You’d never guess what role this idyllic campus played in the biggest protest of 2014…

In the fall of 2014, high school and university students in Hong Kong made headlines around the world as they boycotted classes and barricaded downtown streets, adopting the umbrella as their mascot in an occupation protest that lasted for weeks and weeks. Many of the students left their classrooms at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in the northern, almost-suburban New Territories (pictured above) to join the movement in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island.

The umbrella movement is just one symptom of the social, cultural, and political upheaval that roils beneath Hong Kong’s orderly, systematic surface as the territory transitions from British colony to Chinese city. Yale-China Teaching Fellows in Hong Kong have an unparalleled view of these changes—and an unparalleled chance to understand them in depth—thanks to their position at the intersection of a Cantonese-speaking local Chinese community, a Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese community, and an English-speaking expatriate community. Each of these communities is populated with some students, some colleagues, and some friends, yielding a nuanced composite of all their many perspectives.

Yale-China Teaching Fellows have had a place in Hong Kong since 1956, due to Yale-China’s partnership with the then-fledgling New Asia College. New Asia later became a founding constituent of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, so today Yale-China Teaching Fellows are afforded a position of unusual distinction at a world-class university.

Fellows in Hong Kong teach a core curriculum to English majors from across the university, while the special ties to New Asia College persist in extracurricular duties and a course on American history and culture that is available exclusively to New Asia students.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is just one partner institution for the Yale-China Teaching Fellowship. To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity for personal growth and service and the other three sites, click here.

The couple of years after college graduation is a time for discovery. You took the well-worn path and went to college. Now it is time to do things most won't, don't, or can't. Yale-China will give you such opportunities and you will refer back to this time for the rest of your life. Really.
     —Lina Ayenew, TD 2010, former Teaching Fellow in Changsha

Go for it! Be adventurous, not risk averse. The world is changing far too fast to "plan" your future!
     —Douglas Murray, JE 1958, former Teaching Fellow in Hong Kong

Yale-China provides Fellows with

  • Intensive Chinese language training
  • Salary / stipend
  • Free housing and emergency medical insurance
  • A wide network of former Fellows
  • Training, ongoing support, and much more.

Yale seniors and graduates within five years are eligible to apply by January 31, 2015.
No prior study of Chinese required. To learn more:

> Virtual Info Session    > Application Information
Not a senior but interested in China? Check out Yale-China's other Education programs.

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Every site has its own special characteristics, and every Fellow has the flexibility to chart a unique course through the two-year experience at any given site. Take advantage of these resources to get a fuller picture of the full range of fellowship experiences through the eyes of some of these individuals.

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