Thoughts on Expats and other small things.
This is a special city. I’ve even started to use the personal pronoun “we” when talking about Hong Kong after I got my HK ID card. May I? We Hong Kongers are a special group of people. The expats that live in Hong Kong are a quirky bunch. I am not talking about the bankers, and corporate lawyers, but the rather the expats that arrive with two suitcases determined to make their mark in their chosen field. I’ve met journalists, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, etc. I love the energy here.
I am a teacher and we are a fascinating group. Of course you have the International School teachers, and the espirt des corp of NET (Native English Teachers) teachers – those in the NET Scheme; this is a governmental program that recruits native English teachers from abroad and deploy them to local schools in the hope of raising English level proficiency in Hong Kong. It is a good idea (in theory). I will have more thoughts on this later.
I am performing in a comedy club on Thursday. I am not performing stand-up. This is very difficult. But rather I am participating in something call Moth which is a live story telling event at Takeout Comedy which is Asia’s first full time comedy club. I call this stand-up light. Many of my friends in Hong Kong are comedians. This is a sharp contrast to my friends in New York – most were accountants. By moving here I have increased the quality of the people I hang around with. Not to say there is anything wrong with accountants, but well, do I really have to spell it out?