Assimilation to the Hong Kong Culture

In China by Eller Student

When I first arrived in Hong Kong, I’m not going to lie, I was a little taken back by all of the craziness going on around me.  Hong Kong has got to be the most crowded city in the world; it is unbelieveable.  Every day when I get on the MTR to go to work I can barely move my arms.  I can hardly walk down to the street when I go home after work.  Everyone is always yelling at me in Chinese or staring at me because I am the American who doesn’t know what’s going on.

Well now that I am into the swing of things, Hong Kong doesn’t seem like such a bad place anymore.  After awhile you start to feel like you are almost Chinese yourself.  I think I fit in better now and people don’t have to stop and look at me and think, “What is this kid doing in Hong Kong? Go home!”  I have started to love the strange, but oddly delicious dim sum.  I am starting to enjoy looking at all the tourist who have no idea what is going on around them, and I think to myself “Glad I’m not that guy!”  It’s pretty funny when you think of it… that only a month ago I was a stranger to this place, when now I feel like by the end of this trip I will really know what it is like to live and really experience Hong Kong.  I am very grateful for my time here so far because it has opened me up to a new culture that I was not aware existed before.  This is a wonderful learning experience for me, and I only hope that it will continue from here.