16. 12. 2018    ISSUE 14


Dear readers,

Almost every corner of the globe has experienced a warming trend in the last century.  Hong Kong is not immune to climate change.  At present, extremely hot days are more frequent while the occurrence of bone-chilling weather has become very rare.  Some people, therefore, find the sudden drop of temperature unbearable.  Many friends of mine put on fleece jackets and were even wrapped in wool scarves last week to brave the blast of cold air, but they had to take off a few pieces just a while later.  In their own words, the season fused by shiver and sweat is "unwelcome".

As the saying goes, "One man's meat is another man's poison".  I terrifically love autumn although the one we are now walking into has not made up its mind yet.  In the past week, I still dressed lightly to enjoy the gentle breeze and occasional sunlight, and was not sick of the temperature amplitude.  Despite my slender attire, I have never judged my friends who wear chunky clothes to be "weak".  Likewise, I am sure they will not see me "weird".  Such interrelation is based on respect and empathy - we respect differences and have the ability to understand others with empathy.

Like many universities, CUHK is comprised of students of differences in terms of nationality, culture, learning capability, political orientation, gender identity and household status, etc.  Units including the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development have strived to facilitate integration among students with diverse background and traits.  Not only are we aiming to build a harmonious campus, but we also believe that variety is the spice of student life.

To achieve integration in the CUHK community, a lot of efforts are required.  Monetary investment (in employing particular personnel, setting up necessary facilities and holding immersion activities, etc.) certainly helps, but the key success factor lies in the mindset of us.  If we respect differences from the bottom of our heart and usually exercise empathy, the creation of a pluralistic and inclusive campus will be visible.  The effective way to adjust our mindset is the broadening of awareness and exposure.  Reach out to multiple settings and people, then you will discover differences are mainly evolved from a set of constant elements (race, religion, intelligence quotient, etc.).  You will start accepting the disparities instead of rejecting them.

Autumn is about to wave goodbye to us, and winter will be round the corner.  Don't leave out your fleece jackets and wool scarves at home.  Keep warm and have a great time!

Sincerely yours,

Irene Ng
I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development

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Table of Contents


Meet with Sir David Akers-Jones

I·CARE Theatre 2019 - Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella

I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme: Second Round of Application Opened

Support I·CARE by the Purchase of CUHK 2019 Calendar

Report of Experiential Learning Activities

Visit of the Office of Student Affairs of CUHK (SZ)

A Walk in Community with I·CARE: Second Session Completed

Germany Trip of Yunus Social Business Centre@CUHK

Jockey Club Charles Kao Brain Health Mobile Truck: Journey Started

I·CARE Hong Kong Cultural Tours Project: Phase One Completed

Event Calendar


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