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Prophecy Fulfilling

As I look back on the essays I wrote before leaving, postulating what I would get out of an experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, I find that most every prediction came true. I began my study of Chinese to explore a strong budding interest in Asian language and culture. Check. I brought my violin

我看不懂汉字(I see, but don’t understand Chinese characters.)

When I first landed in Hong Kong, only of the most striking features of the new city-scape was, naturally, that Chinese characters were everywhere. Initially knowing next-to-nothing, I have grown to find the city to be like an elaborate puzzle or mystery: the more characters I come to learn and recognize, the more meaning I

Elevator and escalator etiquette

If you want to stand on an escalator, be sure to stand on the right. If you wish to walk up or down the escalator, do so quickly on the left. As for elevators, if you are standing by the door, press the door open button until all nearby passengers may enter the elevator. As

10 things you must have done if you celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival

1. You heard that there once were 10 suns This begins the legend of why Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated. The legend goes (as told by a fellow HKUST student) that 9 of the 10 suns were shot down by a super-strong archer. For his feats, the archer was given two pills that could make him

International FOMO

In these days before I depart for Hong Kong, abandoning the familiar saddens me a bit. Travelling inherently holds this trap: leaving a home, family and friends behind, knowing there will be a senior-year NU football season that I won’t see, and missing the slow but steady transition from sunny days to the blistering but

What a Semester in Asia has Taught Me

Hi everyone, Before I write a lengthy essay about my time abroad, I would like to caption a couple of photos which brings back memories to me every time I look at it.                                            

Three and a Half Months Later…

by Ann Ku   I reminisced on all my good memories, sorrowfully said my goodbyes, packed my bags, and headed back to the US. Though I was happy to see my family, life back home has honestly consisted of a lot of ruminating…   One of the main reasons I studied abroad this semester is because

Final In-country Blog Post

What better way to end my in-country blogging career than to ramble and free-associate random things about Hong Kong and my exchange? Sure, there are probably better ways, but I can’t think of them. As you may be able to tell from the title of this post, my creativity has just about run dry. So,

Hong Kong Culture Part 2: Festivals

Disclaimer: This will be one of my snarkier blog posts since I just finished a final. I don’t mean any offense, everything is a poor attempt at humor. One of the best ways to get to know a culture is by looking at its festivals. With that in mind, I’ve been in Hong Kong for

Hong Kong Food and Culture (part 1)

In this post I’m going to try to sum up what I’ve learned and seen of Hong Kong’s culture duringg my time at HKUST. As many of you probably know, Hong Kong was a British colony up until 1997, and so it has some strong British influences, including its own style of milk tea and