Hong Kong 2013
This blog will explore the travels and misadventures that Todd experiences during his 3-week teaching trip to Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counseling.
Hit the ground running
Well, one thing is for sure: when visiting Hong Kong, you have to hit the ground running or get swept away in the chaos. We are staying on the Kowloon side, which is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. So far, we have witnessed or expereinced cabs being snatched (from us as well as from others) by folks with too much hurry and not enough social conscience, elevators crammed into in the most uncomfortable of ways, and even hotel shuttles where British and Austrailian tourists have been pushed out of the way by mainland Chinese tourists desperate to get as much shopping into their vacation as possible. One learns quickly to adapt and survive in such an environment; for example showing cabbies your hotel card BEFORE entering the taxi, rather than once you are speeding down the road.
The same breakneck pace has defined my teaching experience here in Hong Kong as well. Teaching from 7 - 10:30 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night certainly takes its toll, but the students are warm and eager to learn. On Sunday afternoon I delivered a translated seminar on Sexual Addiction for over 50 individuals at the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counselors that was well received. Many of the pastors and counselors in attendance communicated their appreciation for our willingness to discuss such a problematic issue so openly. Their consensus was sexual addiciton is a deeply concerning issue in Hong Kong culture that is fueled by similar dynamics faced in the West: accessibility, affordability and anonymity. Additionally, the church in Hong Kong, per the report of those in attendance, has remained largely silent on the issue. As Mark Laaser suggests, "Silence is the greatest enemy of sexual health."
In spite of the hecticness, we were able to escape to historic Stanley Market on the south side of the island and enjoy the local flavor for awhile on Monday. More shopping and relaxing today and tomorrow, then hopefully Macau island on Thursday morning until Friday morning. This week will build up steam quickly. Teaching again Friday night, two conference presentations on Saturday afternoon, teaching Saturday night, Sunday afternoon Sexual Addiction undergraduate class begins, and another lecture for the Assessment class on Sunday night. Adapt. Survive. Hit the ground running.
Until next time....