Diversity - a complex word to understand that can easily be taken out of context. The word itself has been re-interpreted one too many times almost giving it a double meaning. It now lies on a fine line between one’s true identity and, vaguely speaking, the impact of assimilation.
Respecting Diversity While Travelling
When travelling, the state of being diverse presents travellers with an obligation to allow for a wide range of different views. It allows for a positive appreciation of distinctiveness, and further, encourages this contrast. I for one am eager to know more about other parts of the world; therefore, as the opportunities present themselves I take it upon myself to explore the variety of ways in which people live their daily lives. Over the years, I have observed how different cultures express their spiritual hopes and aspirations, and by doing so, I have encountered the diverse coexistence of culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse groups of people.
CityU: The Right Choice
When searching for the right University to attend as a Business exchange student minoring in Religious Studies and International Business, I did not hesitate to write down Hong Kong as my number one destination of preference. I knew that this opportunity would shed light on many new and unfamiliar worldly aspects. I believed, and continue to believe, that by attending City University of Hong Kong (CityU) I would benefit from building strong business connections in a part of the world that is recognized as one of the most vibrant on the international business scene. Further, living in Hong Kong has also enabled me to learn more about the history, religion, and culture that now surrounds me every day. I am fortunate to have met such kind and caring locals that have already helped me adapt to, and benefit from this multicultural environment so quickly.
A Multicultural Environment
Hong Kong is not only renowned for its beautiful scenery but also for its high population made up of many multi-ethnic citizens; therefore, City University of Hong Kong is truly providing me with a multicultural environment combined with a strong commitment to excellence in business education and innovation. Despite the fact that perfect does not exist, as far as my thoughts have allowed me to get carried away, Hong Kong has prepared me to be sensitive to and appreciative of the great cultural differences that I am exposed to on a daily basis. This unique perspective allows me to remain faithful to my identity while still integrating into the new culture as I learn more about it every day that I am here.
The Same At Heart
Regardless of cultural differences, the thrill and enjoyment of travelling and exploring come hand in hand with the culture shock. At the end of the day, based on our religion, culture, and ethnicity it may seem as though we are all different, however, really we are all just individuals thriving for the same things in life. For one, we all share hope, to be successful, happy, loved, and healthy. Second, we all share emotions and sometimes get: angry, happy, scared, frightened, shocked, and sad. As individuals, it is only natural for us to thrive to be different, but only by accepting the differences that we see in other people do we aspire to become better people at the end of the day. Once we have accepted the differences that surround us we can finally create a solid foundation for ourselves. This foundation is based on the fact that we now anticipate exposure to unfamiliar ways of life and that we are ready to be accepting of others while still remaining true to ourselves. My goal, with writing this article on diversification [in a world where such an overused word raises such ambiguous thoughts] is to inspire you to undertake new and diverse challenges as you build upon and enlarge this solid foundation.
“People are walking in all different directions, and young tourists, like myself, sometimes
just need to simply stand still for a moment and admire this beautiful and diverse environment.