Newsletter No. 416

Photos of Prof. Shen Xu Hui Simon in this issue by Cheung Wai-lok 沈旭晖教授 社会科学院副教授 你负责的全球政治经济社会科学硕士课程提出 「全球在地化的学习经验」的口号,是什么意思? 我们的课程内容是关于国际事务,但会从学生身边一 些与他们最相关或他们最感兴趣的事物出发。例如 他是个基金经理,一定想知道金砖国家的概念和发展 趋势,我们可能从那里开始,慢慢讲到这些国家的背景 和经济模式等等。又或者他只喜欢看足球,我们明年会 开一班有关全球政治经济与运动的科目,比如曼联怎 样管理其全球化经营体系。 我们的社会有足够的全球视野吗? 几十年前的报纸,是会一直把越战当为头条报道;近十 多二十年却明显变得非常本地化,全年可能未必有一 件国际新闻放在头条。这反映出我们不觉得国际事务 与我们的生活有关,但如果我们只对本地事物有兴趣, 视野就像唐人街一样。我念书时常去唐人街看中文报 纸,它们常报道我们这条街那个同乡会领袖做过些什 么,接待了那个来宾。香港是国际都市,国际事件和我 们的生存直接有关。如果我们目光如豆,很快就会丧失 发挥优势的位置。 你希望怎样改变这种风气? 我相信每一份工作都需要全球事务的知识。比如波斯 湾打仗,对你公司的表现有何影响。如果能令企业负责 面试的人力资源经理明白,全球事务的知识就像良好 的中英文能力一样,是就业所需的基本技能,甚至令他 们在企业培训中加入这些元素,相信可以慢慢改变社 会的观念。 你是否有兴趣从政? 绝对没有。我的主要身分是国际关系的研究者,以此身 分为基础的任何合作,我觉得都很合适;完全抽离这种 身分,就本末倒置很不合适。现在担任的公职多多少少 与我的主要身分有关,比如参与太平洋经济合作香港 委员会,便与我研究的范畴直接有关。一直以来都有很 多不同的邀请或工作介绍,只要是超出我的身分或专 业范畴,我都不会做,这是我的原则。 你喜欢在媒体曝光吗? 不喜欢。我并非享受到媒体上发言的人,从小到大都不 是。但你不用这种方式,就很难达到某些效果。最近几 年我很想做的事,是与一些机构建立比较稳定的合作, 在幕前培养另一批人。我有很多学生已经准备就绪,往 后几年会见到很多新脸孔。我自己则会专心建立一些 框架。我觉得自己在幕后做规划的价值,大于在幕前不 断去冲。 你写文章资料都很丰富,是信手拈来,还是要花很 多时间查资料? 我小时候爱集邮,基本资料是那时候累积的。集邮须 要认识国家,知道它们的历史,为什么改这个国名,什 么年代用什么王国名称,用什 么文字,有什么图案,有那些 历史人物,什么时候和什么国 家关系不同了,引致什么变化, 这些都是很基本的知识。我 又喜欢把东西分门别类,所以 当时就不断做统计画图表,慢 慢就很熟悉。当然每写一个个 案,都会做一些简单的研究。 Prof. Shen Xu Hui Simon Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science Are you interested in going into politics? Absolutely not. I am first and foremost a researcher of international affairs. I believe that any form of collaboration based on this role would be appropriate; any undertaking unrelated to it is not. The positions I’ve held in public service are more or less related to this identity. For example, I’m a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, a position directly related to my research field. Over the years I’ve received many invitations or job referrals, I’ve rejected all those that are not related to my identity or research fields. That’s my principle. Do you enjoy appearing in the media? Not at all. I’ve never liked media exposure. But if you don’t rely on the media, it’ll be very difficult to achieve some of your objectives. In recent years I’ve strived to establish more stable relationships with some organizations and groom someone new for media exposure. Many of my students are ready. There will be some new faces in the years to come. By that time, I’ll have devoted myself to setting up frameworks. I believe that I’m of greater value planning behind the scenes than being in the spotlight. Your articles are rich in information. Is it all in by heart or you have to do a lot of research before putting pen to paper? I was a stamp collector when I was young. My knowledge of various countries was acquired at that time. If you’re serious about stamp collecting, you need to know a lot about countries—their histories, how they got their names, other names they had, symbols they use, their historical figures, the relations with other countries and what consequences entailed changes to these relations. These are basic. I also like to sort and categorize things. So, I kept statistics and drew a lot of tables and charts. Of course, whenever I write about a particular case, I still have to do some simple research. 请扫描QR码阅读全文版 Scan the QR code for the full version The Master of Social Science Programme in Global Political Economy that you are in charge of pledges to offer a ‘Glocalizing Learning Experience’. What does that mean? Our programme is about international affairs. But we start from something that is most relevant to students or that interests them most. For example, if a student is a fund manager, he or she must be interested in knowing the concept underlying the so-called BRIC countries and their developmental trends. From that, we can move on to the backgrounds and economic patterns of these countries. For students who are football fans, we’ll have a course on global political economy and sports that will teach topics including, for example, Manchester United’s international marketing strategy. Is Hong Kong society global enough? A few decades ago, the Vietnam War was front-page news. But in the past 10 or 20 years, newspapers have been extremely localized. You are hard put to find one international issue that makes front-page headlines in a year. This reflects the fact that we don’t think international issues are relevant to our lives. But if we’re only interested in local matters, our vision will be similar to those people in China towns overseas. When I was a student, I often went to China town to read Chinese newspapers. They often ran stories about Mr. so-and-so was given a reception by some leader from some fellow townsmen association. Hong Kong is a global city. International issues are relevant to our survival. If we are too parochial, this city will lose its niche. How should this be changed? I believe that every job has a certain global dimension. For example, how does a war in the Persian Gulf affect your company’s performance? The perception of society will gradually change if human resources managers come to realize that knowledge of international affairs is a basic skill for employment, just like proficiency in English and Chinese. They may also incorporate this dimension into their corporate training programmes. 12 No. 416, 19.4.2013

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