In the spirit of LeBron James, I’m taking my talents to Hong Kong.
I thought the semester spent last year in Hong Kong, teaching journalism, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (To read those posts, scroll upward from the Sept. 2, 2009, item “Land Ho“). But here I am, for a second tour in Hong Kong: a city once British, now Chinese. This time, for a six-week workshop as journalism coach to 77 students at Hong Kong Baptist University and its Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies program.
It wasn’t easy to leave behind my life in Slovakia, especially family. (My last two posts, here and here, neatly summarize why the ex-Communist half of Europe continues to intrigue me.) What makes this Hong Kong gig so exciting, though, is that since most of our students hail from the mainland, it offers me a fascinating window onto the world’s next great superpower, China. For my own journalism, it also broadens the horizon of my foreign reporting.
Like me, these students are making an investment to come to Hong Kong, in this case studying journalism in the most democratic beacon of an undemocratic China. It’s a one-party China that grapples with the restlessness of its increasingly Western-influenced citizenry. Comrade, where’s my Facebook?
What flows above, from Sept.-Oct. 2010, are my dispatches and photos from this corner of the globe, beginning with the Sept. 13 post, Coach and His Game Plan. Plus, recent articles and photos of mine that have appeared in the publications listed to the right. All written from the perspective of a foreign correspondent, journalism teacher and freelancer raising kids overseas. Thank you for reading … mjj