Linda Tran, a third year Management student, reveals what it means to experience Hong Kong. It‘s not just a city with regular typhoons and dramatic hills, something that Europeans immediately note, it’s also a pulsing metropolis where Asia meets Western culture.
Linda is on a 5-month exchange course at the Polytechnic University HK (PolyU), at the department of Institute of Clothing and Textiles. ‘I enjoy the course and the facilities of the university, especially the huge textile lab where you can find a variety of spinning and weaving machines and dyeing materials.’ By taking more courses than other students she hopes to get the most out of her time there. The subjects she studies include Fashion Finance, Advertising Management, International Business for Fashion & Textiles, Elementary Chinese and Professional English. Linda points out that AMFI and PolyU are pretty much identical in the quality of education and student diversity.
Another advantage of the programme is the possibility to travel. The school organises trips to Shenzen and Dongguan in China where Zara and H&M have their productions. On this aspect Linda says: ‘It is not just learning on paper, but you actually experience the production processes of these brands in the factories.’
‘If you go downtown to SOHO you can also find plenty of inspiring art galleries and Fashion Designers. It seems like every day a new venue or shop gets opened, where you see the merge of modern cutting-edge design with traditional Chinese tradition. You can really feel the spirit of entrepreneurship in the air.’ As a fashion professional in the making she emphasizes that her Hong Kong experience is one of her greatest sources of inspiration.
If you want to read more about Linda’s experiences in Hong Kong, go to her blog linpunt.com.
Text: Zil Vostalova, 2nd year International Fashion & Design student. Photos: Linda Tran.