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Cross-Cultural Integration

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Sharing from Host Families

We had a nice meal gathering before the Chinese New Year. I shared with my two host daughters about the traditional customs like going to flower market and visiting relatives at CNY

Host Mother Ms WONG Ka Wing Jessica (Left) and her hostees Ms SERIK Alina (Middle) and Ms SATAROVA Amina (Right)

We had dinner with another host family at Chinese restaurant. Food can break down all the cultural boundaries.

Host Mother Ms WONG Ka Wing Jessica (Left) and her hostee Ms SERIK Alina (Right)

I am glad to join the host family scheme this year. It is a meaningful program to connect staff members with international students to promote cultural exchange and establish bonding. It is exciting to meet my two host daughters, Alina and Amina. I shared with them about Lingnan facilities and events and introduced Chinese culture during different traditional festivals. Studying abroad is not an easy task, especially during the pandemic. The host family scheme is an excellent program to help international students adapt to this new home and feel the warm welcome from Lingnanians. I highly recommend staff members join this program. Having good food together is always a great start to breaking the boundaries and starting a conversation. I like this program and feel thankful to know my two host daughters.

 

Ms WONG Ka Wing Jessica

Office of Service-Learning

Host Family of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2021-22

 


Host family photo

Host mother Ms Candy Liu (front row, 3rd from right) with her hostees (front row 1st and 2nd from right) at Welcome Lunch

Each year, Lingnan University admitted non-local students from Mainland China and all over the world. Non-local students left their hometowns and home countries to settle down in a relatively unfamiliar place. This is a great challenge for them. I am glad to be one of the host families for several years. I shared local culture with my hostees, helped them to understand the cultural differences and adjust to the new lives in Hong Kong. What is more, they talked to me when they encountered any difficulties in their studies and daily lives. All these interactions contributed to our strong and long-lasting friendships.

Thank you Lingnan for providing this "heartful services" for the non-local students. This scheme made them feel like they are at home even though they are far away from their hometowns and home countries. I will continue to take care of these students and show my gratitude to Lingnan with my action.

 

Ms Candy LIU

Jockey Club New Hall (G)

Host Family of Lingnan Host Scheme 2020-21

 


Host father Dr Mok Kam Ming and his hostees

Host Father Dr MOK Kam Ming (middle) and his hostees

Host Family Scheme is a meaningful programme which can help foreign students to adapt to the new life in Hong Kong. 2019-20 was a special year that we had to keep strong to overcome many challenges. Especially during the pandemics, we supported each other via the instant messaging platform. By sharing news and sending messages to each other, bonding was building up among the “family members”. It doesn’t need to be long, but a simple word “Cheers! 加油!” is already a huge boost! I am glad that the Host Family Scheme provided a platform for us (Mentor and Mentees) to stand together, and be a FAMILY!

 

Dr MOK Kam Ming

Office of Student Affairs

Host Family of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2019-20

 


 

Ms Nans Leung and her hostee at spring dinner gathering

Host Mother Ms Nans LEUNG (right) and her hostee

Ms Nans Leung and her hostee and family

Host Mother Ms Nans LEUNG (middle) and her hostees and family

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Nans Leung and her hostees at Welcome Lunch

Host Mother Ms Nans LEUNG (middle) and her hostees

 

“Hello, everyone! I joined the Host Family Scheme since 2018. What motivates me to continue participating in this scheme is I want to make myself a reason someone believes in the goodness of people. Trust me - it is one of the best programmes in Lingnan University to promote cultural exchange and provide a pleasant environment to build mentorship. I am proud to have host daughters Kani, Cheryl and Phoebe sharing their dreams, daily lives and exciting stories with my family and me. When they encountered difficulties, they would approach me and discuss the solutions. One important note is food brings people together! I will invite my hostees to join the family meals during festive days and share the traditional cultures with them. I hope they have a fruitful experience in Lingnan and Hong Kong.”

 

Ms LEUNG Wing Yee Nans

Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies

Host Family of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2019-20

 

 


Sharing from Student Participants 

Host Father Dr. LAM Man Chuen, Frank (Right) and his hostee Mr NURKAIDAR Temirlan (Left)

Host Father Dr. LAM Man Chuen, Frank (Right) and his hostee Mr NURKAIDAR Temirlan (Left)

Host Father Dr. LAM Man Chuen, Frank had a BBQ dinner with his youngest daughter Charmaine and hostee Mr NURKAIDAR Temirlan

My Host Father, Dr. Lam Man Chuen, Frank and I was first met at the Lingnan cafeteria. My first impression of Dr. Lam was that he is energetic and such a kind person. We talked about Kazakhstan and Hong Kong, as well as the culture, traditions and privileges of the indigenous people of Hong Kong. We also showed each other photos of our families and came to a conclusion that the faces are somewhat similar.

After meeting with Dr. Lam, a desire of learning Cantonese was appeared in my mind. Dr. Lam recommended me one language-learning mobile application developed by his previous institute. Moreover, Dr. Lam watched and was impressed by my performance of playing Kazakh national musical instrument - Dombra in the University-wide event “RE:Imagine Flea Market”. Another enjoyable experience is that I had a Korean BBQ dinner with Dr. Lam and his youngest daughter Charmaine. We talked about some interesting facts of Hong Kong and Australia, and practiced some Cantonese at the dinner. Great thanks to Dr. Lam! With his care, support and advice, I was able to adapt to Hong Kong culture and life quickly, make more new friends and most importantly, I was being motivated to do more sports.

Now I'm not in Hong Kong, but we still have good relations with each other. I’m looking forward to our next meeting.

 

Mr NURKAIDAR Temirlan

Year 2, BBA, Non-local student from Kazakhstan

Participant of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2021-22

 


Student participant with her host mother

Host Mother Ms Nans LEUNG and her (Right) and hostees ZHONG Shixin (Left)

I am really grateful to the Lingnan Host Family Scheme and my host mother Nans' help for me. As a non-local student, when I first came to Lingnan, I was very anxious and worried. My host mother helped me get familiar with the new environment and made me feel that studying at Lingnan is warm and happy. We are both foodies. Nans usually takes me to try all kinds of delicious food near our school, from seafood hotpot to dessert, helping me get acquainted with the surroundings. As for our relationship, it is not just like host mother and daughter, but more like close friends. She has always supported me and gave me a lot of meaningful suggestions. I remember she gave me a chocolate bar when I was facing the final exam; She helped me prepare for the interview … All these supports really touched me. Above all, I felt very lucky to be able to participate in the Lingnan Host Family Scheme and met my host mother. It is an unforgettable and memorable experience for me.

 

Miss Zhong Shixin, Cici

Year 4, BSS, Non-local student from Mainland China

Participant of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2020-21

 


Bliss and her host mother Ms Mabel Mak

Host Mother Ms Mabel MAK and her hostees Bliss TAN Xiao Qian (Right) and CUI Yueying (Left)

 

"By joining the Lingnan Host Family Scheme, not only could I adapt more easily to a new environment but I also build close relationships with my host family. My host mother, Ms. Mabel Mak has supported and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone by trying new things.  She is always willing to help me when I encounter difficulties.  The hospitality and warmth provided by my host family make me feel like home.  Overall, it was a rewarding and remarkable experience.  I am deeply grateful that Lingnan University offers this fabulous scheme for the non-local students!"

 

Miss Bliss TAN Xiao Qian

Year 2, BA, Non-local student from Malaysia

Participant of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2019-20

 


Wang Ziming and her host mother Dr Zhang Yue

Host Mother Prof ZHANG Yue (Right) and hostee WANG Ziming (Left)

“As a first year non-local student, I was lack of the sense of belonging and afraid of facing the different culture in Hong Kong when I first came to Lingnan University. My host mom, Prof. Zhang helped me a lot. She encouraged me to embrace the new environment and culture. We had wonderful experiences of going hiking, chatting about our favorite pop music and having New Year dinner together. The most unforgettable part was, we celebrated my 18th birthday at her home together and it really touched me. I am grateful for Prof. Zhang’s care and love. Also, I really appreciate the Host Family Scheme!”

 

Miss WANG Ziming

Year 2, BBA, Non-local students from Mainland China

Participant of Lingnan Host Family Scheme 2018-19