[Diversity at CityU]
By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
They always say we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Well, I’d like to take a break from that vicious circle and take stock of the biggest blessings we have a CityU by relating one of my experiences to you.
In my opinion the biggest blessing we have here at the Student Residence is the diversity that is available to us. We literally have the collective experiences of persons from every corner of the world available to us – we can discover the cultural differences between one another and find out what our different views are of current events.
For example, just this week I had conversations with my Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese friends to discover their different views on the V-Day celebrations. I had a conversation with my Catalonian friend about the recent rallies they had in Catalonia earlier this week. I spoke with my Russian friend about his views on Russia’s support for Syria and with chatted with Ukrainian friend about his views on the war going on there currently.
Well then you ask how is this any different from just opening an international newspaper and reading it for myself? Simple – by talking about these events with people around us we can get the unfiltered and honest views of what is really going on in the world. And hopefully, if we do this for long enough we might just have a better understanding of the world around us.
文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)