Sorry guys, it’s been a long time, but there is something sad I would really like to share with you all about.
I am one of the applicants of HKSES, a scholarship scheme given to students who are trying to study overseas. I recently had a group interview, and I thought everything went on completely smooth, until one of the panel members started asking me questions about studying french instead of Chinese in my high school years. His name is Professor Tham from HKU. He tried to repeatedly deny me of my Chinese nationality, and he gave me the feeling of trying to rip my Chinese certificate in front of others, because he finds it bullshit. I explained my reasons, especially for the fact that I studied in an international school in primary, and the sudden shift of Chinese (mandarin to cantonese) was a bit difficult for me, so I had to pick french instead of Chinese. In addition to that, I have already started studying french in primary, so I find it as an opportunity for me to continue learning a new language – French. The professor insists on hinting me that I am a disrespect to Chinese culture for choosing French over Chinese, and he started putting words on my mouth, by saying that I ‘said’ Chinese is my foreign language. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, with my parents born in the same place as I am.
The racism is real when he denies me of my nationality, and hence my race. To say I am not Chinese when I am born in Hong Kong is a complete shame and embarrassment for a professor in HKU. I had to forcibly smile in the whole interview while feeling offended. He started targeting me during the whole interview. When other panel members asked me relatable questions about my future career, he would pin me down on my personal opinion and disagree with everything I said, but what he said was totally illogical, because he wasn’t listening to me, and he thought he was all good because he has the professor qualification in HKU. I was asked why I chose to study overseas and then come back to Hong Kong for my Masters’ degree. I said because I could then get the degree in 6 years time, while studying in Hong Kong would have given me only a bachelor degree in 5 years time. Professor Tham then started criticising me, saying that I would have job experience and gotten a degree in 5 years time, saying that I am taking the long route. But sir… I am talking about getting my MASTER degree in 6 years, NOT BACHELOR in 5 YEARS. Apparently, he hatred is clouding his judgment, and he has gone unprofessional during this whole interview. He’s been spreading racism, hate, and bigotry during this whole interview duration, and I feel really shocked.
You wonder why Hong Kong society is splitting apart, and the fact that many qualified and talented people are leaving Hong Kong, he is the answer. You wonder why HKU is now falling down the chart, and is looked down by Band 1 students? You know why. I cannot believe a professor from HKU will be filled with subjectivity and is trying to exclude me from my Chinese nationality. He truly believes that I am no Chinese. He’s been ‘criticizing’ me this whole time without even listening to what I said. A person born in Hong Kong not studying local Chinese is considered ‘disrespectful’ according to that professor, because in his mind, studying foreign languages like French is considered ‘betrayal’ to your own nationality. This is incredible. This is a professor of HKU, and now you wonder why HKU is falling down the charts? Because we’ve got professors like him with just qualifications to ‘brainwash’ students during classes. These so-called professors cannot differentiate opinions and facts, and they think what they say are facts, while others’ are pure opinions. He is so biased that he thinks what he said he is right, and he finds it amusing.
I find it idiotic.
You have your opinion, and your own choice. I have mine, and you should come to terms with the fact that you should respect my own decision and my personal opinion. I am trying to shorten all the time I need so I can get to work in real life as soon as possible, because I ain’t got the time, and I ain’t coming from a rich family.
I hope everyone remembers him, Professor Leslie George THAM from HKU, department of civil engineering. He is a shame to Hong Kong as an international city. He’s been putting words in my mouth, spreading hate, and bigotry in the room, and he’s been politically brainwashed. He may have the qualifications, but he ain’t no smart people, because the word ‘acceptance’ does not exist in his dictionary.
Don’t pee on my legs and tell me it’s raining. YOU’RE AN IDIOT! – Classic Judge Judy