Feisworld
Ep 73. Gordon Lau: Journey of a Student Philosopher
Aug 29, 2016 · 47 min
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Gordon Lau recently graduated from NYU with a degree in philosophy.

At age five, I took Gordon skating for the first time. He furiously got up after after each fall and didn't want to leave for hours. At age ten, he won a Ping Pong Tournament in Hong Kong, played Rugby for the Hong Kong National Junior Team against some of the most competitive leagues in the world. He's a skateboarder who self started several skate camps to help others learn.

Gordon and his family moved to Toronto when he was three. He didn't speak any English and was enrolled in a Montessori School.  Just before middle school, his family moved back to Hong Kong, when Gordon experienced reverse cultural shock. He then enrolled in the brutally competitive Hong Kong International School (HKIS) through high school.

What will you get out of this interview?

Beyond my own reflections for Gordon's upbringing and recent development, his story isn't unusual for millennials today. Many children grow up in multiple continents as a result of their parents jobs, choice of immigration. I find it interesting and often educational to connect with people like them. They have all faced and overcome fears and struggles at an early age.

When you have to move around constantly as a kid, the lost of friendship and familiarity of the life you once had can be difficult to manage. People who experience these transitions early in life are often more calm and resourceful as they get older.

Feisworld Podcast has tapped into an interesting theme about change, because all of us go through changes frequently. Very few of them are unnoticeable. Many are  uncomfortable and intimidating, or even scary at times. We are not alone in this most human experience. Hearing other people's stories on Feisworld has painted a vivid picture for me to understand just that.

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