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Peter Li was born and raised in Hong Kong. He spent 32 years in the United States before returning to Hong Kong and has been serving as the Director of the International Office at HKBU since September 2006. He began his work in international education in 1983 and worked at two major publicly funded institutions in the US. Before his return to Hong Kong, he was the Associate Dean of International Students and Scholars at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.


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Be a Student Ambassador!
2009-11-19 15:20:42.0 網誌分類: 我的專業
 

As an HKBU student, I think you would have met a numbers of foreign students on campus.  Have you ever thought about making friends with them?  I know it’s hard to take the initiative to go up to them and introduce yourself, but here’s a good opportunity!

The International Office is now recruiting student ambassadors to welcome incoming exchange students to HKBU.  This is a chance to make friends with students from all over the world, and to share with them the unique Hong Kong and Chinese culture as well as to learn about foreign cultures from them. 

Being an ambassador means being outgoing and on-the-move.  Every semester, we organise many activities to introduce exchange students to Hong Kong, such as site visits to famous cultural landmarks.  They are often very excited to see those places and ask our student ambassadors a lot of questions. You could also assist in the International Student Orientation such as airport pickup, campus tours, and organising activities for exchange students throughout the semester.

We are also recruiting committee members for the Global Café, which aims to promote cross-cultural exchange and provides an avenue for informal interaction. The programme is presented on alternate Tuesday evenings, and each gathering has a specific theme ranging from the celebration of festivals (e.g. Mid-Autumn Festival, Halloween, Chinese New Year, etc) to the introduction of other countries and cultures to music/movie appreciation. Click here to check out our photographs and get a taste of past events.

All students from all disciplines/ programmes are welcome to join us.  Let’s join hands enthusiastically to build an international campus at HKBU! 

Enroll by filling out and returning the sign-up form (click to open) to the International Office via email at exchange@hkbu.edu.hk on or before 11 December 2009 (Friday).

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Past Memories of Hong Kong
2009-07-03 17:21:44.0 網誌分類: 生活分享
 

My past memories of Hong Kong were not that great!

When I left Hong Kong for the United States in 1974, I left a place where I thought much needed to be improved. 

To start off, the name "Hong Kong", supposedly to mean "Fragrant Harbour", was not living up to its name, for every time I took the ferry across the Victoria Harbour, the unforgettable stench from the heavily polluted water made me sick.  Then, there were the people's bad habits and practices that would irritate me to no end.   Spitting was such a common sight at most street corners.  People elbowing their way and rushing to get on public transportation without lining up were just a fact of life. Many seemed to enjoy throwing garbage everywhere on the streets.  There were also bullies on the streets in Mongkok or Yaumati that I would not even dare to stare at when I walked by them.  It was not even too difficult to sight a uniformed policeman taking money in broad day light in some back alley once a traffic violator was caught. 

One time, when I was still a teenager, I was walking along in my neighborhood and a bum hassled me and accused me of beating up his sister.  Evidently, he wanted some money from me but I managed to rush to a store manager whom I knew and asked him to call my mother. The bum took off from the store quickly upon learning that his plot was not working as well as he originally planned. 

On another occasion, when I was playing soccer with another friend in a public soccer field, I was bullied by a few rough-looking young men who told us that they had reserved the field and ordered me to leave immediately.  Needless to say, we were not happy campers but came to the conclusion that we had better comply as they had far too many people on their side for us to oppose.  I was happy to leave this place and ready to experience something different by going abroad.

Rolling things forward a bit, in 2006, the year that I returned back to Hong Kong to work, I noticed that things had changed quite drastically in the 32 years' span.  Of course, there was a gap of 32 years after all.  However, I must stress that just because 32 years have passed, that does not necessarily mean that things ought to be changing for the better.  After all, I have gone to countries and places that have been quite the same or may even have regressed over three decades' time, but Hong Kong has definitely changed for the better!

Thanks to the effective and efficient organization of the Civil Service in Hong Kong, this place has grown to become a well respected world city that outsiders generally brag about how easy it is to live and work here. People's habits and practices in this cosmopolitan metropolis have also changed to the effect that they would line up orderly for public transportation. People here generally show great politeness and courtesy where they serve the general public and that they do not seem to litter as much anymore.  These days, on occasions when I go to Mongkok and Yaumati, I even feel comfortable combing through the streets there and I don't normally have to cover my nose when I walk along the harbour front anymore.  I believe that as people get better educated and with the diligent help from the government leading the ways through public education and re-education, things have improved drastically and this ought to make Hong Kong people proud!  Well done, Hong Kong! I am glad to be part of this vibrant community!

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My Lifestyle
2009-06-17 22:37:49.0 網誌分類: 生活分享
 

One of the many things that I can share at work with my students is my personal experiences of studying abroad. Many years ago, when I first applied and was accepted into a college in the United States, I must admit that I had somewhat of a mixed feeling. On the one hand, I was excited about the opportunity that I was given to learn new things and experience a new culture. On the other hand, I was also very scared; for it was my very first time leaving home and traveling abroad. I also chose a small liberal arts college called Berea College in central Kentucky. The little town of Berea only had 7,000 people at the time as compared with a population of about 4 million in Hong Kong then. After some serious thoughts, I finally decided to give it a try.

To be quite honest, it was hard to get used to the setting and lifestyle there when I first arrived there. The boring countryside setting, the birds’ noisy chirps made in the wees hour of the morning, the lack of public transportation, the unfamiliar southern drawl and the weird food I was served made the place less than desirable. However, bit by bit, little by little, I was able to make many friends in this small college town setting and people there were quite friendly and were deeply interested in learning more about me as a person. I also interacted well with the teaching staff there and I was invited to many of the professors’ home for occasional dinners. I joined the host family program for the whole four years while I was there and for a couple of those years, I stayed with my “families” for Christmas breaks and was actively involved in their holiday celebration activities. Of course, I sang for the Chapel Choir and had lots of fun touring with the group to all corners of the eastern part of the United States during Easter and semester breaks. As times went, all these things that used to bug me so much such as the boring setting, the southern drawl and the weird food, subsided. By the time I was ready to graduate, I really hated to leave the place where I “grew” and learned so much.

I would not trade my undergraduate experience at Berea for anything! I was able to overcome my fear at one point in time to be willing to keep an open mind and try new things. My undergraduate experiences have turned a new chapter in my life. I hope all our youngsters will grab the opportunities that may come along the way to enrich their life experiences.

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My Expertise
2009-06-09 20:45:44.0 網誌分類: 我的專業
 

Many years ago, when I was in the United States, I had the good fortune of working with one of the exchange students from Hong Kong.  She was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to Hong Kong when she was approximately 12 years old.  She did not enroll in one of the big name secondary schools in Hong Kong since she had a bit of a struggle learning her ropes in order to function well in her newly adopted place of residence when she first arrived here.  However, due to her hard work and positive attitude, she was able to do well both in her Certificate of Education as well as her Advanced Level examinations that she managed to earn a place in one of the most prestigious universities in Hong Kong.  That was how I got to know her up close and personal.

In her junior year, she was sent by this institution in Hong Kong as an exchange student and went to the US with a full intention of using the time abroad to challenge herself to see how she would fit into the new culture and environment.  I got to know her at the orientation program I ran not long after her arrival in the United States.  Right after the first semester started, she hit the ground running and found herself busy engaging in various activities such as joining academic clubs on campus, volunteering her time with under-privileged children, attending church and religious activities, presenting cultural materials about Hong Kong to local service clubs and organizations, among other things.  Through these involvements, she was able to extend her circle of friends and learn many new things.  The second semester she was there, she was elected the President of the International Student Association.  She acquired new knowledge and problem solving skills and was able to develop her people skill big time.  Throughout that year she spent time with us, she would come to my office routinely to ask various questions and bring up different issues and concerns to equip herself to cope with the everyday challenges in this new cultural environment.  All in all, she had such a positive and enjoyable experience there that it was even difficult for her to say good-bye to all her friends when it was time for her to depart to go back home to Hong Kong to resume her studies there.  A year later, after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Hong Kong, she decided to pursue professional studies in the US.  She chose Law as her field and was accepted into quite a few of the prestigious universities in the US.  She eventually chose the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a law degree.  Today, she is a well-respected and successful professional in Hong Kong and we still keep in touch with each other even after all these years.  What a success story it is!

One of the most gratifying things working in the area of international education is the fact that we are able to make a difference in people’s lives.  The impact and power of a study abroad experience can be easily felt.  I hope to be able to motivate more of our HKBU students to engage in this worthy academic pursuit in the future years to come.

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