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A Journey to the Heart

Prof. Lau Siu-ying Patrick, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, hosted the first Public Lecture for CUHK 50th Anniversary by the Faculty of Education on 19 January. In his lecture entitled ‘A Passage to Sichuan: A Journey to the Heart’, Professor Lau recalled how he was shaken by news of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan on 12 May 2008. By the end of the same month, he flew to Chengdu, hoping to do his bit for disaster survivors. Upon his return, Professor Lau contemplated how to sustain his counselling service and came out with the idea of providing training for local people who could serve the community in the long run. Since then, he has visited Chengdu nine times conducting self-exploration groups, seminars and workshops of the Comprehensive Guidance Programme for the master’s students of Sichuan Normal University.

Professor Lau said about his visit, ‘My trip to Sichuan originated from passion. I contributed my professional expertise to local society and I kept doing it. It’s also a personal journey for me and my students, and I hope the audience as well. I’ll keep going to Sichuan.’