From the Far East to the West

March 21, 2017

Although I love my country, I wanted to move. I felt like I needed to explore more of the world and not just stay in the same place for the rest of my life… Sometimes, life doesn’t work out the way you planned. 

A man lights a cigarette

Alfie’s coat is inspired by his great-grandfather’s military uniform

My name is Alfie. I came to the UK last September, so I’m pretty new here. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and like a lot of people in my country, we are very patriotic. Although I love my country, I wanted to move. I felt like I needed to explore more of the world and not just stay in the same place for the rest of my life. Yes I’ve travelled before but that’s different, you don’t really get to experience life the same way you do when you live somewhere.

I finished high school two years ago and I took a break for a year. I’m lucky that my parents supported this decision because you know the typical Asian parent stereotype? Where they tell their kids to study, study, study. My parents are more liberal and allowed me to make up my mind about what I wanted to do first. I spent the year helping out at a primary school, teaching English to the kids. During this time, I decided that I would study at politics at university.

A man smoking

Alfie enjoys Leeds because the people are friendly

I always wanted to go to England because as a kid I loved the Harry Potter books and films. I know it sounds stupid but I it made me curious about England. When I got here, I started at university but it wasn’t how I imagined. I wasn’t enjoying my course like I thought I would. After I talked with my parents, they allowed me to take a law course at BPP. I love Leeds and I want to stay in this city so I was finding something I could do here. A law degree from UK is very valuable back home so I thought it’s perfect.

In my spare time I like going down to the station to chill. There are many birds that come in big groups and sometimes I bring them bread and just sit and feed them. It’s nice to have some time to myself to clear my head, it’s very relaxing.

By Leyla Rose

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