[Diversity at CityU]【多元化的城大】

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[Diversity at CityU]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Image: gentryhall2.weebly.com

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.

【多元化的城大】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)

譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: gentryhall2.weebly.com

大家常說人總是失去了才懂得珍惜,現在我要打破這個惡性循環,我想用自己的經歷告訴大家身在城大是件多麼幸運的事。

在我看來住在學生宿舍最大的幸運就是這裡的觸手可及的多元文化,來自世界各地的人同我們分享他們的經歷,我們可以探究文化的差異,探討對時事的不同看法。

例如,就在這周,我分別與來自大陸和台灣的朋友討論了二戰勝利慶祝的問題,他們的觀點不盡相同;與加泰羅尼亞的朋友討論幾天前發生在他家鄉的集會;我和俄羅斯的朋友討論他對俄羅斯支持敘利亞的觀點,和烏克蘭的朋友討論發生在那裡的戰爭。

你是不是想要問這與打開國際報刊自己閱讀有什麼區別呢?這個問題很簡單,和身邊的人討論這些問題我們能得到最純粹觀點和想法,可以知道真正發生了什麼。希望如果我們長期這樣與不同文化背景的人們交流,可以幫助我們更好地認識這個世界。

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