choose either rice or instant noodle for the mains. A must-try near the campus!
Opening hours: Random (So basically it’s by fate whether you can have it or not!)
Location: Shop G94-95, Pak Tin Shopping Centre, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Images: City University of Hong Kong, hk861.com, bluehero.pixnet.net
首先，歡迎大家成為城市大學宿生的一份子！ 學生宿舍處對於每位新宿生的來臨都感到十分高興及雀躍。正在閱讀這篇文章的你，想必都是一位「吃貨」，正在苦惱哪裡有開胃和誘人的食物。 這篇文章即將告訴你身為城大宿生必到訪的八大食肆。毫無疑問地，這些都是值得您關注和品嚐的食物。而且，這些吸引的餐廳都很容易到達！
星期一至五: 08:00 – 00:00
星期六及日: 11:00 – 23:00
AC3 Bistro提供意大利麵和窩夫等食物，它提供的食物具有誘人的外觀，令人垂涎三尺。 食物選擇主要是西方風格。 在下午茶時間，Bistro提供窩夫和冰淇淋，令人可以享受和朋友愉快的時光。
在所有的食肆中，AC1及AC2飯堂是價錢最親民的地方，更提供從各地而來的食品選擇。由於價錢實惠，地點便利，AC1 & AC2飯堂往往是最多學生造訪的飯堂。
地點: 城大康樂樓五樓 (面向泳池)
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
It was an unusual Saturday afternoon in a former British army camp where over 60 people, including Residence Masters, SRO staff, Residence Tutors and I were standing still under Hong Kong‘s unforgiving heat. The commander’s voice was really loud and powerful. He was explaining to us the rules of the camp, mainly about how we should behave and self-discipline in the 2-day camp from 29-30 July 2017. Thereafter, we were given 30 minutes to go to our barrack – a big room with 15 bunk beds – where we would sleep that night. That was pretty much how the Residence Tutor Training Camp began. For the next 18 hours, we would be trained like an army.
The first and last sessions were workshops about the roles of Residence Tutors and case studies. Together with our Residence Masters, Dr. Ben LI of Jockey Club Humanity Hall, and Dr. Roger KWAN of Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Mr. Wilson LAM, Director of SRO, enthusiastically gave a welcoming speech and explained the purpose of the camp. In these two sessions, Wilson also defined our duties and roles, illustrated different cases that might happen in the future and explained how Residence Tutors should deal with them. We then had small-group discussions to brainstorm on some real caring and disciplinary cases.
For the outdoor activities, the camp participants were divided into four groups according to our halls. Some of them really challenged your fear and the others relied on teamwork. High Wall was one of the scariest to me in which everyone in the team had to climb up a wall with nothing except the support of our teammates who carried one of us at the bottom and pulled him/her up from the top. It was so terrifying hanging up there without touching the ground, so I just closed my eyes, relaxed and trusted my teammates. Despite my shaky legs and fast heartbeat, I eventually made it. We all made it to the top because of the good team work!
The 2-day camp, along with all the obstacles, definitely shaped and strengthened our friendships, at least between me and my Hall 9 (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) tutors. This camp was a crucial beginning of our one-year duty as Residence Tutors because it brought us closer and taught us how to trust each other and to build up a good teamwork. In order to create an engaging residence community, it has to start with the solid foundation of residence tutors. The 2-day training camp was definitely a great kick start!
Writer: Mickey Jane SALIM (Residence Tutor, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Photographers: Mickey Jane SALIM (Residence Tutor, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall), David MA, Wilson LAM (Student Residence Office), Angela MA (Student Residence Office), Hydie CHEUNG (Student Residence Office)
文: 林美琪 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂宿舍導師)
譯: 李怡靜 (賽馬會群萃堂)
攝: 林美琪 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂宿舍導師)、馬富城、林健 (學生宿舍處)、馬傑芳 (學生宿舍處)、張凱貽 (學生宿舍處)
“Can anyone tell me why I have so much stuff?”
I believe that many of you would complain that when you have to evacuate all the personal belongings before checking out from the Student Residence every year. The common room of each floor would be filled with used items, some of which may even look brand-new to you. Undoubtedly, the room for storage is limited, so how may we recycle and reuse unwanted items instead of just disposing them?
The Withdrawal Recycling Day held in the afternoon of 20 May was organised by Po Leung Kuk, the Environmental Protection Department and the Student Residence Office (SRO) of CityU to provid a perfect platform where students could leave their unwanted items to people in need. This event was held to reduce the phenomenon of waste among university students and to encourage students to carry out the “Use less, Waste less” motto in practice. The stuff collected from residents will be sent to the Sham Shui Po Green Station for distribution to the community. Acceptable items include clothes, shoes, books, daily necessities and electric appliances.
Many residents responded actively to this recycling event. It is worth mentioning that a fun Natural Anti-mosquito Brick Workshop was held by two local instructors from the Sham Shui Po community at the same time. Molds of different shapes and ingredients were prepared in advance, including water, essential oil and chemical substances.
It is not easy for university students to realise how lucky they are without worrying too much about lacking food and clothing. In fact, many of us are taken over by our “shopping desires” and bought a lot of unnecessary purchases other than necessities. One aim of this recycling event is to stimulate students in thinking of the difference between what we NEED and what we WANT through the exhibition of recycling services. Hopefully, this event could help to reduce the overbuying and waste phenomenon among university students.
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
文: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
攝: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3) organised a Volunteer Tour to Sichuan during the Easter Holiday from 15 to 20 April 2017. Five students, Tina ZHAO (Residence Tutor, Alumni Civility Hall, Year 4, Accounting), Vincent LYU (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 2, Civil and Structural Engineering), SHENG Yixin (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 2, Public Policy & Politics), HU Zhinan (Hall 10, Year 4, Translation & Interpretation), and Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 1, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering) traveled to Chengdu together and volunteered as Panda Keepers. Here is Najeed’s sharing:
All my prior knowledge about Sichuan came from my friends’ descriptions of the place. My most prominent impression about Sichuan is its distinctive food culture: some friends have described their food as being always spicy to the point it is unbearable. Only upon invitation to the trip to Chengdu, Sichuan I have come to know of its significance for its panda conservation centers and its historic sites. Having shown at least a certain extent of interest for the aspects that made me perceive Sichuan’s character, I decided to take the chance while keeping my fingers crossed for what is hidden ahead.
The main landmark in the first day was the ancient Jinli Street. Our main aim was to try out different desserts from the food stalls and then head towards a restaurant for dinner. The most distinctive item from the food stalls was a so-called dessert seasoned with Sichuan’s chilli oil. Such an encounter is impossible in my local cuisine in Jordan where sugar is the main and the dominating ingredient. My favorite of all Sichuan desserts was the pineapple honey. As for our dinner, we have opted for a restaurant which mainly serves hotpots. I find hotpots to be a very engaging approach to gatherings. This, in my opinion, made the atmosphere of the restaurant quite interesting; it gave me the feeling that everyone was more into socializing than eating.
Days 2 & 3
Our next two days were spent in Leshan, where the main attractions are various religious sites. We visited a religious complex which encompasses the Giant Buddha as well as many other temples, some of which are even associated with other faiths. We also went to the peak of Emei Mountain, a site of particular significance to Buddhism.
The trip to Leshan was in fact my first ever visit to religious sites which are associated with other beliefs. I also had the chance to witness the practitioners of other religions firsthand. I was especially surprised to learn that some mentalities or actions can be strikingly similar between completely different faiths. There exist plenty of differences, too. In my opinion, this experience had a significant positive impact on my perception of others’ beliefs. Most importantly, similarities should be appreciated while simultaneously respecting the differences. I believe this was a remarkable experience in enriching my awareness and developing tolerance towards others.
Aside from the site visits, on the first night in Leshan, I finally got to try a hotpot with the local spicy dressings. Its distinctive spicy taste made it one of the best hotpots I have ever tried. The spiciness is sure prominent, but not in a painful way. I have had friends who previously described Sichuan as the land of the food geniuses; it indeed is!
Days 4 & 5
On the fourth day, we moved to Dujiangyan in order to volunteer at its Panda Base for two days. Throughout this period, we had three main tasks for each day. The staff would take us to our work site, which is a specific set of panda enclosures (each with its own garden!). The first task was to smash bamboo sticks in order to break them into smaller pieces; this makes it easier for the panda to consume their food. Due to the giant panda’s inefficiency in consuming the bamboo, the second task was to recover the leftover pieces of bamboo sticks and leaves from around the garden. The third task was to ensure that the panda house was kept in a good hygienic condition. This means that we also had to look for the panda’s leftovers throughout the enclosure and its garden to clean them up. Thankfully, they were not significantly odorous. After completing these three tasks, we will get the chance to observe and feed the pandas.
Since I usually had a preference for doing any work individually up until high school, this activity has given me another chance to experience the benefits of teamwork with Tina, Vincent, Yixin, and Zhinan. While it can be a curse that pandas are not part of the teamwork in reducing the mess in their enclosures, it was a blessing for having offered a very convenient environment to observe their lifestyle. There is a charm about pandas which cannot be easily described; their lazy lifestyle combined with their innocence somehow makes them adorable creatures.
In addition to panda volunteering in those two days, we also visited historic sites like the nearby ancient Dujiangyan irrigation system to know about its purpose and history. After the second day when we have completed our volunteering task, we left Dujiangyan and headed towards the museum of the Jinsha archaeological site. We were then invited to yet another hotpot restaurant by the relatives of Tina, the trip organizer. Their warm welcome and generosity made me immensely enjoy their company despite our language barrier: all what I knew in Putonghua was how to say “hello” and “thank you”, yet I was shy to do so for fear of getting the tones wrong. This was the point at which I finally realized the importance of strengthening my skills in both Putonghua and Cantonese.
Our final day in Sichuan was concluded by a visit to the Tang poet Du Fu’s thatched cottage and its museum. Since I am not proficient in Chinese yet, I mainly focused on learning about Du Fu’s life and history. Although I have gotten the impression that his life was unfortunate, I have highly respected Du Fu for his modesty, persistence and willingness to serve the people, while also taking note of the praise he got for his poetry.
The rare, special encounters of this trip made this experience memorable and fruitful. Exploring Sichuan’s cuisine and culture was definitely worth the try, where exploring its heritage has allowed me to broaden my horizons and raise my awareness and tolerance towards other cultures. Moreover, I was delighted to get the chance to observe giant pandas in addition to offering them a helping hand.
Writer: Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR (Alumni Civility Hall)
Images: Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR (Alumni Civility Hall), Tina ZHAO (Alumni Civility Hall), Vincent LYU (Alumni Civility Hall)
校友樂禮堂在2017年4月15至20日舉辦了一次在四川做義工的活動。趙藝婷（校友樂禮堂宿舍導師/會計系四年級）、呂唯碩（校友樂禮堂/土木結構工程二年級）、盛逸昕（校友樂禮堂/公共政策及政治二年級）、胡質楠（舍堂十/翻譯及傳譯四年級）和Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR（校友樂禮堂/機械及生物醫學工程學系一年級）五名宿生在為期五天的假期中，一同造訪四川成都大熊貓繁育研究基地當義工。以下是Najeed 分享的經歷：
文: Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR (校友樂禮堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: Najeed ALSHAKHSHIR (校友樂禮堂)、趙藝婷 (校友樂禮堂)、呂唯碩 (校友樂禮堂)
If you happen to pass the outdoor court of AC3 and see one Nigerian foreigner playing basketball with all the local boys, most likely that will be Jockey Club Humanity Hall’s very own British-Nigerian exchange student, Kuba CHIAGOROM.
Besides Jackie Chan’s movie, particularly Rush Hour, and the idea of Kung Fu practiced by the general population, Kuba’s decision to come to Hong Kong was also greatly influenced by his curiosity over what a collectivist society would be like. The neuroscience student from University of Essex was interested in finding the difference between Hong Kong and UK.
There was a lot of stereotypes about oriental civilization that he was able to disprove – one of the most obvious one was the mediocre English he thought the locals would have as it was how the media portrays it to be. After having lived in this city for more than 7 months, he would constantly call home defending how Chinese food is actually like and how Chicken Chow Mein is non-existent in the area where it supposedly came from.
He does see a significant difference from the way society functions here; Hong Kong’s community structure is fiercely hierarchical – and very often the locals do as they are told which could affect their common sense. However, on a more positive note, he saw that students were all very inviting and welcoming. Back in his home university, he would stay with his own cliques. No one just jumps from one group of friends to the other. In fact it was because of acquaintances outside his normal group that he was brought to Dimsum. Apparently, Nigeria has a similar dish to pig’s intestine (Ju Cheung) called Shaky which taste and looks exactly the same like its Chinese counterpart.
The warmth of hall culture changed him a lot as a person. According to him, everyone in England has their own rooms but living with someone has made him become more self-aware. Being friends with people from different cultural backgrounds has taught him to try and look at situations from a different point of view. He has become more understanding even with people who has opinions that he doesn’t agree with. Kuba mentioned that he probably wouldn’t change if it wasn’t for Hong Kong’s culture. In fact, he is actually nervous of going back home and trying to fit in with a new and different cultural perspective.
One thing for sure that he will miss about Hong Kong is its basketball culture. He can go to Mongkok or Tsim Sha Tsui and play spontaneously three-on-three with strangers. Basketball is not as big in London – he would have to go through the trouble of booking a court in advance just to play his favorite sport. Another thing that he would miss is the C+ drink – so if you see him in the court bring him a can and he will definitely love you.
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Images: Kuba CHIAGOROM (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
文: Julianne DIONISIO (賽馬會敬賢堂)
譯: 駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
圖: Kuba CHIAGOROM (賽馬會敬賢堂)
Many of us have watched in anticipation the last match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. We glue our eyes to the television, with one hand in our popcorn bucket, to watch the Fight of the Century. However, have we ever stepped back from the world of violent boxing and maybe think of something more… eastern? Our knowledge about martial arts is very limited to the number of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies we watch during our childhood days and that too, we are more focused on the perfectly choreographed moves and sound effects. Today, we explore the world of Hakka Kung Fu, one of the most distinctive and important martial arts systems in South China.
The Hakka clan first emerged out of the “misty mountains” where Fujian and Guangdong joined, during China’s chaotic period in the early Qing. The Hakka martial arts developed along with the development of Hakka as a clan. When the Hakka masters moved from villages to cities, Hakka kung fu also developed into being more ‘modern’.
Held every Monday at 8 pm in March, you could simply walk to the Skygarden to learn this form of Kung fu. It was open for every level and everyone was learning together, so don’t worry about being an awkward small potato. Listening to the grunts of the other participants, I was intrigued to try out this new martial art as well.
It was honestly quite the experience! Master WONG was particularly meticulous about our stance, and we had to hold in a half squat position for at least 5 minutes. Way to work on those glutes! The air punches proved to be a good stress reliever as well. With the wind blowing in my face, it felt more like a refreshment instead of a workout.
There were quite a lot of participants too! Here’s what they have to say about the workshop:
“I was honestly quite scared at first! I usually do yoga so being exposed to martial arts—with the grunts and air punches—was quite shocking for me! However, it was a new experience. I could never experience this in my home country.”
– Sophie BRANDSTRUP, Hall 10, Exchange Student, Business Communication
“This is a really good workout session for me. The timing fits with my schedule well and I was really inspired by the teacher’s passion towards the sport. He’s in his own bubble!”
– Camille PIOT, HSBC Prosperity Hall, Exchange Student, Finance
“I will definitely come again if there were upcoming events like this! I have always been interested in martial arts but never had the opportunity to try it. Now that I tried it, I’m hooked!”
– Minxin ZHU, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Energy Science & Engineering
Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer: REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
── Sophie BRANDSTRUP（舍堂十 / 商務傳播系交流生）
── Camille PIOT（滙豐業昕堂 / 金融系交流生）
── 朱敏華（李兆基堂 / 能源科學及工程學系二年級）
文: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: 任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
Huffing and panting as I made my way to AC3’s Bistro, I was 5 minutes late (as per usual) to my lunch meeting. Sunyeol PARK (Hall 11, Year 4, Finance) was already there, patiently waiting and greeting me with his smile. We had a few classes together and had a few occasions where we checked our homework together. From our few encounters, I got to know that Sun, who was born in South Korea, spent most of his adolescent life– 7 years to be exact– in India.
After finishing his elementary school in Korea, Sun wanted something more. He wanted to explore the world outside of Korea. A family friend opened up the idea of studying in India and so with a leap of faith and a bunch of courage, he and his sister packed their bags and went to India for a new start.
His life in India was not without a struggle. The extreme difference in culture, as well as language barrier, was the toughest challenge he had to overcome. He mentioned how in class, his Indian friends would speak to each other in Hindi and he would ask them to speak in English, but to no avail. It was a constant battle to fit in, but in the end, he realized that while he’s in India, there is no fault to try to blend in and learn their language. He took notes and picked up the language.
The battle to fit in did not end there. It is quite obvious that Koreans and Indians do not share any similar features appearance-wise, and he was often treated differently because of it. When he took the public transport, quite often whispers and even rude comments would follow. Being able to understand the language, he often found himself in a difficult situation—the constant battle of wanting to stand up for himself but also realizing that he was in another country and he needed to behave accordingly.
“Do you ever regret it? Going to India?” I asked. He shook his head, “I never once regretted going to India. I used to be very shy but now I am more outspoken.” Despite the hardships he went through, it had made him a stronger person. He made valuable friends and learned valuable life lessons. If there was one thing I admired most in Sun, it was his independence. Being apart from his family for such a long time, he was able to make decisions for himself, be it good or bad. He’s not afraid to stand up for himself when he has to. I still sometimes complain to my mom when things don’t go my way, but hearing his story made me hung my head in shame. While I need someone to constantly reassure me that I’m doing the right thing, Sun is ready to step out of his comfort zone and reach it.
Coming to Hong Kong was also solely his decision. He wanted to further explore his opportunities in an English-speaking country, so here he is now at Hong Kong, pursuing a degree in Finance. He initially aspired to be a banker, but as we all know, university is the place where we grow and figure out what we really like, so now Sun is looking at his options to become a consultant as he enjoys talking to people.
Our meeting had to be cut short due to another appointment I have, but I left the place more inspired than ever. We tend to cling to our own people. Locals hang out with other locals, Indonesians hang out with other Indonesians, Koreans hang out with other Koreans and Indians hang out with other Indians. We don’t go out of our way to really get to know new people, except for the exceptional handful of other international friends we say hi to. We tend to stick with our own people because it feels more comfortable, and sometimes stepping out of our comfort zone is a bit easier said than done. However, we should learn from Sun. Despite the challenges we may face when we meet new people and new culture, we can always gain something from it in the end. University is the place for you to know yourself better, and with the diverse culture in CityU and the Student Residence, it is the perfect place for you to grow and challenge yourself day by day.
Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
慣性遲到五分鐘的我用急促的步伐喘着氣地往劉鳴煒學術樓（AC3）的西式餐廳走去。剛到達餐廳，就看見PARK Sunyeol（舍堂十一 / 經濟學系四年級）正耐心地坐在某一枱，以微笑迎接著我。我們曾經一起上課，亦曾經有過幾次一起複習作業的機會。在這些交流的機會當中，我認識了Sun。他雖然在南韓出生，大部分的少年生活卻是在印度渡過的，達七年之多。
文: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯: 何栢妮 (李兆基堂)