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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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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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訪客 stevelau2006
2009-08-11 11:29:09.0
Hi Peter, you look great! How's everything with you in HK? I'm Steve Lau from Farimont WV, happen to run into your blog while surfing the net today. Miss you and wonder how ur doing these days! Please drop me a line at stevelau2006@hotmail.com. My blog is at www.fotop.net/stevelau2008. In touch and take care.
 






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