As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. That is exactly how I feel about leaving Hong Kong. During my last week at the Lion Rock office I have had a variety of tasks. Early in the week I wrote a Letter to the Editor to the South China Morning Post. This was in support of two policies that the Chief Executive announced in the 2014 Policy Address last week. One policy is supporting exceptional students to study abroad and the other is relaxing requirements which foreign trained doctors have to achieve in order to practice in Hong Kong.
I have also spent some time early in the week researching an American Historian named Ian Morris who visited Mannkal. In one of his most prominent books, Why the Wet Rules, For Now, Ian Morris traces the history of eastern or western dominance and predicts that before the turn of the 22nd century, the east will dominate. He visited Hong Kong to get an insight into Hong Kong’s role in eastern dominance because of its close proximity to China. Some of the Lion Rock staff and myself met with him to discuss these issues over coffee.
My time at Lion Rock and in Hong Kong has sadly come to an end! On one of my last evenings here, I returned to the peak, to get one last look at the beautiful Hong Kong skyline. After one last work dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant on Friday night, I returned to Perth over the weekend.
This has been an invaluable experience, both living in Hong Kong and interning at the Lion Rock Institute. I would like to thank everyone at Lion Rock for having me over the last eight weeks, the staff taking time out of their hectic schedules to mentor me and teach me not only about the free market but about advocacy. I would also like to thank everyone at Mannkal for this opportunity, one which would not have been possible to experience just by attending university or reading books. I aspire to advocate the free market and libertarian ideals back in Perth and take the knowledge and experience I have gained from living and working in Hong Kong to be the prime example of why such ideals are beneficial.