Cultural Shock in HK?

In China by Eller Student

— By Kingston Song

The first week in Hong Kong was special. I think I am familiar with the city, but I am not. On the one hand, I love to see all the amazing buildings in the business section as well as the huge malls along with MTR right through them; while on the other hand, I still can’t get used to the direction of traffic in here, the rain, and most importantly, the language.

As a matter of fact, not a lot of people speak Mandarin in HK which is something I did not expect. Every time I shop at the malls or speak to someone on the street, I always need to think about the better language to use. Once, a lady asked me something about MTR in cantonese. I thought about it for a while, and told her that I did’t know, in English. During my working hours, English is the only language I speak. To be honest, I love that part of work because I’m using everything I’ve been learning in the States to finish my job. The knowledge, and the language.

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Hong Kong is a special part of China. There might be some political issues involved, but I do think that HK is like a bridge that connects the world. With that being said, I feel comfortable working in Hong Kong and I bet I am going to have some extremely valuable experiences at STI wealth management company in the next two months.