NEWSETTER FEB. 2020
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR It is a pleasure to present to you the 16th Edition of the Fung Scholars Networking Newsletter! In this edition, we have invited numerous writers from multiple local chapters around the globe to share their stories and experiences. You will also read about other updates from Victor and William Fung Foundation, such as our uplifting and memorable annual leadership conference held in Shanghai last year, or about some other updates on interesting projects that Fung Scholars are active in. Year by year the Fung Scholar network is growing, not only in number of members, but also in geographic locations. In recent years, some new local chapters have come to join us, such as the Tokyo Chapter. More and more young and talented individuals will be incorporated into the Fung Scholar network and facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The Victor and William Fung Foundation has connected a broad network of bright minds ranging across a spectrum of disciplines and industries, and articles within this newsletter serves as a medium to document some of the feats accomplished by our brilliant scholars. If you have something to share, whether it be an idea, some thoughts, please feel free to contribute to the next edition so that your content can be spread to the rest of the network! We would also like to update on our former staff member, Miss Tammy Lam. Working for the Fung Scholar network and the Victor and William Fung Foundation for over 6 years, she moved on from her position last year. We would like to share with the fellow Fung Scholars some exciting news: She is going to be married in May 2020! Congratulations Tammy! Lastly, I would like to thank all parties for making this edition of the newspaper possible. Writers have submitted articles about their passion and their stories; Designers have created the beautiful and eyecatching layout; Editors have served to fine-tune the content and to ensure the quality of the final product. Erin and JennyAnn have also aided me along the way, as a first timer carrying out the duties of the editor-in-chief. Together, we have constructed a channel that exemplifies the accomplishments of Fung Scholars. We hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter.
Brisson Lam (FS18/19, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
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The Editorial Board would like to thank all the writers who have contributed to the diverse topics and opinions included in this newsletter. We would also like to add that the Editorial Board and the Victor and William Fung Foundation take no responsibility for the views expressed in this publication.
Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Foundation Updates Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2019 2 Leadership Conference 5 Excursion to HengShan Road 7 Pre-departure Gathering (2019-2020) 8 Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC): Fung Scholars Visiting Explorium 10 PIM Social Impact Internship for Fung Scholars (SIIFS), Beijing 11 Fung Scholars x Li & Fung's Digital Team 17 Digi-Biz Exposure: A visit to LinkedIn's HK office 17 Tech Talk â€“ Applying Blockchain in Real Business Scearios 18 Sort-a-thon Volunteering Activities 19 A Poem for a Marathon T-shirt 20 FS Activities Highlight 21
Community Updates Hong Kong Chapter Summer Visit to Utokyo Snoopy Run
Fung Scholars Hong Kong Annual Christmas Gathering 2019
Tokyo Chapter 2nd Tokyo Annual Gathering 28 Global Career Talk with Fung Scholars in Tokyo
Singapore Chapter Bringing Positivity to Those Around Us
Boston Chapter Fung Scholars Dinner: Fireside Chat with Charlie Tian 37 Speed Mentoring and Facilitated Networking Over Dinner Reception 38
Projects Sharing Community Engagement â€“Oxford Strategy Group X Fung Foundation Collaboration 40 GOTOCO
Carrying Hong Kong Sash Across My Chest - Bringing My Homeland to the World 50 Platforms as if People Mattered 58
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On 9 November 2019, 89 Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows convened together in Shanghai for the annual Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2019. With the theme of “Big Data: Business Innovation and Application", the 2019 conference was a day of learning encompassing: big data, digitalization, and design thinking with the chance to share ideas around the topic of innovation, social enterprise, and businesses together with excursions to a world-class expo and sight-seeing. This year, the conference was organised around the 2nd China International Import Expo, where Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows paid a visit to the Fung Group booth to learn about the group's 113 years of experience in the global consumer goods supply chain and our leading solutions and technology across trade, logistics, distribution and retail. At the conference, Victor Fung shared his insights on the changing geopolitical landscape which has resulted in a new flow of trade and the reorganization of the global supply chain. Leveraging his experience in the industry and global network, he emphasized that Fung Group has never been in a better position to be the trusted partner to bring new added value for our customers in this complex era.
Fung Scholars Leadership Conference 2019/
Other keynote speakers include Reto Matter (Head of Data at Li & Fung) and Herbert Chia (Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China Fund), who both provided insights on the application of big data and data analytics, followed by two discussion panels ‘Ideas Polygram’ around the topic of Humanities, and Technology & Innovation.
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3 In the afternoon, the Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows were divided into groups and were tasked with answering the question: “How Might We Imagine the Future of Retail?” Participants were given the chance to learn about design thinking; the process, tools and mindset required to create a human-centric experience and innovation ideas. The conference is an annual event organized by the Victor and William Fung Foundation, as a way to nurture future world leaders through supporting university students to experience different cultures and environments early in their careers. "With the increasing trend of globalization, graduates with an international outlook and experience in diverse cultures and environments are human capital critical to the continuous progress of a society," said Victor Fung, Chairman of the Victor and William Fung Foundation and the opening speaker of the conference.
“I will join hands and walk together with my fellow Fung Scholars with love and our shared vision of growth. Let us all make an effort to contribute to Fung Scholars with our networks and our vision of serving the society.” Kevin Lo
An excursion to the French Quarter was organized by the Fung Scholars Shanghai Chapter. The participants were able to learn the history of Shanghai and to see this city from a different perspective. The annual Fung Scholars Conference came to the end with fun and laughers! We appreciate all Fung Scholars’ engagement in the Fung Scholars Community, with special thanks to the long-term support from Mr. Kevin Lo (FS 06/07, City University of Hong Kong) to the Hong Kong Chapter and Ms. Jamie Ko (FS 09/10, Singapore Management University) to the Singapore Chapter who have been supporting the bonding among Fung Scholars with various initiatives every year. As of July 2019, the Fung Scholars Program was established in 31 universities worldwide with more than 6,000 Fung Scholars.
“It has been an incredible journey starting and growing the Singapore Chapter — getting to know scholars across so many different cohorts, especially the newer generations, and getting to know scholars from other countries and chapters. I am often inspired by the diverse interests and aspirations of Fung Scholars I meet at the local chapter, and also at leadership conferences!” Jamie Ko
Check out what the Fung Scholars and Fung Fellows are saying about the program:
“I valued the opportunity to meet and bond (something that is done better in person) with other Fung scholars who do amazing things across the world.” Marley Robinson (FS19, University of Oxford) Keynote speech: “Inspiring and encouraging speech, new ideas, encouraging to innovate and to reflect on business, trade war and others.” Yifan Shen (FS18/19, Harbin Institute of Technology) Keynote speech: “Implications of technology and geopolitics on the global supply chain - inspired me to also think about what other implications there are in other areas” Hello Design Thinking Workshop: “Work - helps me take a different perspective when I approach solutioning at work” Jamie Ko (FS09/10, Singapore Management University) “Meeting Fung Scholars from all over the world, making friendships, having conversations about many interesting topics.” “The large amount of community and diversity; great organization; people were very nice.” Felipe Castellano-Macias (FS18/19, Northeastern University)
Leadership Conference Kathleen Schwind
“Technology is the key to solving the biggest problems our world faces today.” This sentiment, expressed by Dr. Victor Fung during his welcome remarks, guided the focus of this year’s Fung Scholars Leadership Conference. I had the honor of attending the conference this year, hosted at the incredible LiFung Plaza Explorium in Shanghai. I had the opportunity to attend the Fung Scholars Hong Kong conference last year as well, and since then have been looking forward to this year’s conference and reconnecting with the individuals I met last year (while also meeting new ones). This year’s Fung Scholars Leadership Conference was a unique opportunity that combined leading experts in the field of big data and business innovation, and some of the brightest and most curious young minds around the globe. The speakers provided insight into the history of big data’s technological advances as well as current and future applications, while addressing the challenges that using big data will have in the next decade. The Scholars in the audience were from a variety of backgrounds (physics, biology, linguistics, etc.) and it was fascinating to hear from a number of them about how big data is revolutionizing their field, or how it has the potential to in the future. As an international relations and politics student myself, I was particularly thought about the nature of global geopolitics, the global supply chain, and the shift towards a bipolar world, and how employing aspects of big data and innovative business models will affect these areas in the future. I also thought about technology governance, and how regulations need to not only focus on privacy but on inclusion too.
One of the most valuable parts of the conference was the opportunity to network with Fung Scholars from around the world. I was so excited to see, in person, the friends I made at the conference last fall (we have stayed in touch online since then) and we were able to pick up right where we left off. I also loved meeting new Scholars, and hearing about their passions, interests, and future goals as related to big data and innovation or beyond. The Ideas Polygram gave us the opportunity to hear in-depth about a few projects that fellow Scholars are currently working on. I also appreciated the space that the conference provided to talk about pressing world issues with individuals from different backgrounds and from different countries. These were some of the most insightful conversations I have had, and I was able to take these ideas and perspectives and apply them to my own studies at the University of Cambridge.
Additionally, the Hello Design Thinking workshop, powered by the Fung Academy, gave me a fresh perspective on the foundation of creative thinking and kickstarting innovation that I will continue to use in my personal projects. Technology is a key to solving the worldâ€™s biggest problems, present and future. What the Fung Foundation has also taught me is that people are also key, and that formed multinational networks and partnerships can exponentially increase our capability to tackle these challenges. Attending this yearâ€™s Fung Scholars Leadership Conference, meeting the people already working on these problems, and becoming friends with the people who will continue to do so the future, has inspired me to think even bigger and innovate boldly. Thank you to the Victor and William Fung Foundation, and to the conference organizers, for another incredible conference and experience.
This Is The Hengshan Road You Can Wear./
I was selected to be a Fung Scholar since Fall, 2018 when I was on exchange in the University of Hong Kong. I’ve spent a wonderful term in Hong Kong and many of the unforgettable memories were related to the Fung Foundation: My best friend in HK, Wenrui, is one of the Fung Scholars; I went cycling in group for the first time with many Fung Scholars in HK. With the help of the organization, I was able to explore life in Sham Shui Po with a bunch of Fung Scholars. I returned to my home university in Shanghai in Jan, 2019 and still miss the days as a Fung Scholar in HK. I’ve been thinking of how to re-connect with the organization. So, when I learned that this year’s annual meeting would be in Shanghai, I enrolled right away. When the Foundation called for helpers to organize the excursion, I knew it was my opportunity to help provide some beautiful memories for other FS when they visited Shanghai. To help FS from all over the world get the most from their time in Shanghai, the excursion was planned as a walk along Hengshan Road. The other volunteers and I hoped that we could provide the visiting Fung Scholars with an authentic and memorable experience of Shanghai. Besides the excursion, we also prepared some gifts for FS attendees. Entertainingly the helpers began to compete with one another to come up with the most creative idea for souvenirs. To win the competition, I decided to make the gifts myself. Since it’s an excursion on Hengshan Road, I came out of an idea to make the street sign of Hengshan Road. So I customized some small boards from Taobao and bought some pins to make the “Hengshan Road” to be brooches that FS can wear. After giving the gifts to FS, our helpers also exchanged the brooches ourselves. I hope the participants can bring this little part of Shanghai home. See you guys next year!
Pre-departureGathering (2019-2020)/ Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
The Hong Kong Pre-Departure Gathering is an annual event organized by the Victor and William Fung Foundation for all Fung Scholars who will be on exchange in the coming academic year. This half-day Event includes a brief of the Foundation, the Fung Scholars Programme, Hong Kong Chapter, experiences shared by past Fung Scholars (FS) and discussions in circles that give future exchange FS the advice they need to start the exchange with confidence, as well as to nurture friendships and to build a support system among them. Held on June 22nd, 2019 in the Hive, the Fung Group in Lai Chi Kok, The gathering was attended by 61 new Fung Scholars and 38 volunteers from different universities in Hong Kong. Three Fung Scholars, Mandy Choi, Chloe Cheung and Kelvin Chan shared their personal experiences during exchange in Taiwan, Netherlands, and Canada, respectively. Their sharing will serve as survival tips for Fung Scholars living in a foreign country.
Hong Kong Chapter co-heads shared their activities in the past year.
Mandy Choi (FS18/19, The Education University of Hong Kong)
Chloe Cheung (FS18/19, Lingnan University)
Kelvin Chan (FS18/19, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
The discussion in circles with past FS is a good opportunity for FS to socialize with each other so that they can make friends before they get to the host country. Within the conversation, FS will find out more about the administrative procedures during their time abroad, from visa validation to housing, to opening a local bank account, and more! The Victor and William Fung Foundation would like to thank the following Fung Scholars for contributing their time and efforts through their experience sharing: Alison Wong Brisson Lam Catherine Chan Chloe Cheung Christopher Olsson Cielo Yiu Duncan Lui Ellen Lau Gilbert Leung
Hayley Wong Henry Lee Henry Yiu Herman Tsui Hing Wong Hinson Wong Ivan Jim Jeffrey Yan Jeremy Leung
Jo Ng John Poon Joscelin Yeung Kelvin Chan Ken Fung Kevin Ho Kevin Lo Madeline Fong Mandy Cheng Mandy Choi
Marco Cheng Martin Wong Matthew Chan Michelle Chan Natalie Lai Ryan Wong Shirley Au Steven Yiu Vicky Chan Yolanda Ma
Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) Fung Scholars visiting Explorium Shanghai Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
Stanley Lam, Director of Explorium, together with all LLIC participants and local Shanghai Fung Scholars.
The Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) programme, part of the wider Fung Scholars Programme, started in 2008 and has been administered by The University of Hong Kong. Over these 11 years, a total of 183 Fung Scholars from different universities around the world have taken part. The programme began with 4 days of lectures at The University of Hong Kong, followed with a 7-week internship in China. Fung Scholars could learn from the seminars and gain working experience in Shanghai, but also enjoyed exposure to various aspects of Chinese culture while making many new friends within the LLIC group and in their host companies. This year, 20 Fung Scholars interns and local Shanghai Fung Scholars visited Explorium Shanghai in mid-July. These Fung Scholars were from different universities in the US, UK, and Japan. During their visit, Stanley Lam, Director of Explorium shared his views on the technology trends that were reshaping the global supply chain and how Fung Group had coped with the challenges under the evershifting digital world.
PIM Social Impact Internship for Fung Scholars (SIIFS), Beijing/ Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
Background Following the success of the Good Fellow Programme last year, the Victor and William Fung Foundation worked with Philanthropy in Motion (PIM) again in 2019 to launch Social Impact Internship for Fung Scholars (SIIFS), an immersive 8-week internship from 1st July to 23rd August in Beijing, China. This internship programme is intended to provide Fung Scholars with the perspective, skills, and experience to develop into socially responsible global leaders. Applicants attended online interviews in which we got to know more about them. The recruitment started in March and the selection process ended in May. We aimed to match the strengths and expectations of the applicants with the requirements of the organizations. SIIFS started with the Social Impact Bootcamp Training, a pre-programme training on social innovation topics ranging from lean start-up methodology to social sector sustainability, impact measurement and storytelling
skills, and more. Following the training, Fung Scholars served full-time with leading social venture in Beijing to gain experience, apply their learning and building skills, and make an impact at their host social venture. Throughout the programme, the participants received mentorship for career development from cross-sector professionals. During the 8-week internship, Fung Scholars led projects within innovative social enterprises working in education, corporate social responsibility, non-project capacity building and more. Their daily work ranged from conducting data analysis to creating social media content. Leaders of organizations reported that the Fung Scholars were hardworking and uniquely committed to understanding the broader on-project sector, praising the diversity of backgrounds and experiences each Fung Scholar contributed to the organizations. Read below for Fung Scholarsâ€™ internship experience and their reflections.
Chloe Cheung (FS18/19, Lingnan University) “I was much honored to work with a team full of love and passion, and extremely grateful for having this precious opportunity to explore philanthropy in mainland China.”
During the summer of 2019, I participated in the Social Impact Internship programme organized by Philanthropy in Motion (PIM), for which I stayed in Beijing for around 2 months. I was assigned to work for Mantra, a social enterprise that utilizes the “Buy One, Give One” business model. I was much honored to work with a team full of love and passion, and extremely grateful for having this precious opportunity to explore philanthropy in mainland China. Throughout the internship in Mantra, I kept on learning how to edit videos and create better social media content. Instead of simply selling our sunglasses, we spent most of the efforts on promoting our mission and the “Buy One, Give One” business model. Therefore, we did a brainstorm every week and discussed our ideas in the Monday pitch meeting. If the ideas were good enough, we wrote scripts and prepared for filming.
After shooting all the materials needed, we moved on to video editing and posted the videos on social media. The whole process seemed easy, but it actually took more time and effort than I had imagined. Therefore, I am glad to work in such a caring and supportive team in Mantra which let me learn by time. Moreover, the workshops in PIM’s Bootcamp and all the dinner gatherings with mentors helped me a lot in understanding the philanthropic scene in China, providing practical assistance and advices for my career planning. This is a challenging but unforgettable and fruitful summer for me as I stepped out of my comfort zone to work and live out of Hong Kong. I will remember all the cool people I met and delighted moments here in Beijing!
Yujia Chen (FS17/18, Fudan University) “By taking off the label of “disability” and seeing the value in a person, we could discover much more talent and potential in people in the workplace.”
This summer I worked as an intern in Easy Inclusion Consulting. Easy Inclusion is a social enterprise committed to support a sustainable career for people with disabilities in an inclusive workplace. At the beginning of this internship, I was just a fresh college graduate without clear career goals who kept questioning whether there was such a business that valued motivation rather than money. It turned out that this internship not only introduced me to the impactdriven social enterprises, but also taught me how I could dedicate myself to solving a social problem that I care about. On one hand, I had the opportunity getting to know the disability community in mainland China which has been invisible in the mainstream society for so long. As I worked with people with hearing and visual impairment, I learned that they have unique strengths such as
resilience and good communication skills. That was when I understood what Easy Inclusion believed in— “inclusion makes business easier”. By taking off the label of “disability” and seeing the value in a person, we could discover much more talent and potential in people in the workplace. On the other hand, social enterprises have opened a new world to me, and for the first time I saw a career that I could be highly motivated to develop. The boot camp and roundtable dinners with fellow Fung Scholars and mentors from PIM inspired me to see the connection between the society and meanings of my life. From sharing of the mentors, I realized that career goals could be about solving social problems instead of merely finding a specific job, convincing me to explore social issues that I care about and to think about my very own career goal.
During the two-month stay in Beijing, I worked as an intern in the Monitoring and Evaluation Department at Vibrant Communities. My job was about improving data processing and visualization. The colleagues in Vibrant Communities were so nice and kind that they took care of me a lot in the office. During the monthly meeting, every colleague was given the chance to share their feelings and report their working progress. At first I thought my Mandarin was good enough, yet I had a lot of difficulties to catch what they said due to their strong Beijing accent and some mainland slang terms. It turned out that working with them improved my Mandarin a lot.
Winson Cheng (FS17/18, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) “I really wish I could find a job I like in the future and be like them.”
Some moments in Vibrant Communities made a very deep impression on me. Once I was talking to my colleagues about if they got paid for working in the weekend, but judging by their response, it seemed that they didn’t feel like they were working. In the office, I also felt their passion in work. This was because they thought they found the right job and they were doing something they really enjoyed. I really wish I could find a job I like in the future and be like them. Another reward of this internship was my friendship with Emily, Lindy, Chloe and Vesper. They were all interns and Vesper was the PIM intern. We hung out very often as we shared our working experience in organizations, talked about our daily life in Beijing and visited a lot of attractions in Beijing together.
Xiaoling Wu (FS 18/19, Xiamen University) “I could feel their passion about this social cause, which pushes them go further and further in their tough but rewarding journey.”
To be honest, I was excited yet anxious when I read the email that I was admitted to the PIM Social Impact Internship Program for Fung Scholars and became a member of A Better Community (ABC). Although having done research into this organization, I still felt confused – What’s a social enterprise? How can business models be integrated into the operation of nonprofit organizations (henceforth NGO)? How is it like to work in an NGO? With all the doubts and concerns, I came to Beijing, a beautiful city with rich history and, of course, busy traffic. On the first day, I met up with Emily, Chloe and Winson, three great young people with whom I spent this wonderful summer. Miraculously, my anxious feelings dissipated immediately when we started to complain about the size of a metropolitan city like Beijing and became acquainted with each other. My adventure officially began on July 1st, when we came to PIM’s office building and attended the orientation workshops. To be honest, I have already forgotten the details of each speaker’s talk, yet what has inspired me and touched me was that all of them are
devoted to tackling social disparity, be it politically, culturally or economically. Regarding philanthropy as their mission instead of tasks to complete, I could feel their passion about this social cause, which pushes them go further and further in their tough but rewarding journey. Besides the cute PIM family, I would love to say thanks to everyone I met at ABC. I was intrigued by the lovely name of this organization at the very beginning and just because of the warm meanings carried within the name, I signed up for the PIM Social Impact Internship Programme and expressed my wish to become a member of ABC. The truth is that everyone wants to make the world a better place or a better community, whereas few of us are spending efforts to make this dream come true like the ABC family. Or, to be more specific, some of us are doing good to society by volunteering from time to time, which seems a nice approach to solving social problems but is actually of low efficiency and high cost. What ABC does, however, is not merely volunteering; it creates a platform for potential volunteers from both the workplace and the college.
Fung Scholars x Li & Fung's Digital Team/
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Background Li & Fungâ€™s Digital Learning team aims to foster a digital working culture in the Fung Group by creating new learning experiences, training and fun applications for its employees. The programme set up by the team gives employees across the Fung Group and Fung Scholars an opportunity to engage with innovative companies to learn through practice and get to know more about digital work environments. Fung Scholars are welcome to join the company visits and tech talks.
DIGI-BIZ Exposure: A visit to LinkedIn's HK office On 21 Aug, 8 Fung Scholars visited LinkedInâ€™s Hong Kong office to learn about their latest initiatives and ways to use the platform effectively to build the corporate brand. Congratulations to Yolanda Ma (FS18/19, City University of Hong Kong) for winning in the quiz! It was a great afternoon of learning, fun interactive quizzes and a special tour of the office!
TECH Talk on applying Blockchain in real business scenarios On 20 Nov, 5 Fung Scholars attended the TECH talk hosted by Li & Fungâ€™s Digital Learning team in Hong Kong. Fung Scholars got to hear from Blockchain expert Dr. Paul Sin about the blockchain solutions that work best in a B2B ecosystem. Dr. Sin has over 20 years of IT management and consulting experience in the financial services sector and is currently leading the FinTech practice and Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab at Deloitte. Dr. Sin gave his insight on the developments of blockchain technology, outlined the trends and shared his vision on how they will shape our future in different lines of business. He also shared real business cases on how blockchain can be applied to create value with reference to the banking, insurance and supply chain industries. The overall feedback on this session was very positive and participants felt that it was highly relevant to their current work. One of our own, Fung Scholar Aaron Leung (FS13/14, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) even had the opportunity to ask Dr. Sin a question directly.
More company visits and tech talks coming in 2020 stay tuned! Any questions/suggestions, please feel free to reach Erin Li at email@example.com.
Sort-a-thon Volunteering Activities/
You may have already heard of Conscious Layer, a social enterprise established by Yaki Woo (FS06/07, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Magalena Kohut (FS15/16, University of Oxford) promoting the â€œreuseâ€? of fashion inspired by their experience in New Zealand. While in Hong Kong, aleon Fung (FS11/12, the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Anthea Chan (FS17/18, The University of Hong Kong) and staff from Fung Group gathered together to volunteer at the Redress Sort-a-thon event, helping to sort clothes collected from across Hong Kong which weighed over 10 tons!
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Tons of clothes collected were to be sorted according to quality and garment type. The team worked together to determine whether the clothes would be resold to raise funds for charity, donated to those in need, or recycled for useful materials, so as to reduce the amount of textiles going to landfill.
A Poem for a Marathon T-shirt/ aleon Fung
Imagine you are a marathon T-shirt born of a designer's heart worn for a meaningful sport everything had been wonderful until the dark night took part
thrilled and sat in a wardrobe you wished to be picked day in and day out doors opened and closed no one saw you you were left behind
one morning you were picked not to be worn but to be sent an organization called Redress collected you
that's how I saw you yesterday today I write you this poem where will you be tomorrow?
No matter where you are, more volunteering activities wanted! Please feel free to contact Erin Li at firstname.lastname@example.org
13th Jan 2019 Streetathon
26th Jan 2019 Co-head Team Building
FS Activities Highlights
9th Feb 2019 T-park Visit
We would love to meet you in the coming 2020! If you have any activity ideas, please feel free to contact Erin Li at email@example.com
14th Feb 2019 MC Workshop
26th Jan 2019 Co-head Team Building
Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited 28 gatherings were organized by our worldwide city-based chapters in 2019, with more than 400 Fung Scholars attended!
11th May 2019 Civil Aviation Department Education Path Visit
Summer Visit to Utokyo
To establish international relationship and strengthen bonding between various local chapters among Fung Scholars globally, the Foundation facilitated Fung Scholars from Hong Kong and Tokyo in conducting a meeting held in UTokyo Go Global Center on 25 July 2019. This marks the first exchange meeting between the Hong Kong and Tokyo Chapters; in which the happiness, excitement and connection unleashed possibilities for the future development of Fung Scholarsâ€™ Global Network. In the meeting we shared the vision, mission, and formation of Hong Kong Chapter, as well as the friendship connected among different cohorts of Fung Scholars. We also shared how different activities were organised by Fung Scholars throughout the years. For instance, the Christmas gathering held every year in Hong Kong is one of the most popular activities which allows our fellow Fung Scholars to share blessing and joy, as well as love and encouragement among our network. The HK Fung Scholars also offer different interest groups such as: FS Foodie, FS
Travel, and FS Running etc, which are private channels that connect and strengthen friendship and a sense of community amongst Fung Scholars in Hong Kong. We encourage Fung Scholars to propose activities and the Co-Heads of the local chapter will provide full support to make them happen. In the exchange meeting, we also facilitated a brainstorming session to inspire ideas of what Fung Scholars could do and the activities we could initiate in the future. Our fellow Japanese scholars Hiromichi, Masataka, and Akie were kind enough to invite us on a tour around their campus, which marked a beautiful finale of our very first exchange meeting. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for their warmest hospitality, and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavours. This is an unforgettable and encouraging experience that establishes international friendship. We look forward to the next planned meeting between the Fung Scholar Tokyo and Hong Kong Chapters this summer!
Right to left: Mr. Hiromichi Wada (FS18/19, the University of Tokyo) Mr. Masataka Murakami (FS19/20, the University of Tokyo) Mr. Kevin Lo (FS06/07, City University of Hong Kong) Ms. Akie YANAGI (FS18/19, the University of Tokyo)
Snoopy Run 2019/
It suddenly reminded me of Snoopy and Friends, one of the irreplaceable cartoons that accompanied most of us during our childhood. This year, the first and ever Snoopy Run is organized in Hong Kong and the Fung Scholars Hong Kong Chapter has joined the race on 3rd November 2019. Collaborated with society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), this race aimed at promoting the importance of animal welfares and invited pet owners to run along with their beloved pets in a running setting, which is more suitable for young children and
families with the choice of 2km and 5km. All of the 4 Fung Scholars joined the 5km run while we embraced the lovely and warm weather in a perfect harbor-side running track in Sunny Bay, at the best time for outdoor running in the fall. Upon finishing the race, we saw Snoopy greeting us at the finishing line with everyone full of laughter after a sweating exercise time together. Running could sometimes be an individual sport, but it is always good to run along with peers and see ourselves improving from time to time. What a happy running!
Fung Scholars Hong Kong Annual Christmas Gathering 2019 Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
Nothing brings more happiness than seeing our Fung Scholars reunited again. This moment was rejoiced once again at the Fung Scholars Hong Kong Annual Christmas Gathering 2019. Our Fung Scholars got into the spirit of greetings during the Christmas gathering that was held at the Hive on Saturday, 21st December. Fung Scholars all gathered and brought a gift for exchange! Fung Scholars began the gathering by warming up with taking photos and socializing. During the gathering, Fung Scholars were split into smaller groups participating in a variety of games. The winning group got the chance first to pick up their gifts! The dance was the highlight of the gathering, engaging everyone moving their bodies! It was filled with Merry vibes, creating an enjoyable and memorable experience. We wish to express a special thanks to all co-heads who made it happen! We would also like to thank Fung Scholars who brought food to share with us! Co-heads were tasked with registration, games and gift exchange, catering, photo-taking, decorations and props.
Tokyo Chapter 2nd AnnualGathering/
The 2nd annual gathering of the Fung Tokyo chapter was held on 16th July 2019 at the Go Global center located in the University of Tokyo. With the attendance of four guests including Mr. Kai-man Wong and Ms. JennyAnn Chan from the Victor and William Fung Foundation as well as 29 Tokyo based Fung scholars, this event was very successful, and everyone had a wonderful time. The event started with a heartwarming welcoming remark from Professor Yanagi and encouraging speech from Mr. Wong about the Foundation and activities of other local chapters.
Welcoming remark from Professor Yanagi
Two scholars gave their appreciation speeches regarding the generous financial funding from the Victor and William Fung Foundation that supported their precious experiences of studying abroad to a great extent. This was followed by the introduction of the Tokyo chapter from a committee member to encourage everyone to get actively involved in and to take advantage of its activities.
Thank-you speech from a Fung Scholar
After the talk session we had everyoneâ€™s favorite part of the event â€“ The Buffet Party. With amazing food and a lively atmosphere, it provided an excellent opportunity to meet new Fung Scholars and a chance to catch up with old friends for the previous scholars.
With the Tokyo chapter newly founded, we are keen to make it more active and prosperous. In December, we had the very first networking event other than the annual gatherings and it was a fantastic success. We welcome all Fung scholars from around the world, and if you are interested in our activities or visit Tokyo by any chance, please let us know! You will be more than glad to have you!
Global Career Talk with Fung Scholars in Tokyo/ Kanae Wada
Regarding the objectives proposed in the proposal, the very first event initiated by Fung Scholars in Tokyo ended up with a big success. The event was participated by 16 Fung Scholars, including two University of Tokyo (UTokyo) alumni. As most of the members came from different grades and majors, it became a very precious opportunity for networking and meeting new people. In addition, it became a very meaningful moment for us to reconsider careers by talking with people from different backgrounds and listening to Utokyo alumni who shared
their experiences and stories regarding their career. We talked mainly about how students can make good use of the experience of studying abroad. At the end, Fung Scholars in Tokyo were very grateful for the event. This event surely gave all the Fung Scholars a strong motivation to communicate and network more with other Fung Scholars. Therefore, it can be said that the very first Fung Scholars event initiated by Fung Scholars in Tokyo marked a very good start of the Fung Scholars Tokyo Chapter.
Comments from participants Misato Terasoma （FS18/19, the University of Tokyo, 4th year student） I am currently 4th year at the University and I’ve already decided the company that I am going to work from April. I was a bit worried about the work & career after the graduation. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with everyone out there. I really appreciate Wada-san and other members of Tokyo chapter who planned this event. I was expecting to talk with those who’s working about my worry on careers, but it was more than that. We shared our thoughts not only on the job-hunting and careers (from the practical aspects) but also our dreams, as well as goals that seem difficult to achieve but are attractive. It was a stimulating conversation and I hope to have future opportunities like this.
Ai Koyama (FS17/18, the University of Tokyo, Alumni) Communicating with students encouraged me to have a broader view apart from my daily job. I want more networking with others. Mingze Suen (FS18/19, The University of Tokyo, 2nd year student) I am very thankful that Fung Scholarships gave me the chance to meet people who are enthusiastic and eager to know more about the global world. I benefited a lot from talking and sharing opinions with other students. Yuki Otaka (FS19/20, the University of Tokyo, 2nd year student) I think it was so useful moment. I'm applying to USTEP (University-wide Student Exchange Program) next year and I was able to get some advice from seniors. Not only that, I listened some useful information about jobhunting or working.
Comments from participants Organizers
Hiromichi Wada (FS18/19) Fourth year student at the University of Tokyo, Major: Sociology
Yuting Cai (FS19/20) Second year student at the University of Tokyo, Major: International Relations
Kanae Wada (FS18/19) Fourth year student at the University of Tokyo, Major: Economics
Singapore Chapter Bringing Positivity to Those Around Us/ Jamie Ko
On 5th October 2019, we had a postdeparture and return gathering for Fung Scholars from multiple batches, and we also set up a chance for Hong Kong Fung Scholars in Singapore to meet other Singapore Fung Scholars. We would also like to express thanks to Warren Goh (FS18/19, Singapore Management University) and Ying Ho ((FS17/18, Singapore Management University) for arranging for the venue and snacks! As new Fung Scholars were already on exchange, one of them joined us over video call for the session. With the video call set up, we also had the pleasure of having JennyAnn join us for the session!
Jia Yi (FS18/19, National University of Singapore) shared about her exchange experience in Sydney, Australia, and also offered tips to people on exchange, or for anyone travelling with Australia! Narcissa Koh (FS17/18, National University of Singapore) also organized a surprise activity, where we got the group to collectively come up with a calendar of activities over 2 weeks to spread kindness and positivity to people around us, and in the process, generating some sunshine for ourselves.
Following the event, we also consolidated the ideas generated into a calendar, to share with the Fung Scholars Singapore Chapter to act on, and we also encouraged sharing the challenge to anyone else who would find the project fun / meaningful.
Narcissa also consolidated the results of the 2-week challenge, and summarized some takeaways and observations:
As a respondent shared, "There are many acts of kindness around us every day, we just have to be more conscious and empower ourselves and others to propagate positivity."
Limited Response on Survey
(Total 7) + General Decrease in Completion Rate over Time As much as we tried to engage, the survey came back with a small sample response, with some beyond that of the FS community! The finding might be attributed to the drop-off in response (due to busy schedules etc.) or the possibility that we are supporters of the thought of engaging in kind acts, but not necessarily doers of kind acts.
3 Take the First Step, it all Starts with Me :) Across respondent stories, it seems that they reaped positive emotions in the process of brightening the day of those around them. "When I did some kind things for my friends, they actually said it made their day!" "Keeping to this challenge has helped me to remind myself that â€œeven if no one does it, I can do itâ€? and how positivity really bounces around and makes everyone more happy :)"
2 Significantly Lower Completion
Being more courageous has opened new possibilities for them.
for Tasks Perceived to be More Effortful
"Reminds me again of how it makes sense to take the first step, without needing to fear rejection as much, because many people really do appreciate the gesture! :)"
Buying a treat for those in the service line, not complaining for a day and Skype calling a friend who is overseas â€” did these tasks potentially have more barriers to completion? This goes in contrast with tasks like HTHT, saying thank you and having genuine conversations beyond work. For the activities that go a mile beyond that of our comfort zone of require additional efforts on our end, we might not easily engage in, or have the tendency to delay its completion.
Whilst the movement has ended, do continue spreading the spirit of positivity whenever you can, to those around you, whether you know them or not! This is the first time experimenting with such an activity and we hope that the Singapore Chapter can help to spread more positive messages in future! Beyond this meaningful activity, Singapore Fung Scholars also got to catch up with other Fung Scholars on other occasions (some more ad-hoc than others!):
Singapore Fung Scholars at the 2019 Leadership Conference in Shanghai
Singapore Fung Scholars catch up with Fung Scholars in Hong Kong
Other Fung Scholar catch-ups in Singapore
Nearly twenty Fung Scholars and Fellows from Harvard, MIT and Boston College attended the First Fall Dinner Gathering 2019 in Boston on 30 September 2019. Charlie Tian (FS 13/14 &14/15, Harvard University) was invited to share his personal stories and reflections as well as strategic advice about his career options and decisionmaking process in an informal talk during the dinner. Charlie emphasized the importance of volunteering to help organize professional development events while at universities as a way to meet like-minded people. Nearly everyone engaged in Q&A with Charlie.
Boston Chapter Fung Scholars Dinner : Fireside Chat with Charlie Tian/ Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
Speed Mentoring and Facilitated Networking Over Dinner Reception/ Second Fall Event: Hosted by Mr. Jon Mills and Ms. Mable Chan Victor and William Fung Foundation Limited
The first half of the evening was filled with a networking simulation exercise over a dinner buffet. It began with a list of ice-breaker questions written on index cards prepared by Mable Chan, founder of One in a Billion Productions. Fung Fellow Abbie Liu also guided an informed and interesting conversation flow among the Fung fellows. They picked up quickly and the impromptu networking was fun. They each remarked how much they’d gotten to know one another through simple language and genuine curiosity about one another. The second half of the evening was with Jon and Mable conducting what’s popularly known among university students and young professionals as Speed Mentoring sessions. Jon talked about the importance of leveraging one’s college platform and developing relationships with professors during class and after hours, as well as tapping into alumni networks in fields and industries that appeal to them. He emphasized that this was one of the most overlooked yet critical steps students should take before graduating and launching one’s career. University professors and fellow alumni, more often than not, are happy to serve as mentors
and counselors after they get their degrees. Mable gave a five-minute talk about “Finding Your Voice” which was a topic that appealed to many Fung Fellows - males and females alike. She started with the example of Madeline Albright’s (former U.S. Secretary of State) personal journey of finding her voice that even high-profile and outstanding political figures struggle with finding their voice and speaking with confidence before, during and after they rise through the ranks. Mable gave practical takeaway tips on how they could develop their voice by reading, listening, and watching people they admire in public life as well as writing daily journals and reading out loud. By all accounts, it was one of the most impactful and intimate gatherings with an audience from Harvard, MIT and Boston College. Several fellows gave instant feedback about how they wished that more people were ought to be there that night to experience the high-quality connection as a network community. They also described the evening as “packed with a lot of advice to take home to unpack” and they felt much tighter as a group.
Community Engagement â€“
Oxford Strategy Group X Fung Foundation Collaboration /
Returning from the 2019 Fung Scholar Leadership Conference in Shanghai, I was beyond excited to have met so many likeminded individuals from around the world. Experiencing the Shanghainese cuisine, seeing the Bund at night, and taking part in the massive Chinese International Import Exposition were just some of my favourite activities that weekend. Indeed, what makes the Fung Scholars programme unique is that of a sense of community. As the Client Acquisition Director of Oxford Strategy Group (OSG) and a Fung Scholar, I kept this in mind when pitching a collaboration between OSG and the Fung Foundation. OSG is the premier
student-run consultancy at Oxford, with members coming from diverse backgrounds across disciplines and nationalities. Since 2012, OSG has worked on a low-cost basis with around 90 clients, which are collectively valued at US$650bn. These include listed companies such as Barclays and Unilever as well as many fast-growing start-ups including a transport unicorn in SE Asia and a hospitality unicorn based in India. We are active in the non-profit space as well, partnering with organizations ranging from West African government incubators to Nobel-prize nominated NGOs.
Immediately the collaboration between the two organisations was fraught with excitement from both sides. We are currently in the middle of the first engagement, looking into novel ways for the Foundation to engage with its Scholars in the UK. As a project mentor, I am thrilled to see the preliminary primary and secondary research done by our team (and thanks to the Fung Scholarsâ€™ responses) to support
insights fo r crafting final strategic recommendations. I hope this is the start of a long-standing partnership between OSG and the Fung Foundation, and I am honoured to have been the bridge that led to the exciting collaboration between the two organisations. I hope the Fung Scholars network shall be continually reinvigorated in our journey aiming to become the leaders of the future!
If you would like to learn more about OSG, or would like to follow the latest updates in the partnership, feel free to visit https://www.oxfordstrategygroup.com/.
INTRO Gotoco China runs an award-winning summer camp cultural exchange programme, giving university students from the ‘West’ a completely free and funded opportunity to visit China for summer camp cultural exchange and work-travel placements. Similar to AIESEC but focused purely on China and cultural exchange, Gotoco’s project has been recognised by the United Nations and British Chamber of Commerce in China in their recent
China Social Impact Awards for their contributions to Community and Culture. 1,500 students have joined Gotoco programmes so far and the number for 2020 intake is expected to be 1,000. The programme was established by two Fung scholars and a friend they met during their Fung foundation-funded year of study at Peking University. Please find a Q&A with their co-founder, Richard Lloyd, (FS12/13, 15/16, University of Oxford), below.
43 Question1: Please start by telling us a bit about how Gotoco started and your link to the Victor and William Fung Foundation. Danny and I both benefited from Fung Scholarship in 2012-13 when we studied at Peking University as part of our undergraduate Chinese Studies course at the University of Oxford. The financial support from the Foundation on our year abroad allowed us to save up enough capital to cover the basic costs of our initial website, marketing costs and programme administration, as well as giving us the capacity to travel and explore China. The Fung Foundation has since continued to play a very important part in helping us to become established. For example, many Oxford University participants on our programme have been granted generous funding by the Foundation to enable them to really make the most of their time in China. Since we graduated in 2015, we have been able to develop our own start-up social enterprise even further in close collaboration with our Chinese friend and partner, Lisha Tang, after meeting on our year abroad. As Gotoco, we have now arranged for over 1,500 North American and European university students to join fun, funded and free work-travel and cultural exchange projects all around China. We are pleased to be able to keep engaging with the Fung Scholars community to increase access to programmes in China and to improve understanding about China around the world.
The name refers to our aspiration to be the go-to (an expert in something!) for students wishing to explore somewhere while gaining qualifications. Currently, that ‘somewhere’ is China, but we hope to offer work-travel trips to a range of destinations over the coming years. For our first few weeks, we were simply called Go-to but it turned out to be a terrible name for Google SEO—common words as company names make for something that is “ungoogleable”. We quickly realised we needed a proper name, so appended ‘co’ (for ‘company’ or ‘cooperation’) to Goto and so Gotoco was born! We are the only organisation able to offer these programmes to students free of charge, while also offering a fully-funded TEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) certificate, free room and board, and a week-long trip to a mountain town, Yangshuo, near the Vietnamese border, at the end. We actually started because all other similar trips charged students huge fees on top of flights and visas and we wanted to make work-travel
more accessible. We continue to support the Fung Foundation’s mission by providing internships to students with scholarships from the University of Oxford. We are also developing more and more partnerships with other universities to offer funding support to our participants, such as Cardiff University, UW Madison, and UCL. In 2019, we’ve been proud to receive recognition for our team’s summer camp programmes following several years of hard work to make our trips as fun, valuable, affordable and sustainable as possible. Gotoco has been recognised for our efforts in Community and Culture by the UN and the British Chamber of Commerce in China at the China Social Impact Awards 2019 (http://www.socialimpactawards.cn/). We are also very excited to have been awarded the bronze award for Best Education Product at the British Youth Travel Awards 2019, for our TEFL and China education initiatives (https://www.britishyouthtravelawards.c om/winners-educational/).
Question 2: Tell us more about Gotoco, what makes your programme special? What’s the name about?
Question 3: How did you get the idea to do this exciting initiative? And how did you make those difficult first steps to get started? Our desire to start Gotoco and work on people-to-people cultural exchange started during our year abroad at Peking University in 2012-13. Fung funding allowed us to use our time in China to the fullâ€”taking Mandarin lessons, travelling and exploring as much as possible, instead of having to focus on earning enough money to survive. This freedom to engage in diverse hobbies and meet as many people as possible fostered a strong interest in local culture and in making immersive cultural exchange programmes accessible to more students. Upon graduation, we had no hesitation
in returning to China and joined together to found and grow Gotoco, building on the work Danny had done during his time at Oxford to set up summer camp programmes in Yangshuo, Guangxi in South China. Learning from the importance of maintaining diverse interests, and because we were just starting out, Danny enrolled in an MBA at Tsinghua University (before also completing a Masterâ€™s in Sinology at SOAS and studying in Hong Kong), while Richard worked as an analyst and then research manager for China Policy, a policy advisory company in Beijing. Pursuing other interests while starting Gotoco allowed us to learn much more about living, studying and working in China, while also developing our skills and networks and providing an income to sustain us while we got our business off the ground.
47 Question 4: How do you engaged and on the pulse?
We believe itâ€™s important to keep ourselves on our toes and get involved in various projects to gain new inspiration, perspectives, and insights on how to develop our own social enterprise. Our diversity of interests and activities has also allowed us to be patient and grow the company organically with no outside investment and sticking to our core values in offering meaningful, engaging, and funded cultural exchange adventures. We believe in being engaged with our community.
Besides the usual activities we undertake to stay on the ball in the China camps and cultural exchange sector, we also do our best to contribute to activities we support in Beijing, where we spend plenty of time. In the community, our team takes active roles supporting local initiatives such as the Royal Asiatic Society and Young China Watchers. Danny recently even took on a part-time role as the EU-China Literature Festivalâ€™s press relations manager, while in the UK Iâ€™ve joined the board of Insight Outreach, a charity focused on increasing access to universities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Question 5: What’s it like working across quite different cultural boundaries? How do you manage culturally diverse teams with different expectations? Working across cultures and borders has provided plenty of challenges, and we’ve been very lucky to partner with our friend Lisha Tang, whom we met on our year abroad in Beijing. Working with Lisha has allowed the three of us to maximise our differing skills and bring divergent perspectives to ensure the work we’re doing meets our clients and participants’ needs and expectations in China as well as in North America and Europe, while remaining compliant in different jurisdictions. This has been further heightened by bringing in strong team members with new skills and the right attitude as we’ve grown to help us keep achieving our goals in creating excellent work-travel and cultural exchange programmes.
Question 6: What value has been most important to the success of your company? Patience has been the key for us, as growing an international start-up with no prior business experience has meant long hours, many small setbacks and plenty of learning. There is no right answer on how to grow a fulfilling, successful project and you have to be ready constantly for dents to your confidence, re-alignment of your expectations, and unexpected new challenges. We have made plenty of mistakes along the way as we’ve tried to gauge what kind of people we need on our team, how to focus our time, what culture our office should have, and how to best engage with all of our Gotoco’ers. What we’ve had to realise as we’ve grown is that there is no point at which you can say you’ve made it, and we need to enjoy any small moments of achievement, especially happy feedback from Gotoco’ers, and not let the minor setbacks consume our lives, as running your own project can so easily do.
49 Question 7: What are your plans for the future? Now that we have been operating for several years and are more sustainable, we’re excited to start new projects over the coming year. We are working with our alumni network, which includes many Fung Scholars, to provide more career development pathways in education, non-profits and China-related careers. This year, we are focussing on developing synergies through partnerships with a variety of really important organisations. We have begun a partnership with Insight Outreach this year (disclosure: I am delighted to have become part of their board), a charity focused on university outreach, to allow our alumni to develop their skills further while supporting underprivileged school children in the UK to apply to top universities. Their flagship programme, the Oxford Mentorship Scheme, aimed to help students from underperforming state schools get into Oxford—in the last intake about 50% of their mentees got in, which is greatly beyond the national average for those schools. We are also initiating a collaboration with SupChina to bring our alumni into a large global community of China-watchers. In China, we’re delighted to be working with the Confucius Institute to create more cultural exchange projects, while also aiming to develop new local government projects to make programmes more accessible to rural children, using curricula that we have developed in-house. Further to this, we are currently developing a new China intro course with our Professor from when we studied at Oxford. This will be an in-depth but accessible course about Chinese history, society and culture to give students a lens through which to view China when they come here in the summer. We want to give everyone coming with us a good grounding in understanding China so that they can make the most of their time here, and pierce through some common misconceptions. We will welcome over 1,000 university students to China in summer 2020, and we want to ensure that everyone has as enriching and fun an experience as possible and can become part of a large network of like-minded China watchers on their return home.
Question 8: Thanks very much for your comments today, do you have any final words to say about your time with the Fung Foundation? We’re still very grateful for the base that the Fung Scholarship gave us on our year abroad, and hope that our projects help indirectly to further the Foundation’s goals. My colleague Danny was delighted to meet with the Foundation’s leadership earlier this month in Hong Kong to discuss ways to contribute more to the community of scholars in the UK; we are excited about various ventures that could contribute to this goal, so watch this space! We’re always very pleased to engage with the community and hope that we’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with more Fung Scholars over the coming years. We’re also considering launching an incubator for promising social enterprise start-ups for the summer vacation 2020, and welcome applications from Fung Scholars around the world!
Carrying Hong Kong Sash Across My Chest - / Bringing My Homeland to the World NG Sin Ying
Being a global citizen and cultural enthusiast, I always look for opportunities to explore new cultures around the world. During these years, I have been to New York City and mainland China for exchange study (supported by Fung Scholarship) and work respectively. This year, I had an unforgettable cross-cultural experience - as the only Hong Kong
Representative to participate in the 22nd Miss Tourism International held in Malaysia with 38 beautiful delegates from different countries. For me, it was not only a pageant but also a great platform for me to dig into Hong Kong history so as to showcase local culture to the world as well as to explore new cultures of other countries.
Get Prepared The whole preparation was hard yet fulfilling as it led me to discover myself, my homeland and my new collaboration with local design brands. Dig Deeper into myself and my city â€œMy Ambitionâ€?, a mandatory session in the competition entry form, drove me to look inside myself about my vision and what I wanted to achieve based on my resources and ability. Since I had graduated from fashion major in university, I worked for garment manufacturing industry as a garment technician for lingerie product development and technical solution for two years and a half. Having been stationed in the production plant in Zhongshan for these few years, I wished to face a challenge, a career breakthrough and a larger platform to showcase my design to the outside world. Besides, as an advocate for local cultural heritage preservation and local design, I devoted my leisure to Hong Kong history and cultural studies by participating in field trips and talking with different people in communities. After digging deep into myself, I could finally conclude that I wanted to commit to my community, make use of my design ability to showcase unique local culture and promote Hong Kong design to the outside world. It was an unexpected experience to understand and listen to the inner voice of myself.
Exploring Hong Kong designer brands
The costume design adopts traditional Qun Gua (裙褂) silhouette. It is a traditional Chinese wedding two-piece dress originated in Southern part of China, particularly in Guangdong region and Hong Kong since the late Ming Dynasty.
The Storyteller of Culture - Folk Costume The culture and history of a country could be well expressed in a type of clothing - the folk (national) costume. Most of the international pageants (including this one) require the delegates to wear national costumes for competition as the costume tells who you are and where you come from. I got the inspiration for Hong Kong folk costume design from the intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong - the
Kwan Kwa Wedding Costume ( 裙 褂 ), the symbolic view of Victoria Harbour and the neon signboards (霓虹燈) I observed during my field trip in Yau Tsim Mong District. Digital printing of overhanging vividlycoloured neon signboards on night-streets and laser-cut embroidery of the traditional auspicious pattern were the main features of this costume. A huge thanks to Fung Foundation and Li & Fung Sourcing Team for their help with fabric sourcing!
The neon signboards and night view of Victoria Harbour are printed on the sleeves to capture and record the beautiful landmarks and unique culture of Hong Kong. Due to legal restriction of signboards, neon signboards are becoming increasingly scarce year by year. I would like to raise public awareness of the importance of local cultural heritage and to remember the beauty of Hong Kong.
Design in Hong Kong To promote Hong Kong design to the outside world, I collaborated with two local design brands, “Goods of Desire” and “Postalk” for product and souvenir sponsorship. Their products represented Hong Kong’s east-meet-west culture with a sense of Hong Kong style humour, originality and creativity.
Collaborating with Hong Kong design brand “Postalk” & G.O.D “Goods of Desire”
Ready to Start After the two-and-a-half-month preparation, I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the competition in October with other 38 beautiful delegates around the world. During three weeks, we participated in various activities such as press conferences, talent
shows, sponsor activities, catwalk shows and local tours. As we helped each other to overcome difficulties, a strong bond was forged. Multinational friendship and cultural exchange experiences were what I treasured most from the competition.
Holding the Hong Kong flag and sash across my chest before departure
Multinational friendship On the first day of pageant, the pageant president Tan Sri Danny Ooi told us this pageant is not about “Winning” or “Losing”, it is a platform to make new friends from different countries. However, this was a beauty pageant after all and I did think most of the girls would be very competitive. Unexpectedly, most of the girls in the pageant were easy-going and helpful. Some of them were experienced fashion models and professional dancers in their countries who willingly provided catwalk training and dancing tips for the girls who needed help (including me, of course). The atmosphere was encouraging and we all sincerely wished everyone the best in the pageant or in future endeavours.
Wonderful experiences with my pageant sisters
Dacing performance in the world final
Cultural Exchange Experience It was truly amazing to know 38 different cultures from the delegates, which felt like I had been to one fifth of the countries of the world within three weeks. We experienced the cultures from each other, such as music, languages, festivals and food through souvenirs, national costumes and talent performances. We also further extended our sharing of social well-being, politics and a global view of different countries which were rarely covered by media. As a representative of Hong Kong, I devoted myself to publicizing how Hong Kong people treasured our beloved local cultures and core values.
Cultural exchange experience
National costume showcase
Just a New Beginning Although I did not get any awards, my folk costume design was ranked as Top 10 favourite national costumes by foreign media. The end of this pageant marked the beginning of my life: a new network, multinational friendships and a new ambition. I will continue to work on my ambition: committing to community services, making use of my design to showcase unique local culture and promote Hong Kong design to the world.
Top 10 favourite national costumes nominated by foreign media
Looking forward to a new challenge & continuing to work on my ambition
Platforms As If People Mattered Shuang L. Frost
ABSTRACT In his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful, economist E. F. Schumacher observed that an ascendant ideology of “bigger is better” industrialism was driving humans to become the servants of machines. “If technology is felt to be becoming more and more inhuman,” he reflected, “we might do well to consider whether it is possible to have something better—a technology with a human face.” Taking up Schumacher's call, this article considers the possibility of “small” digital platforms in the context of China's contemporary ride‐hailing industry. Through an ethnographic study of V Taxi, a grassroots community of taxi drivers, it explores how a human‐centric platform for transportation services emerged, developed, and survived in
a rapidly shifting economic and political landscape. The beauty and resilience of this platform lie in its ability to harness local social networks, enabling individual actors to share economic opportunities, skills, and knowledge. Through these practices of sharing, V Taxi members produce relational value, which strengthens community bonds. Drawing upon analytic frameworks from economic anthropology in conjunction with insights from science and technology studies, this article argues that “small” digital platforms can empower economic actors by enabling the production of relational value, thus protecting human agency and expanding human capabilities.
For more please visit link: https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/sea2.12162
EDITORIAL I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the representatives of the University of Oxford for the 2016 International Leadership Programme in China, with the generous support of the Fung Scholarship Programme. I graduated with a Masterâ€™s in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, specialising in biological logic systems and completed my research under Jerome Bonnet at the CBS lab, Montpellier, France. Having worked in Tokyo and at the Ministry of Defence, I am now based between London and Cambridge working in innovation. I help to develop novel early stage technologies for international companies, while keeping up my interest in languages and history in my spare time.
Stanley Mitchell Editor FS15/16, The University of Oxford
Brisson Lam Editor FS18/19, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Brisson received his Fung Scholarships for his academic exchange during the spring semester of 2019 at The University of British Columbia in Canada. He currently is a final year student majoring in Biotechnology and minoring in Business at HKUST. Brisson enjoys photography, working out in the gym, as well as traveling (especially to Japan!). In fact, he newly formed photography interest group in the FS Hong Kong local chapter. Please feel free to join his photography group and stay tuned for the groupâ€™s coming events!
Xiyan HUANG Editor FS16/17, Nanjing University Xiyan was awarded Fung Scholarship for her academic exchange at the University of Hong Kong in 2016. She holds a BA in English and Journalism from Nanjing University and a MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science. Her hobbies are food, movies and songwriting.
Jing Zhang Editor FS19/20, Xiamen University Jing Zhang is now a junior student majoring in Anthropology at Xiamen University, China, and was awarded 2019-20 Fung Scholarship during her academic exchange at the University of Hong Kong. She is now applying for the Oxford Prospects and Global Development Institute Visiting Student Programme 2020-2021, hoping to spend her last year of college in England. In her spare time, she likes reading, writing, listening to music and volunteering. She has a dream of going to see the world and then write down her experience.
Nikki Wu Designer FS19/20, Nanjing University Nikki Wu was awarded Fung Scholarship for her academic exchange at the University of Hong Kong in 2019. She is currently in her third year studying Public Administration at Nanjing University. She is a fan of Joey Wong, loves travelling, and is currently picking up photography.
WRITERS Iâ€™m a Year 4 student majoring in Cultural Studies at Lingnan University. I was on exchange in the Netherlands for the fall semester in 2018 and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the recipients of FungScholarship. Joining the FS family, I received more opportunities to meet new friends and new challenges. I joined the Social Impact Internship from July to August 2019 in Beijing, which was a fruitful and unforgettable experience. I love travelling, listening to music, and everything related to Disney!
aleon Fung FS11/12, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
I have a dream That one day on every inch of our Earth all of us will not be judged by the jobs we do but the thanks we receive, not by the education we receive but the imagination we have, not by the abilities we have but the humanity we show. You may say I am a dreamer, but if you join me, I will not be the only one.
FS18/19, Lingnan University
Jefferson Chen is a Fung Scholar in the 2019 year where he interned at a MedTech firm in China. He is a ChineseCanadian student, currently in his third year studying chemistry at Trinity a College, Oxford. He is an avid food-lover, loves to solo-travel, and is currently picking up mixed martial arts.
Jamie Ko FS09/10, Singapore Management University
I received the Fung Scholarship in 2010 for my exchange at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Once I completed a double degree in Business Management (Marketing) and Accountancy at Singapore Management University, I spent the first 6 years of my career as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. I spent some time in an early stage HR tech start-up, and have recently joined Grab's Regional Public Affairs team. In my free time, I love making things with my hands. Since starting the Singapore Chapter in 2011, I have continued to enjoy meeting with new and not-so-new Fung Scholars based in Singapore.
FS19/20, The University of Oxford
Kanae Wada FS18/19, The University of Tokyo
I am Kanae Wada. I am a 4th gradestudent at the University of Tokyo, majoring in Economics. I studied abroad at the University of Sheffield in 2018-19 with the grateful support of Fung Scholarships. I had great experiences at the University of Sheffield such as studying at the international environment and engaging with extracurricular activities. All of these essential experiments in Sheffield would contribute to broadening my perspective.
"I received the Fung Scholarship in 2017 to study sociology at the University of Hong Kong. After graduating from Fudan University, I joined the FS family again to start my social impact internship in summer 2019. Both of them are life changing experience to me, where I learned how to be compassionate about the people and the community around me. Now I am a postgraduate law student at Bristol, UK. In terms of extracurricular activities, I am passionate about dance and theatre, and I used to be a Chinese dancer when I was an undergraduate."
FS17/18, Fudan University
Kathleen Schwind FS17/18, The Cambridge
Kathleen Schwind is a 2017 Fung Scholar from MIT, from which she hold a b achelo rs a n d ma ste rs d eg re e in Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution. She is the first person in her MIT department to graduate with a bachelors and masters in four years, and became the first undergraduate teaching assistant when she joined the teaching team for the popular course “The Art and Science of Negotiation.” Kathleen’s passion lies in the field of international relations, specifically in negotiation, water diplomacy, national security, and artificial intelligence governance. Her past work has focused on engaging and inspiring youth to pursue STEM fields and has looked at the overlap between STEM and policy. During her time at MIT she coupled this with her work in informal settlements and the developing world. Her recent research looked at the role of water in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is currently studying at the University of Cambridge, where she is pursuing an MPhil in International Relations and Politics and researching the factors that contribute to effective transboundary water negotiations and agreements in the Middle East. In the near future she will be attending law school or business school, and working in international relations in Washington DC. She is honored to be a member of the Fung Scholars Foundation.
President of Fung Scholars Hong Kong Chapter. With comprehensive work experience in several investment banks and financial institutions. Currently specialized in finance and risk management. He is also part of the AIA Foundation young Leaders Development Programme.
FS06/07, The City University of Hong Kong
Miranda Wang FS18/19, Shanghai University
I’m Miranda Wang, currently studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University – majoring in journalism and communication (Cultural and creative industry management). It sounds cool, right? It is. My classmates and professors are all interesting and creative because you know when you are interested in the word “creative” and want to learn more about it then you can’t help but be a creative person yourself. We have classes like “Creative practices” including brunches like film making, music production, sculpture, Chinese calligraphy and so on for students to choose. I will graduate in March, 2020 (If everything goes well). I hope that I can always remember the time being a student and live a life creatively. As the FS group is growing bigger and bigger, let’s try to bring more creativity and inspiration to the outsider world together as well. Just like one of the FS Eileen said, even it’s small.
Shuang is an anthropologist of technology, economy and social policy with a regional focus on China. She recently completed PhD of social anthropology at Harvard University. Her dissertation "Moralizing Disruption" explores the emergence, contestation, and moralization of ride-hailing platforms in contemporary China. She is interested in using ethnographic research to inform social policies that could empower individuals in global technological transformations. She is currently serving as the China representative for global think tank The Future Society, studying different ethical frameworks of AI governance and forging global dialogues among various stakeholders.
FS16/17, Harvard University
Shuang L. Frost
Richard studied Chinese and Tibetan at the University of Oxford, where he received a Blue for football, and was a Fung Scholar in 2012-13. Since graduating in 2015, he has developed his own social enterprise, Gotoco China, with fellow Fung Scholar, Daniel Parrott, and their Chinese partner, Lisha Tang, while also working as a Research Manager for a policy advisory in Beijing.
Shouta Hayashi FS 18/19, The University of Tokyo
I expect to complete my undergraduate degree in Ecology at The University of Tokyo in March 2020 and to study environmental management for a masterâ€™s degree. I was awarded the Fung Scholarship in 2018 for my exchange at the University of British Columbia, Canada where I studied a wide range of environmental science beyond my major. I am currently working on research on pollination services in buckwheat, in Japan. I am eager to contribute to addressing environmental issues, in particular, biodiversity loss that is caused by the disharmony between the biosphere and anthropogenic activities with an interdisciplinary perspective and approaches.
FS12/13, 15/16, The University of Oxford
WRITERS Steven graduated with a BBA (Hons) in Applied Economics and Marketing from Hong Kong Baptist University, and was awarded Fung Scholarship in 2015-16 during his academic exchange at Management Center Innsbruck, Austria for one semester. His is now working in the public relations field with expertise on the luxury retail sector. Steven also devote his leisure time to voluntary service and running.
Winson Cheng FS 17/18, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Winson is awarded the Fung Scholarship in 2017. A final year student of electrical engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Winson went on exchange at North Carolina State University in the United States in Spring 2018. Winson likes running and doing different kinds of sports. He also devotes his leisure time to student initiative volunteer work in Hong Kong and some overseas countries.
FS15/16, Hong University
Xiaoling Wu is currently a final-year student from Xiamen University, majored in English Language and Literature. Xiaoling was selected as a Fung Scholar in 2018, and also successfully enrolled in the PIM-Fung Social Impact Internship Program in 2019. During her internship at A Better Community (ABC), a brilliant Chinaâ€™s social enterprise, she was responsible for social media marketing and graphic design, sharing her ideas with those passionate about philanthropy and social enterprise. Deeply in love with social linguistics and second language education, she is now applying for masterâ€™s programs in the U.K., with the hope to convey the power of language to children all over the world.
Ying Ng FS13/14, The Hong Polytechnic University
In her spare time, Xiaoling enjoys movies, gourmet food, singing and travelling. As a graduate of arts, she believes the power of poetry, beauty, romance and love.
FS18/19, Xiamen University I received Fung Scholarship in 2014 for fashion design programme at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After my graduation in Fashion & Textiles from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), I had been stationed in mainland for two and a half years as Technical Associate in a listed garment manufacturing company. Currently, I am working in PolyU as research assistant to explore potential opportunities regarding sustainable development in fashion industry.
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