I'm Returning Home!
My Journey in 2016
After spending Christmas and New Year in Germany, I returned to a windy and rainy Manchester. Now I am preparing myself for another journey, destination: Hong Kong (my home town!).
This 4-month trip is to research and gather data for my studies. This is the fun part of doing a PhD, as I have a legitimate reason to interview strangers to learn about an interesting topic.
I really look forward to this exciting journey. Nevertheless, anxiety does arise because I may be faced with reverse culture shock even though I will return to my home country for only a few months. My first concern is re-adjusting to living with my family. In Hong Kong, the pricey rent has put off my idea of finding a temporary place so I have no choice but to move back home.
I am now accustomed to the British culture in which privacy and freedom is highly valued. Back in Hong Kong, my family may have a different understanding of privacy and freedom, so we will need to clarify our expectations explicitly to avoid any conflict.
My second concern is communicating effectively. Over the years, changes occurred within me without me even noticing. My parents may view me as the same child who left home to study in the United Kingdom 3 years ago. At the same time, I hope I can reflect on my differences and convey my thoughts in an open-minded and patient manner. Then my relationships with family and friends will be far more likely to grow positively.
In spite of my concerns, I am excited and ready to enjoy some delicious food and embrace the warmth of Hong Kong!
I will be blogging soon on how I cope with moving back in with my family and my experience of reverse culture shock. Stay tuned!