Interviewee :Wanman Stoneman Chan
Date:02 – 17 – 1998
Stoneman is ninetieth-years-old. He is a 5 feet 8 inch Chinese boy. He has a big nose but small
eyes with glasses. By looking at his mouth, you will think that he is a talkative boy because of his big
mouth, but not. He is a passive person. If you don’t talk to him, he never opens his big mouth because
he knows his mouth stink. Although you maybe hate stink, you will like to talk with him because he is
really very kind and he can give you a good reaction and a helpful suggestion when you have any problem
you can’t solve by yourself. He is a smart boy and also a fat boy. His abdomen’s length is 37 inch. He can
eat 4 Big-Macs in the lunch, therefore he got 185 pound. He don’t like sport, so I think it is very difficult
for him when he want to lose his weight.
Q: It is very nice to have an interview with you. You came from Hong Kong. How long have you been
A: My family came here in 1990 and I came here in 1994.
Q: Why did you come here later 4 years than your family? Did you live alone in Hong Kong when your
A: No, I lived with my uncle. The reason why I stayed in Hong Kong was I wanted to study in the Hong
Kong University. I had to finish the high school and pass the Hong Kong Certification of Education
Examination to get in the Hong Kong University. So I stayed in Hong Kong and studied.
A:Yes, I passed the examination but the grade was not high enough to get in the Hong Kong University.
Q: So you came here for continuous your education?
A: You can say that, but actually, my family immigrated in this country.
Q: Which college are you studying now?
A: Queensborough Community College but I will transfer to the St. John University next years because my
college is a 2-year college, so I have to go to another college.
A: My majors are Economic and Marketing. The minor is Accounting.
Q: You have a lot of classes, do you think you can handle them?
A: Yes, of course. The America’s education is not similar to Hong Kong. I feel no pressure in studying
here. It is so comfortable to study in this country.
Q: What do you think about the differences of education or college between Hong Kong and the United
A: I don’t know how to say but I can remember that when I was studying in Hong Kong, I felt extremely
terrible pressure everyday. You know there are only 7 universities in Hong Kong and more than ninety
thousand students want to get to the universities every year. It is not enough seat to supply all the
students. You have to contend with another students. You must fight for the certification to go to the
university. That pressure drove me crazy. It was an indelible memory and I cannot forget it because it
already branded in my mind. But in this country, you can find college or university everywhere. You
don’t need to worry that you cannot go to the college. You can also apply the finical aid. The only
think you must worry about is yourself. You don’t need to strive with another students but it doesn’t
mean you don’t need to concentrate on your study. Therefore yourself is the only one you must fight to.
Q: I think you like to study in this country but do you like to live in this country? I heard that a lot of Hong
Kong people don’t like to live in here because they feel bored. They also say it is quite expensive to live
in here. What do think about this?
A: To be honest, I feel bored in here sometime. You know Hong Kong is a crowd city. I still remember
when I lived in Hong Kong, I could go to movie or go to play the t.v. games when I felt bored. It was
because I could find it easily, but it is not easy to go to movie, play the t.v. games or billiards in this
country if you do not have a car. Every time I go to the theatre, I need to spend more than half-hour to
wait a bus and the travelling time spend another half-hour, so I need at least one hour to get to the
theatre from my house. And I will not have dinner or lunch in restaurant because it really very
expensive. I can remember that I just need to spend about U.S.$2 to have a meal in McDonald in Hong
Kong but I need to spend more than U.S.$4 in here, I agree that it is quite expensive to live in this
Q: If you don’t like to live in here, will you go back to Hong Kong?
A: I don’t know that I do or do not like to live in this country. I just enjoy my study at this moment, so I can
not tell you what will happen in the future.
Q: Thank you for your time. I hope you will have a good future.