Samuel Tsang Chun-Sum

2009 Scholar

Samuel Tsang Chun-Sum

2009 Scholar

Samuel has a strong interest in community services, education and linguistics, and aspires to weave the three together in his career. Before leaving for further studies in the United Kingdom, he worked as a teacher with a specific focus on underprivileged and ethnic minority students. He strives to improve Chinese language education for non-Chinese-speaking students, so they can better integrate into society.

When Samuel was teaching ethnic minority children at a school in Tai O, he realised the language barrier had significantly limited their future potential, and felt a strong need to help them. Hoping to tackle the issue at policy level, he decided to leave his stable teaching job for further studies at the University of Oxford.

He was originally torn between the options of continuing to teach and leaving Hong Kong for further studies. A pivotal moment came at a Scholarship High Table Dinner, where he shared his vision with Professor Cheng Kaiming. Professor Cheng told him, “If you truly believe you can help these students, go and study it.” This simple yet powerful assurance has made him more determined than ever to achieve his aspirations.

Samuel and Prof Cheng Kai-Ming at High Table Dinner.

Samuel lives the JC Scholar’s spirit by finding solutions to social problems outside his comfort zone. “I am still contributing to the field of education, only in a different way. For me, JC Scholars are not only capable of serving the community in their own fields, but are also willing to contribute to society in different roles.”