It has been 16 years since Hong, the 55-year-old man from China’s Fujian Province, immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 2003.
By listening to his stories, we could not help being impressed.
In the 1981 College Entrance Examination, Hong scored the highest grade among all students in Fuqing, a city of Fujian province, in the subject of English. Four years later, he became a lecturer with the College of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University. In 1987, he started his postgraduate study in foreign languages with the best grade in the entrance examination and became a student of professor Lin Jitao, fifth descendent of Lin Zexu, the Chinese Opium War hero. After graduating with Postgraduate Diploma in English & American Literature in China, Hong earned a second postgraduate diploma in Translation Studies in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Having been an English professor for nearly ten years, Hong possesses a great deal of knowledge of the western world, including its literature, geology, history, philosophy, religion, law, taxation, etc. His profound understanding of the culture has paved the way for his later being quickly accustomed to the society in New Zealand.
Hong’s career has also been remarkable.
Hong has worked as Manager of Auckland Regional Council Communication and Engagement, Team Leader Asia, Statistics New Zealand, Inaugural Steering Committee Member, the Southern Initiative, Auckland Council, Inaugural Member of Ethnic Panel of Auckland Council, Asia-Pacific Investment Advisor at former Waterfront Auckland, Head of Investment and International Relationships at Panuku an Auckland Council Controlled Organization. Executive of New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA), Member of China Engagement New Zealand Core Cities, Board of Trustee, Pigeon Mountain Primary School etc.
John is currently an independent candidate of Auckland mayoral election.
It was never easy for a Chinese migrant to have such a profound experience with the Auckland Council. In Hong’s words, his interview for the special advisor with the Waterfront Auckland was quite a battle, where he was questioned by seven members of the board at the same time. But he finally scored the position and has been working diligently.
Hong has also served global renowned companies including Puma and Adidas. For decades, the candidate has been dedicated to the cultural communication and economic exchange between Eastern and Western countries.