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!
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
Thanks to a success of the martial art movie Ip Man, Wing Chun Kungfu has seen a surge in popularity in Hong Kong as group of 25 students gather every Thursday at Multi-functional Hall B to learn some ancient Chinese martial arts from Master CHAN Wai Shing. Among them are City University students and staff.
According to Master CHAN who has been practicing Wing Chun for 17 years, this system of Kungfu can be acquired via four basic forms or weapons, namely “Jong” (wooden dummy), knife, pole and “Chi Sau”(sticking hands). CHAN said the one-month course gives entry-level students an opportunity to learn the basics of Wing Chun, as well as its history and future development. But he stressed that beginners must practice regularly to get the hang of the techniques.
“People join for different reasons. Some come for self-defense and others to spread the Chinese traditional art. Personally, I am here to share it with others via practicing and teaching Wing Chun. I would also like to share with practitioners the optimum and ultimate deployment of physical striking power in this form of Kung Fu. This is a form of art in its own right,” Master CHAN said.
Through a series of demonstrations, Master CHAN explained the function of every movement in detail and splited students into small groups for training purposes.
He added that the “Tan Sau”, “Fu Sau” and “Pong Sau” are exercises to train practitioners’ elbow strength and Centerline, which is reckoned to be the human body’s prime striking targets. Traditionally the centerline is considered to be the vertical axis from the top of a human’s head to the groin. Only after acquiring this skill that a student can utilize Bruce Li’s famous “Chuen Ging”–literally “inch strike”–or a very strong bash at a close combat range of one inch.
Furthermore, it is through relentless practicing and a full grasp of the spirit of Wing Chun can one really showcase the art of this world renowned Kung Fu.
In a humble comment, CHAN said he is always a student in front of his teacher. “Occasionally my teacher made a few useful observations while I was practicing and the words really helped me to improve my techniques. But once I have conquered one mountain, I realize that there is a taller summit ahead and the art of mastering of the skill is a lifelong process.”
Nowadays, some people may say that a smart brain is more useful than skillful fists, but how many can actually get a full scope of the principles behind the Wing Chun martial art? Wing Chun’s simple but effective styles and well-balanced body structure have been likened to the behavior of many traditional Chinese virtues such as a humble beginning of having one’s feet firmly rooted to the ground prior to a sprawling expansion.
When asked if one can rely on teaching Wing Chun to make a living, Master CHAN shook his head and said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea because one can hardly survive on the low income. I think most teachers do it for inheritance, to pass on the skill to the next generation.”
Writer: LOCK Kar See (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Photographer: Jiwon JEONG (Joceky Club Academy Hall)
Minutes before the final competition of Professor Edmond Ko Cup 2016/17, Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall has already been filled up by student residents sitting with their respected halls. Dedicated supporters didn’t mind sitting on the stairs with their neon-lit banners and hall t-shirts. If hall belongingness couldn’t be described by words this event would be the perfect picture to show it.
As the competition started, darkness of the auditorium giving all the spot light on to the stage and the performers. The solo performance was marked with such high energy start from a rap song “I” by WANG Yuhao (Chan Sui Kau Hall, Year 3, Environmental Policy). There was a great variety of songs that were performed from western ballad love songs to Chinese classic, from Canto pop songs to alternative rock. Not only vocal skills were apparent but their emotions took over the whole atmosphere.
As amazing as the competitors were, the guest performances also took the auditorium by storm. CHAN Ying Chun (Hall 10, Year 4, Business Analysis) electrified the room when he showed off his juggling skills. Spinning, turning and tossing surely got everyone surprised. Savannah WEI (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) and Ivana ZHANG (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 1, Computing Mathematics) performed “Come On, Get Higher” and mesmerized the audience with a touch of light acoustic.
It was amazing to see the crowd go from utter silence, showing deep respect and attention for the performance, suddenly roars and hall chants took over right after every performance.
The group performance was the main highlight – with complicated and synchronized dance choreography that has been practiced for weeks and hours, to the dynamic transition of their formations that looks like it has been planned intricately.
The group performances made the audience feel as if they were in a paid concert. Creativity was apparent in the way the performers mashed up multiple songs into one; doing their own rendition and adding a bit of themselves on to songs that we would normally hear on Spotify.
Final guest performers were, Mr. LEUNG Lappong, alumnus from Jockey Club Academy Hall, to the rock band of Sustain both doing their own versions of popular Cantonese songs.
Everyone held their breath, anticipated cheers rested at the back of everyone’s throat; Judges and important guests came up on stage to announce the winner. Taking the first place for solo performance was Edly WAI’s (Residence Tutor of Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 1, Juris Doctor) “Tian Xia Wu Shuang (天下無雙)”, that classic Chinese song with high pitched voice surely deserves this award. Sharing the Champion banner were CHEUNG Yuen Yan’s (Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) “Million Reasons” and HUI Ka Hang’s (Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 1, Undeclared) “I Know You Are Sad (我知道你很難過). The announcement then moved to the group performance awards with Qoo&Nam of Alumni Civility Hall taking up the second place, The Puppets of Jockey Club Humanity Hall taking up the first place, and Seventh Harmony of Jockey Club Harmony Hall taking up the Champion.
The Final Show of PEK Cup was then unveiled. Scores from the PEK sports events were tallied up and the Trophy Cup was brought to the stage and the whole auditorium heated up. The second runner-up… Hall 10, the first runner-up… Jockey Club Humanity Hall, and finally the final Cup was given to Jockey Club Harmony Hall!
THAT WAS THE WRAP of PEK Cup 2016 – 2017! Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Emily JIA (Hall 11), REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
I still remember the day when I first heard of the name of Leonardo David TAY (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 1, English Studies). I have never met him before. Yet, when I attended the first lecture of English major in Year 2, my good friend told me, “Oh, I have just met a new friend who is in the same major as us. He is very kind!” Since then, I’ve known David, who is now my group-mate. Whenever we encounter difficulties in our project, he was able to put forward creative and specific solutions. I found him very thoughtful. So when I thought of Through the Looking Glass, the one who immediately flashed into my mind was David.
David is of Indonesian nationality, but of Chinese ethnicity. He attended high school in his home country and came here to CityU to pursue further education.
David has pinpointed the reason for choosing Hong Kong and CityU back to a representative’s visit to his school when he was about to apply to university. From there, his curiosity led him to research more about Hong Kong, since he realized that he has overlooked the city. To his delight, there seems to be much to offer: quality education abroad, a cultural display of East and West, and a buzzing metropolis.
When compared to Hong Kong, David thinks his home country is still under development and has to overcome a few hurdles before finding its stride to become a leading country. Suffice to say, Hong Kong is pretty impressive to David in many aspects, such as infrastructure, food, and culture, to name a few. However, he never recognizes Indonesia as a dump. Indonesia is still home, what with its diverse spices, warm people and spirit.
It’s never easy for David to come to Hong Kong. In Indonesia, his family took good care of him. Yet, he had to leave home for four years and come to this unfamiliar place alone. This unique experience has allowed David to leave his comfort zone and learn how to live in a different environment. Fortunately, David did not encounter too much difficulties here and he adapted to Hong Kong’s lifestyle successfully. He particularly likes how compact and within reach everything is here. It’s simple and convenient to use the Octopus card and MTR. Despite the fast pace that brings about, David is allowed to do more in a shorter amount of time.
It is worth mentioning that apart from his wish to explore a completely unfamiliar city, there is an additional reason of why David is here. He talked about how tough his father was to work hard and help in shaping his principles. His father had so much faith in him rather than questioning him. All these have been motivations for David and he is driven to perform better in achieving his goals.
David likes writing, this leads him to study English as a major. He likes scribbling or typing words onto an empty page. He likes to do what makes him happy and earn from it. He seeks opportunities, and fortunately, he thinks CityU has served him up in excess. David is meeting new people and learning new perspectives as he goes, writing in new ways. When it comes to his aspirations, David points out that he has similar wishes as the others in hopes to establish a peaceful society through mutual communication and respect.
With his family’s support and encouragement, David came to Hong Kong with just one idea in mind: to explore an unfamiliar place thoroughly. Apart from experiencing a new lifestyle, he hopes to broaden his visions so as to improve oneself. David believes that “as long as there is an idea in your mind, you should put it into practice in order to make your own progress”.
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Images: Leonardo David TAY (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
還記得初次聽說Leonardo David TAY（胡應湘爵士伉儷堂/英文學系一年級）這個名字的時候，我還沒有見過他。那時候才剛剛開學，二年級的我第一次上英文系的課，就聽見我的好朋友說：「剛剛認識了一位同樣來自英文系的新朋友，十分友善，跟他聊天起來才知道他是印尼華裔呢！」就這樣，我認識了David，後來更和他成為了分組報告的組員。
David 來到香港生活實在不簡單。當初在印尼有家人的照顧，現在卻要離開家人四年，獨自一人來到陌生的地方生活。然而，這樣的經驗卻能夠讓David 離開自己一直習慣了的生活模式，去學習怎樣在不同的環境下生活。幸運的是， David 在香港未有遇到太多困難，順利地適應了這裡的生活。此外，David 認為其中一個生活在香港的好處就是方便，所有地方都可以輕易到達，而急速的生活節奏更可以令 David 的工作效率上升。
David 熱愛寫作，這也是他修讀英文系的原因。他喜歡把空白的紙張上填滿自己的文字，沒有特定的範疇，只希望做自己喜歡的事，並從中學習。他希望能夠不㫁尋找機會增值自己，而幸運的是，大學的生活為他帶來不同的機會。Daivd 不斷的認識新朋友，學懂從不同的角度看事物，令自己成為一個想法更全面的人。提及到自己的願望時，David 表示其實他的願望與很多人的願望一樣，只是希望透過互相溝通及尊重來建立和平的社會。