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Well, what’s worse than getting an offer that you know you would certainly like to go for, but you can’t? I would rather have my toenails peeled off one by one with pliers! Therefore, I kindly ask for any funding possible which would support my PhD study!

Why a Linguistics PhD?!

Having been in Scotland for five years and studying Linguistics for four years, I have been amazed by the indivisible link between language and identity.  Therefore, I intend to do a project on how the British Colonial period had an impact on Hong Kong Cantonese, and how the linguistics changes contributed to the reluctance of Hong Kong people to admit that they are actually Chinese. While there have been many researches done on how Chinese speakers learn English, the field on how English changed Chinese is still a fresh research area. I would like to be a pioneer academic to investigate in this field.

My Project:

My project is titled ‘The Impact on Hong Kong Cantonese by the British Educational Policy during the Colonial Period’. It would involve three main parts:

1. To conduct the research, the English Language education policy in Hong Kong from the early colonial period to the beginning of 21st Century will be analysed in order to get a grasp on the degree that English came into contact with Hong Kong Cantonese.

2. The unique features of Hong Kong Cantonese which came from English will then be found out. The loanwords from English to Hong Kong Cantonese will be categorised to see what side of culture English affected Hong Kong more.

3. Discussion of the change in the view of national identity of Hong Kong people brought by the influence of English in the colonial period (e.g. how? to what extent?)

This is a very brief introduction of my intended project and you are of course welcome to ask me more about it!

What I Would Offer for Your Investment:
£10- You will receive  important updates on my progress of my research project via e-mail, with ocassional discussion on the interesting reading I found.

£30- You will receive a postcard

£40- You will receive 4 free Chinese Lessons through Skype (I have been doing private tutoring during my time in Aberdeen so I believe you are guaranteed to learn something!)

£50- You will be in the Acknowledgement in my thesis (of course, only if you want)

£70- You will receive 8 free Chinese Lessons through Skype

£90- I will send you a copy of my thesis once I have finished it

£200- All of the above, and I will send you a personal letter to you every 3 months to keep you updated on the progress of my project.

Last but not least, if I can finally afford to get into the programme, I would

1. Set up a YouTube Channel (I already have one right now : https://www.youtube.com/user/711hayes but I will set up a new one) to keep all the contributors updated with my study in Ireland every week the least.

2. set up a new blog to discuss books I have been reading for my project (of course the interesting one!) (I do have a blog now: https://hayeschan.wordpress.com/author/hayeschan/ but yea I will set a new one up)

Help spread the word!

And for anyone who would like to contribute, here’s my funding page: https://www.gofundme.com/fund-my-phd-at-uni-college-dublin

 

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Food and Girls

I am quite a good chef, and everytime I cook I try to think about how to improve my dish next time. And now I discover the connection between food an girls.

A good dish often looks good, smells good, and tastes good. It is the kind of food that you would like to keep in your mouth for as long as possible because once it went down to your digestive system, it is gone. This kind of food, is just like the beauty and cuteness of Emma Watson, and Kate Beckinsale.

There are many ways to cook: bake, fry, steam, boil….. Among those, deep-frying is the most special one, as it completely changes how the ingredients taste. The first few bites of a deep-fried product are probably quite enjoyable, as it has a crispy crust surrounding the hot stuff inside. However, it wouldn’t take long until you get sick of it because of the oil. Deep-frying, is basically just giving a crust to cover the food, just like the girls having enormous amount of make-up, or plastic surgeries, just to make themselves like the ‘deep-fried’ food. With everyone covering themselves with the ‘deep-fried’ crust, it is hard to spot the difference between Emma Watson and the others, until they uncover themselves. But what’s the point of it then? Everyone is just a clone?

Well, sometimes, all you need is just a normal bowl of rice. It does not have the beauty of Kate Beckinsale or the cuteness of Emma Watson, but at least, it is real.

With the stock markets, currency exchange, and bookmakers all indicating a strong ‘Remain’ vote in the EU in-or-out referendum, it came all as a surprise, that Britain would, against all odds, vote for a Bre-xit.

Since the Primer Minister David Cameron set out the date for the referendum, ‘Remain’ side has always been the favourite, which could be a bad thing for the ‘Remain’ campaign as they thought they would win easily. The ‘Bre-xit’ side, however, campaigned hard, gained the momentum, and finally won.

Not judging which side is right or wrong, David Cameron is definitely a political gambler. In two years, he set out two referendums: The Scottish Independence Referendum, and the EU In-or-Out Referendum, which could potentially break the whole UK down. He does value democracy, but at the same time, it could really split the whole UK. In the Scottish referendum, he won; and in this one, he lost.

From the referendum, it is not hard to see the country is so divided. No matter which side won, there would be nearly half of unsatisfied voters. The main division, as I could see, was between the rich and the working class: The rich backed Remain while Workers backed Leave. This can also be seen from bookmakers: Big bets went to back ‘REMAIN’; while small individual bets backed ‘LEAVE’. Whichever the result went, the country would still have to settle the big division between two sides.

Now a Brexit vote won, there are consequences, although no one can confirm whether it is good or bad for the country. The economy will fall a bit as the pound went down; there would be inflation; house prices would drop (but this probably would be short-term), it could trigger another Scottish referendum as Scotland voted decisively on Remain, and it could potentially ruin the EU.

Well, sometimes where there are risks, there are opportunities. There are pros and cons in everything. For me, there would be a Hayes-xit in-and-out referendum after I graduate next year, and see if the HNP (HayesChan National Party) would vote for remaining in UK or leaving to work in other countries.

Lottery-> Who doesn’t know it is almost impossible to win big money from it?
£1 to buy a chance of being a millionaire, it is not a lot, but it is wiser to save it for food and things, which we basically need.

LOL! The aim of lottery is not for people to practically get rich. It is not an activity for people to burn their money; not a ticket for people to revive (to live another life), a chance for people to fantasise about winning the lottery before the results come out.

What would you do ‘when’ you won the million dollars/ pounds?
Study/ work-free life, partying everyday, living in a castle, travelling around the world (or maybe the space as well), hiring celebrities to appear in your party, and probably never calculating the maximum amount of money you can use in a day……..

Nowadays people fight loads of obstacles just to get a job; working like a bull just to earn enough to make a living. Now you can use a quid, to buy a dream, or fantasy, what a fair deal!

So we should not be pissed that we don’t win. We should be thankful to the National Lottery for allowing us to spend a quid on a never-ending dream. Winning, is just a bonus.

While the UK government put the blame on EU immigrants, my beloved Home Secretary May discouraged non-EU citizens who wish to study in UK again. Under the new rule, non-EU students are NOT allowed to work DURING and AFTER their study in UK. In other words, the right to work up to 20 hours a week during study has been scrapped, as well as the right to switch from study visa to work visa. Fair game, fair play, non-EU students are treated like criminals here, as they basically have no rights. They pay a huge amount of money to come to study, and to be ‘punished’ by the government, the whole thing makes a whole lot of sense! Such a shame I didn’t know any politics before coming to study in UK, but if I did, I probably wouldn’t have come to UK, but somewhere else, like Germany and Sweden, where they would at least treat you like a normal citizen, at least they would treasure you.

Their argument is that the reason you come to UK, is to study, purely study. I can’t argue against that, but for the majority of people, you study so you can get a good job to secure a better life. Study, and work, are probably inseparable in one’s life. It’s like breathing, studying is inhaling (you suck in the knowledge into your brain); working is like exhaling (you use your knowledge to serve the country). So, for non-EU students studying in UK, you are ONLY allowed to inhale, but not exhale. Also, banning non-EU students from working part-time during term time, yea, it’s alright, but sometimes there are students who need to work to make end meets, so the rule is probably discriminating non-EU students who are NOT exceptionally rich. Well, but I expected this because it’s the posh party ruling.

Okay, EVEN if their point of view of ‘students should only study and not work’ is correct, why don’t you ban all students from working, but only non-EU ones? Yes, you probably need to give benefits to EU citizens to retain your EU membership, but one cannot choose to be born in EU or not, isn’t it a little bit unfair to some people (Although probably you think it’s only minority and doesn’t matter because we are not white)?

Well, even from the country’s point of view, it’s not a sensible act. You scare people so fewer international students will come to study in UK. Tuition fees from international students are usually the main source that can fund a university. So, under the new rule, we can expect to see some universities being clamped down. Moreover, you train people, and ‘encourage’ people to spend their workforce and intelligence in the other countries, well, thank you May, this is probably the rule that allows me to see my future path again. Your new rule gave me an opportunity to focus on the whole Europe rather than only UK, and this may actually lead to a better future.

‘Study in UK and have a better future’, is your slogan, right? For what you do, it should be ‘Study in UK, work somewhere, and have a better future’. For me, ‘Study in UK, finish, then leave.’ is what my impression. So the current slogan is full of bullcrap.

Well, from what I hear in Scotland, I heard many voices against the new rule. Scotland’s voices should be heard! But I know Tory will always ignore it anyway.

Well, to be a bit extreme, I’d rather be deported under UKIP than Tory. At least UKIP treats EU and non-EU people more fairly, while Tory is probably a bunch of _______ (fill your own gap).

Having been in UK, I concerned too much about immigrating here. I know clearly that, I don’t wanna go back to Hong Kong for work. But what I did miss, was that, there were more European countries that are available to me, that I probably love, that are probably better than UK for me. To be honest, I do like Scotland.

UK immigration is being more and more difficult. It was quite a worry to me, leading me to (maybe) think about doing courses that I totally don’t suit (Yes I thought about doing something related to oil in postgraduate so I can almost guarantee a job that will give me a working visa to stay). All my plan is to study and work, so I can legally stay here for 10 years, then apply for Indefinite Leave Remain, and then a citizenship.

My plan will probably still work, as the new rule of working visa doesn’t affect me, although I think it is entirely a BULLCRAP. So the new rule is, if you want to apply for settlement in UK through working visa, you have to earn £35,000 when you apply for it. While UK ‘seems’ to be blaming for EU immigrants, it is continuing to build the barriers for Non-EU people who want to settle down in UK. This allows me to see what the government really is. There are many people who stay here with working visa will be forced to leave the country if they don’t earn that much. Some of those people are married. To them, it will be a painful divorce. Is that what you want, No. 10? A trial separation, or painful divorce? I know you don’t want unskilled workers to come to the country, but isn’t £35,000 a bit too high? The average salary in UK is way lower than that. Oh yea, also, Non-EU immigrants account for all the immigrants in the country. It makes sense. And yea, you train people and kick them away, as if you cooked a meal, and you throw the food away, make sense.

If I have one piece of advice for people who want to study in UK, that will be “Don’t, if you are not the next Einstein.” You come here to study, you pay a huge tuition fee, and you will NOT be welcome to stay in the country after you graduate if your IQ doesn’t score 200. Well, I’d say Scotland’s approach to students has been nice and friendly, so I quite like Scotland. It’s just that the people in power…. that grosses me out.

Perhaps, studying in UK is a mistake, but I wouldn’t have known that. I’d rather have gone to other European countries for university, even though language could be a communication barrier. But at least, I will feel welcome there. Now, even if I qualify to settle down here, I’m not sure if I will. Thanks for the people in power for encouraging me to learn a new language, and to know what I really want to do. Cheers mates!

I have a dream

To a pal of mine who kept saying to me ‘At the end, you will go back to Hong Kong to live and work, as you will never get a good job here in Europe even if you can stay here. Then you will definitely have to, willing or not, go back.’ I just want to tell this ‘pal’ of mine (who came to Aberdeen with me from Hong Kong), that I am sorry for his pessimistic view of the world. Living in Europe has been my dream for long. I know a fact that, staying in UK to work and to get a citizenship is never easy and I HAVE ALREADY KNOWN THAT, I do NOT need him to keep mentioning it to me that I got almost NO chance. I know this, so I started learning Swedish, because I found that it will be way easier to get a citizenship through Sweden. I will probably keep up my French again soon, because I could also do it through Belgium. Why do I do all that? Because I have a dream, that I would like to fulfil. To that friend of mine, I just want to tell you that, although in your eyes, every place is the same and it is just money that matters, I wholly, truthfully, sincerely, disagree with you. Yes, money matters. Money equals time, time can heal all wounds, so money may be able to cure all wounds. But, have you every thought about dreams, and happiness? A very rich person, can be so poor, that all his got is money. I am not saying that I don’t care about earning money, what I mean is, fulfilling my dreams would give me a sense of achievement, which ultimately gives me a life that I want.

Dreams are very crucial in one’s life, because without dreams, life is miserable. One can be both realistic and have dreams right? If you are an extreme realist who have no dreams, you can probably go ‘fund’ (as a substitute of a rude word) yourself on the day that you were born, as you know everyone is gonna die at the end and nothing last. I probably shouldn’t play table-tennis then because I’ll never be better than some people.

Practically, since the UK Border tends to hate International Students (as they even tried to limited their chance to work here right after graduating), my immigration plan has been changed and is no longer only limited to UK (sensible change as I like Sweden too, was just illuded since I came here long enough). After doing my Undergraduate degree, I’ll do a post-graduate degree here, and I aim at ‘International Law’ or ‘Real Estate’ to increase my competitiveness. To be fair, I thought I would like English and Linguistics, so I didn’t count my choice of subjects to be a mistake. Also, in the forth year, I’ll properly learn Swedish from University. After graduating, I’ll apply for jobs in Sweden that can give me work visa and work for 5 years. Job Done. Another route, if I am not satisfied with the job, I can ALWAYS do a course in Belgium (European Studies in KU Leuven) as it does not cost much, and keep going. As long as I stay in ANY EU countries (apart from UK) for 5 or more years I am entitled a EU passport. Am I not realistic? I checked everything I can do for my dream! And I will go fund myself for those plans!

So, my friend, do NOT think it is impossible for me. When there is a will, there is a way. The path may be tough, but I will get through it and be so happy that you will never be.

Before approaching this discussion, I have to make it clear that, the following is purely my opinion. I believe when supporting a certain party in an election, you are supposed to think from the country as a whole. I did not, as I knew if I were already a UK citizen, I would have supported a different party (i.e. if it is not for the sake of immigration). I know it’s wrong for me to do that, but before I can really vote when I think about the country as a whole, I need to be a citizen first. Therefore, I only supported parties which can be beneficial to me. It’s kinda selfish but well….

Not long after the poll stations closed, the exit poll came out, putting Tories on top of the list with 316 seats versus Labour’s 239 seats. Tory, was the government, that closed the post-study-work visa route that would have allowed me to stay here for 2  years after graduating. With the post-study-work visa route, I would be confident that I can successfully move here to the UK, the place that I like. However, they closed it. So, I knew it wasn’t good news for me as the exit poll came out. I have to prepare that one day I’ll be forced to leave the country as I don’t qualify to be a citizen here. SNP did well, and they said they wanted to reintroduce the post-study-work visa for international students. I am happy they did well, but I am not sure if they can actually bring it back for me. Well, what matters in the end of the day, is only the person in 10 Downing Street, especially with a majority government. So I am not sure what they can do about it. Of course I hope they can bring it back but I am gonna prepare for the worst.

Well it ended up a majority Tory government, with Labour party, Lib Dems, and UKIP being crushed. UKIP got quite many votes but they just got 1 seat. Labour Party was such a disappointment, they could not blame it on SNP’s success as even if they added up the 56 seats that SNP got, they would still have lost by quite a margin. Lib Dems, probably a mistake that they did a deal with Tory last time. So the leaders of the three parties were gone. Ed stepped down, the bacon sandwich tale ended; Nick Clegg resigned, quite like him actually; Nigel… brought a lot of fun sometimes, will his teeth get deported for NOT BEING WHITE?

Well, congratulations to Tory then, time for me to find out ways to stay in Europe, oh dear it’s difficult…. Might as well get my own party, HayesChan National Party (HNP)!

My family is a poor one, where cash is the only thing left. Dad is always busy counting cash, while mum is always busy collecting the cash. We don’t even have bedding sheets, so we cover ourselves with bank notes.

We don’t even have toilet rolls, so we use bank notes to wipe my butt. In order to see from the dark, we burn the bank notes to get the light for reading and stuff like that, therefore my eyes are poor.

The location of my house is no good as well. Every of my friend lives somewhere near supermarket, while the nearest Tesco to my house is like 3 hours of driving away, you get to go with Ferrari as well, if you go with Benz, it takes you 4 hours probably.

Since my house is too big, I sometimes pee myself at the night time because it is too far from my bedroom to the toilet. So I got a motor bike so I could get to the loo on time.

Everytime I think about my horrible past, I feel bad about it.

Since the ‘yes’ votes lost, I have been thinking about whether my immigration plan would still work. I just can’t be so positive for it. I just don’t think there is a high chance that the plan that my family and I worked out would work. I thank them for their massive support, as I am the first priority for the immigration plan, as they know that I love Europe, and going back to Hong Kong would be like putting a salmon back onto the beach (i.e. it would suffer). We aim at 3 types of visa which would allow me to stay in the UK for 10 years, then I could get into the citizenship:

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur):
This plan requires you to invest £200,000 to run a business, and the business has to work for 3 years before you can extend the visa to more years. This is still the main part of the plan, however, I would quite feel sorry for my parents. It is their money, they earned it with a lot of work and sweat. ALTHOUGH they want to use it to give a chance for all of us to move here, I am not sure if it is a good idea to risk that amount of money. Besides, after the general election next year, there is a chance that they are restricting the rule too, so I am not sure if we can even afford it.

Tier 2 (General)
This is the plan that I aimed at, but I am super UNCONFIDENT about it. I need to get a job with annual salary more that £24,000, and the company who hired me has to show that there is NO other EU candidates who can fill in this role (I think the immigration rule is a bit of a racist) I just don’t see how I can get it….

Tier 4 (Student)
Being a student for 10 years? Aye, the ideal case, IF the 8-year-cap (limit that you can’t stay in university for mroe than 8 years on student visa) This is not gonna work in my opinion…

My mum joked about marrying a British girl would allow me to stay here. Aye, it is true, but it is hard. If any of the reader of this post is inetested, give me a shout and we will see if we have chemistry. (Lol!)

As I have mentioned in one of my previos posts, I love Scotland. I can’t imagine what it woudl be like if I am forced to leave: remember every previous memory here: the scene that I first came here, the friends I got here, the silly jokes I share with my friends here, and how I started table-tennis here, going nightouts…………… I think I would burst into tears if I am forced to leave those memories.

If I cannot get to stay here, I would go to Sweden (probably one of the easies EU countries to immigrate, with many people speaking English too), get a EU passport, then (if UKIP does not succeed), then I would still be able to come back to this amazing land as a EU Citizen and stay for long.

Scotland, is my first love (in terms of countries). I am sure there are other good countries I would like out there, like Belgium, and Germany. But my first love, is always gonna be Scotland, and so, it will need to be my home.