Crossing multi-cultural landscapes

Crossing Multi-Cultural Landscapes_HKUST Student Vanessa Lau and Chicago Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush _thumbFacing the global trend of internationalization and multiculturalism, it is important for us to develop critical thinking with diversified perspectives of the world. It would be a very precious opportunity to gain such knowledge. That is why Vanessa Lau and Matthew Tang are so grateful for having the chance to work in the offices of United States Congressmen.

Supported by the University, the two Global China Studies students under the School of Humanities and Social Science joined an exchange program offered by the Catholic University of America (UCA) at Washington DC. Since January, they have been working as congressional interns in the offices of Chicago Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush and Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young respectively.

Apart from learning from the administrative routines in the office, both Vanessa and Matthew have gained exceptional experiences from their internships. Vanessa was impressed by the rich and diverse cultures of more than 30 states from visiting their offices. Matthew, on the other hand, built up his knowledge on current political issues in the U.S. which he rarely encountered in Hong Kong while researching into the background and critiques of those issues from a non-citizen’s point of view.

Overcoming the language barrier is often a key to bridging different cultures. Both Vanessa and Matthew have managed to overcome the challenge by opening themselves and adapting to the environment in their daily lives. Not only have they obtained invaluable work experiences, but they have also received positive recognitions of their capabilities and competence. Most important of all, they have learnt how to approach global issues with multiple perspectives.

Entering the third year, the Global China Studies program will continue to provide students with further global learning opportunities and an all-round education to enhance their breadth of knowledge about China and global perspective via its curriculum and Capstone Projects.