Kentucky Fried Chicken and communism
For his elective, Neil Stone went to Hong Kong; the province was handed back from British rule to China in 1997. He contrasts the east meets west atmosphere with the communist capital, Beijing
- By: Neil Stone
I did my elective in obstetrics and gynaecology at Hong Kong University, in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Academically, the elective was excellent. Queen Mary Hospital is a first class facility, beautifully located on a hill on Hong Kong Island, overlooking the western shore. The hospital is modern and well equipped, clean, and well maintained.
All teaching was in English, despite the fact that in some cases the students and also doctors had fairly poor spoken English, and as soon as the teaching session was over doctors and students alike would revert to their mother tongue of Cantonese. The language barrier did cause difficulties in outpatient clinics, as taking a history was virtually impossible. Nevertheless, I did have ample opportunity to examine patients and managed to learn a few basic phrases of Cantonese, but it is undoubtedly a difficult language to pick