You’d think I’d be used to this question, as many times as I’ve gotten it. There’s no single, easy-to-articulate reason why I’m going to HK, other than because I want to. But that’s a cop-out, so I’ll try a top 5 reasons list.
1. To find out what it’s like.
I’ve never been to HK and know almost nothing about it. It’s about the size of NYC, but British. And Asian. I figure the worst-case scenario is that I’ll hate it and leave. (But at least then I’ll know what it’s like.)
2. I want to be overseas.
In the past few years I’ve felt a little under-stimulated here in the US (“the bubble”.) Of course, I could exert some effort and tailor my stateside existence to be less vapid and media-saturated, but why not just cross a pond?
3. I want to still work in advertising.
This shortens the overseas list a bit. I would just as happily go to South America or Europe. It just feels like a good time to be in Asia; hard to articulate why. Just an outsider’s impression.
I figure I’ll work in HK for awhile and see what it leads to. I mean, it can’t work against me, right? (Cue Lundberg’s voice from Office Space), “Ummm yeah… I see here you worked in Hong Kooong…hm, we’re going to have to pass on you for this position. We’re actually looking for someone who hasn’t worked in Hong Kong…”
I actually know nothing about HK food, I just wanted a 5th reason for the list. I assume the people there eat something, right? Surely it’s not all bad.
So “why HK?” I don’t know; why th’ hell not?! I’ll be dead in 75 years, may as well know what Hong Kong is like. Plus, people who’ve been there seem to like it.