Is Hong Kong the last stop?

20 Sep
Jimmy Hsiesh in sportswear.

Jimmy Hsiesh, 34. Photo: Sarunlee


HONG KONG – Most people live in their hometowns for the rest of their lives, but “expatriates” or “expats” live in a country which is not their own. Some expats leave their countries to work in another one, but this might not be applicable to a man whose life has been through five different countries.

A young-looking executive dressing casually in sportswear started brewing a cup of handmade traditional Chinese tea in a living room in his flat located nearby the MTR Olympic station in Kowloon, Hong Kong. He is one of many expats living in this busy city.

He is now 34 years old but still looks young and energetic. His name is Jimmy Hsiesh from Taiwan. He is a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm headquartered in New York City in the US.

Prior to getting this job, he graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia with an undergraduate degree in business banking and finance and passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

“The reason that I came to Hong Kong was a job offer from such a world-leading financial institute in the financial market of the world like Hong Kong,” Hsiesh said.

His journeys are also interesting. He started in his hometown and then moved to Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Shanghai and Hong Kong, respectively. He spent about three to four years in each country mainly to study and work.

“I spent time in Australia the most about seven years to complete my bachelor’s degree and work,” he said with a broad smile. “I have three visas so far, but two of them have already expired.”

Hsiesh cannot confirm whether Hong Kong would be the last stop for him or not; nevertheless, he still looks happy to live in this city without having any plan to move to other places.

The tea that he made was still warm, scenting the room with a different but interesting aroma unlike other kinds of tea widely sold in supermarkets and convenient stores. That might resemble Hsiesh himself whose life is full of journeys and challenges lying ahead out of his hometown.


Posted by on 20/09/2011 in Journalistic Entry


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8 responses to “Is Hong Kong the last stop?

  1. Lee

    25/09/2011 at 02:57

    Such a nice interesting life. I wanna be like him like passing CFA.555+

    • sarunlee

      02/11/2011 at 23:41

      Thanks for your comment. I believe you can do it ^^.

  2. trackingzoe

    27/09/2011 at 20:14

    I like the picture and the title especially. And I can easily find your interviewee quite competent and confident.
    There is sth I would love to point out. It is reqired in the AP stylebook of the name. We mention the person by full name at first time, then the last name for the rest of the article.
    A very interesting person you have got!

    • sarunlee

      02/11/2011 at 23:37

      Thanks for your comment!!

  3. Thiri

    27/09/2011 at 23:26

    This post is letting me know about some of HK’s business world and businessperson, so I like that. And I wonder if we left out about ‘before starting a discussion’ in the first paragraph’ for being a good post.

  4. holimaynell

    02/10/2011 at 20:50

    I like your story..the guy is…and the essay is very smooth…it would be better if you could provide more information about him.


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