A group of students from HKPolyU is teaching students in a hospitality school in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, how to make “pineapple bun” (菠蘿包). The HK students are taking a service-learning subject offered by PolyU’s famed School of Hotel and Tourism Management.
The Vietnamese school was set up less than a year ago by a Vietnamese director who escaped from Vietnam in 1975, spent 35 years in Germany and then returned 5 years ago.
The school is actually set up in the bishop’s house. It targets young people from the countryside and the streets, who obviously cannot pay the fees. They studied and live in the dormitory at the school. The school is funded by donations from Vietnam and Germany.
While I was having tea with the director, a young woman came in and gave a small donation to the director, for the special need of one of the students.
It is hard not to be touched by the story. You want to celebrate the human spirit.