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“Adversities” and “obstacles” are not in my dictionary - Amen Luk
“Adversities” and “obstacles” are not in my dictionary - Amen Luk
Amen Luk
Amen Luk
Participant in the Support Services Programme for Cross-boundary Families

With long, wavy hair and a serene glow – Amen Luk, now 46, seems outwardly unmarked by the harshness of life. Her sombre face is the only hint of her turbulent past, and her rare smile appears only when her son, Pak Ho, is mentioned during conversation.

As the saying goes: a mother’s love conquers all, and Amen’s story is one of extraordinary perseverance and positivity. It was 13 years ago when she left her home in Guangzhou to settle in Hong Kong, and it was through these 13 years of tears, toil and hardship that she developed the strength of will to forge ahead. Amen has instilled the same in Pak Ho, and he strives to live up to the saying, “Those who complain the least survive the greatest of hardships”. Today, Amen works in social welfare, and for the past three years, has been helping new migrants and ethnic minorities adapt to life in Hong Kong. She hopes her experience can help illuminate the path for those sharing a similar fate.

Persevering through Hardship to Help Others

Amen never let the adversities in life bring her down. One year later, the family was allocated public housing in Tsing Yi, but Pak Ho, who had just started primary school, told his mother about being followed by strangers all the time. It was then Amen realised that the previous tenant had borrowed from loan sharks. She was fearless however, and confronted the loan sharks on her own, successfully convincing them to leave her family alone.

Amen recalled the difficulty she had in helping her son switch schools. “A lot of schools looked down upon us new migrants, denying us even a chance for an interview.” Not easily deterred, Amen checked with the Education Bureau for schools with available places, and even pleaded with the headmasters. Finally after two tries, she succeeded in securing a place for Pak Ho.

Having learnt the meaning of hardship, Pak Ho is a diligent student who is now studying accounting at a university in Australia. Without scholarship support, Amen had to sell her apartment to support Pak Ho’s studies. Taking after his tough-spirited mother, Pak Ho did his best to earn his own keep, asking his mother only to buy him either a bed, a desk or a computer, and he would take care of the other two.

Now, Amen works at a welfare organisation where she conducts regular tours for new migrants and ethnic minorities, helping them integrate into society. She knows, better than anyone, the sense of helplessness one can feel when moving into a new environment.

Amen never let the adversities in life bring her down. They only serve to steel her resolve and give her strength to forge ahead.
Amen hopes that her experience will inspire others to have the courage to face adversity.

Persevering through Hardship to Help Others

Amen never let the adversities in life bring her down. One year later, the family was allocated public housing in Tsing Yi, but Pak Ho, who had just started primary school, told his mother about being followed by strangers all the time. It was then Amen realised that the previous tenant had borrowed from loan sharks. She was fearless however, and confronted the loan sharks on her own, successfully convincing them to leave her family alone.

Amen recalled the difficulty she had in helping her son switch schools. “A lot of schools looked down upon us new migrants, denying us even a chance for an interview.” Not easily deterred, Amen checked with the Education Bureau for schools with available places, and even pleaded with the headmasters. Finally after two tries, she succeeded in securing a place for Pak Ho.

Having learnt the meaning of hardship, Pak Ho is a diligent student who is now studying accounting at a university in Australia. Without scholarship support, Amen had to sell her apartment to support Pak Ho’s studies. Taking after his tough-spirited mother, Pak Ho did his best to earn his own keep, asking his mother only to buy him either a bed, a desk or a computer, and he would take care of the other two.

Now, Amen works at a welfare organisation where she conducts regular tours for new migrants and ethnic minorities, helping them integrate into society. She knows, better than anyone, the sense of helplessness one can feel when moving into a new environment.

Usually reserved, Amen only breaks into a smile when her son, Pak Ho, is mentioned during conversation.
Amen now serves in a social welfare organisation and regularly visits new migrants and ethnic minorities to help them integrate into society.

Speaking from personal experience, Amen had this to say: “As long as you have hope in life, you can adapt to anything. There is no hardship that you cannot endure.”

Support Services Programme for Cross-boundary Families
Website: http://www.isshk-jc.com/index.html

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