New Arrival Students in Hong Kong

Adaptation and School Performance

Hei Hang TANG
B.Soc.Sc H.K.

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong

May 2002


I declare that this thesis represents my own work, except where due acknowledgement is made, and that it has not been previously included in a thesis, dissertation or report submitted to this University or to any other institution for a degree, diploma or other qualification.

Signed … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … Hei Hang TANG


This study is the endeavour of many people. I am indebted to all the participating new arrival students who shared with me their experiences, subjectivities, hopes and frustrations in adaptation. Appreciatio n is also to Dr. Benjamin K.P. Leung who

supervised the thesis with patience and unfailing help.

Writing (word production) is indeed a painful process yet I would like to appreciate the social support of all workers of the “Words’ Factory”: Chong-cheung, Bei-shu-cheung and all other fellows. “Let’s keep the production rate by P-1.”

My gratitude goes also to Yuen- mei, David, Richael, and Mr. T.H. Hui of Fukien Secondary School. I like to thank Tai Po Government Secondary School for giving me a chance to teach English to 10 new arrival students in tutorial class. I am also grateful to Justin who took me to the Orientation Camp for new arrivals. Special thanks to Gladys for polishing my clumsy work.

This thesis is dedicated to my parents for their love and care. Love, encouragement and prayers of “Antioch of Praise” as well as the brothers and sisters of my church indeed motivated me when difficulties seemed too much to overcome.

Praise be to my Lord for this spiritual training. Through this I start to know my life key verse more: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”