A TALE OF
Joyce Xu, a spring semester exchange student from Hong Kong, is adapting to the new life at NUS, exploring different facets of Singapore and trying to spot the differences between the two Asian Tigers.
s an exchange student majoring in journalism and political science from the University of Hong Kong, I will be studying at NUS for the second year of my undergraduate study. I hope to be able to take this precious opportunity to explore the Lion City and venture into the unknown, learning more about Singaporean culture and meeting
more new buddies from all over the world. The two Asian Tigers, Hong Kong and Singapore have often been perceived as being very similar to each other. Both were former British colonies and have transformed from a small fishing village into a world-class cosmopolitan city, and both are
technology-advanced economic powerhouses with prosperous financial and trade activities. Naturally, there has always been a heated debate as to which place is the better gateway to Asia. I have come across some exchange buddies who said that they were torn between the two cities when they were deciding where to go for exchange. However, I have some
reservations about this perception of similarity. Indeed, both cities possess unique characteristics and complexities that made them stand out from the other, and each possesses its share of capabilities and charm.
Published on Apr 6, 2013