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August 2019
Growing and Learning with Alumni
Alumni Association of Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Established in 1962, Department of Chinese Language and Literature attaches great importance to the training of specialists in Chinese language and literature. The Department aims to equip students with sound knowledge of traditional Chinese subjects and also develop students’ skills in critical thinking and research methodology. At the same time, Alumni Association of Department of Chinese Language and Literature makes every effort to strengthen the relationship between the University and the alumni by organising various activities and programmes. A new cabinet of the Executive Committee for the term 2019-2021 was formed in April, with Ip Moon Sum Stephen as the Chairman and Lo Shing-wah Edward and Tam Ka-man Carmen as the Vice-Chairmen. They also visited Alumni Affairs Office to share with us the Association’s latest updates and future plan.

Their First Encounter with Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Chairman Ip’s first encounter with Hong Kong Baptist College (HKBC) and the Department dated back to the 1970s. He recalled, “The University entrance requirements were very high at that time and I was fortunate to be admitted to the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. Since then, I have started my life at HKBC.” He could still remember vividly that alumni Francis Mak and Alfred Cheung often recruited students on campus to take up part-time jobs at the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). “We were paid $5 per hour. We usually climbed the pipelines from Ho Sin Hang Campus to RTHK as this was the fastest way to reach Broadcast Drive. Those were indeed my good old days at HKBC!”

When asked about the reasons for choosing Chinese as the major subject at HKBC, Vice-Chairmen Lo Shing-wah and Tam Ka-man simultaneously pointed to the fact that they both love Chinese culture and literature. By studying one of the world’s ancient cultures, they were able to uphold the heritage while forging ahead into the future. Alumnus Lo also admired some famous scholars of HKBC, including former Dean of Faculty of Arts cum Head of Department of Chinese Language and Literature Xu Xu and former Head of Department of History Liu Chia-chu, etc.

The three members of the Executive Committee have similar views on the characters of the students and alumni of the Department. They are usually very gentle and modest. “Students of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature tend to have strong interest in reading and writing with high proficiency in Chinese. They work hard in their respective fields, have outstanding achievements and make use of their expertise to contribute to the society,” shared by alumna Tam.

Visit to Tsz Shan Monastery

To kick start the alumni engagement initiative, the Association organised a visit to Tsz Shan Monastery in May 2019 which attracted 32 alumni graduated in different years to attend. With the introduction and guidance of alumnus Lee Joi-tong Patrick and his spouse Chea Sum-mui as well as the monastery tour guide, participants had vegetarian lunch, then visited the Main Buddha Hall Precinct which includes the Main Gate, the Maitreya Hall, the Grand Buddha Hall, the Great Vow Hall and also the Buddhist Art Museum. One of the top attractions is the 70-metre-tall bronze-cast white Guan Yin statue. Participants enjoyed a spiritual experience at the monastery and were able to learn more about the architectural concept of the monastery and Buddhist Art in China.

Support Career Development of the Younger Generation

Looking ahead, the Association will plan and organise various activities and programmes to foster interactions and strengthen relationships with the alumni community. To support the career development of the younger generation, it will also organise mentorship programme and career seminar in collaboration with the Department, which provide a valuable platform for alumni to share professional advice and tips on career planning with the students.

If you are interested to communicate with the Alumni Association of Department of Chinese Language and Literature, please email to hkbuchial@gmail.com or like its Facebook page.

Members of the Executive Committee pose for a group photo at the Annual General Meeting. (Front row from left) Alumni Gee Get-kui, Ip Moon Sum Stephen, Wong Chi-king, Tse Fung-mai (Back row from left) Alumni Cheuk Hon-ching, Lo Shing-wah Edward, Lau Man-ling, Tam Ka-man Carmen, Ke Meiyan, Cheng Tsang-wing Bosco, Cheung Sze-man
Members of the Executive Committee meet with Director of Alumni Affairs Dr. Melanie Lee (middle).
Alumni poses for a group photo before their trip to Tsz Shan Monastery.
Chairman Ip Moon Sum Stephen thanks for the warm hospitality of alumnus Lee Joi-tong Patrick.
Alumni enjoy a wonderful visit to Tsz Shan Monastery.
The Universal Gate Hall is the second largest hall of the monastery.
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