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Connie - Story of Immigration

I was born in Hong Kong, and I came to Canada when I was 17. I started in Grade 12, and then I went to UBC for an electrical and computer engineering bachelor degree. When I moved here, I found that it was very different. The curriculum was easier, and I found that people were more laid back; it’s really different from the fast paced city culture in Hong Kong. The shops are mostly all closed at around seven, some close at five, and by eight, pretty much all the shops are closed. There’s not much city nightlife, unless you go downtown where the clubs and bars are still open, but that’s about it. It’s a very isolated pocket of industry that’s still open.The rest of the city basically goes to sleep. And that, for me, was shocking to see. I came from a city that never sleeps to a city that sleeps very early.

But after being here for many years, I definitely prefer Canada because I think it’s a more well balanced lifestyle. I think there’s more to life than just work, more to life than just money. I think there's a sense of social responsibility, a sense of being able to take care of your family. It’s about finding time to be present with your family, and I think that in a lot of places around the world, time is not always easily accessible.

My favourite part about Vancouver is 100% the beautiful scenery we have: the mountain, water, and the four seasons. You can golf, ski, and more. Whereas, compared to other places in Hong Kong, I think there’s only one season throughout the year, which is summer all year long. I’m not

saying that Vancouver has the best climate in the

world, but it’s definitely award winning.

My dream job as a high school student was to be a movie star. But I never came close to it and never even got exposed to it. When you go to university, or even high school, it’s hard to find a path that takes you into creative art and all that. I guess you really have to seek it, but I never tried hard enough. So, I ended up doing electrical engineering as it fit my own strengths in logical thinking and problem solving. I think if I’m going to pick a career or

something to study, I want to find something I’m strong at.


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