Hong Kong 2005

In the first year of the Global Citizenship Program, half of Cohort I traveled to Hong Kong from December 28-January 6 (the other half traveled to Chile). The trip was led by David Pankenier, Professor of Chinese; and Teaching Fellow Wes Atkinson.
Trip highlights:

  • Lectures at University of Hong Kong
  • Chinese herbal market
  • Meeting with Lehigh Alumni
  • Yacult Factory visit
  • Visit the traditional Lingnan Courtyard House
  • Explore Beijing Road Night Market
  • Bai-he Commune Canton Opera
  • Sightseeing in Hong Kong and Kowloon
  • Meeting with Filipino and other migrant workers
  • Excursion to Lantau Island
  • Tea tasting session at University Museum
  • Evening walking tour
  • Briefing at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
  • Samian Island Colonial Architecture Protection Zone
  • Tomb of the Western Han Dynasty King of Yue
  • Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Chan Family Ancestral Hall
“I learned more today, lost in Hong Kong, than I have in any class. Once we realized we were lost, we settled down and decided to make the best of our situation. Jenny and I stopped at a hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant and sat side by side at a four person table, across from two other ladies. One of them asked our names, in English. As we talked, we discovered that the two ladies were Filipino domestic workers. Both are well educated, separated from their families and haven't seen their children in over a year.  To me there were two really remarkable things about this experience. One, life lessons and revelations, no matter how big or small, surpass anything one can learn in a classroom. Not to say classroom education is not worth-while in the least, but life goes so far beyond the facts, and I think the beyond is the better part of life. Plus, nothing is better than that feeling in your stomach, kind of like a knot, that you get when you think you were just enlightened in the smallest way. And it is so great because you know you are, without a doubt, a better person because of it, and yet it just stumbled your way." –Jenny Bodenstab, Cohort I
“At the end of the street, I found a nice lady frying some pork dumplings. I was drawn by the sizzling of the sesame oil, and the aroma of Chinese food, something unparallel to the smell of a street in the US. She also had a picture menu. I pointed to dumplings, and got two for about twenty-five cents (USD), or two Hong Kong Dollars. She threw them in a plastic bag, and handed them to me. Generally one would eat dumplings with chopsticks, but I was so excited I picked the first one up with my fingers. The dough was hot and slimy, rather difficult to grasp. This was the moment I had been waiting for. With a slight crunch, I sunk my teeth into the dumpling, water and grease from the meat poured into my mouth as I got a chunk of pork, mixed with a plethora of Asian seasonings such as ginger, bamboo, and cabbage. I was in heaven.” Bradley White (center of photo), Cohort I
from left to right:
Students at the Hong Kong airport
Baskets of produce
Volunteering with migrant workers' school children