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Impact of Relationships with Hall Mates, Tutors, and Wardens

	 Table 5
	 Summary Table of the Qualitative Data from Interviewees
Theme	
Sub-theme	
Reference		
				

Frequency 	

	 Adjustment	 Independence &	
	 104 (56%)	
self-discipline	
				
			

" Living in the hall enhances my ability to relate to self because 		
living alone in the hall provides a context for me to take care of
myself. Independence and confidence also relate to building
core values since I realize the importance of living independence. "

37

	 	
Civility &	
		
acceptance	
				
				
				

" There are some rooms in front of the common area, so we have to be		
very considerate and we have to always self-reflect about our action
and its effect on others' life. For example, when it is near midnight, we
have to lower down the volume during talking in the common area, so
we won't affect those who are sleeping in front of the common area. "

17

	 	
Communication	
				

" After this experience, I have been more aware of how to communicate 		
with others and be more open to criticism. "

15

	 	
Identity	
				
				
				

" I think through being independent, I gradually understood myself 		
more through everyday life experiences in the hall. In addition, being
able to understand myself gives rise to my understanding to others as
well. It allows me to spot differences between myself and others. "

14

	 	
Embracing	
		
new situations	
				

" There are numbers of activities to join. If I didn't stay in the hall, I 		
would only stay with my interest. Because of my hall, I may as well
want to try it. "

9

	 	
Social support	
				
				

" Well, as a teammate or floormate, part of a group, we share our		
happiness and sorrows and encourage each other, so a greater
understanding of others can be achieved. "

8

	Challenges	 Language	
	 57 (31%)	
barrier	
				

" When we have Floor Committee meetings on coming events or 		
competitions, it is hard for foreigners to join as we usually use Chinese
and it is hard to translate the contents of the meetings to them instantly. "

25

	 	
		
		

" From my point of view, the locals are very united, always doing		
activities together like eating out and playing sports. I feel as if it is
nearly impossible for the non-locals to hang out with the locals. "

14

		
Stereotyping	
				

" Sometimes you have stereotypes and sometimes you still cannot grow 		
global citizenship after cultural exchange. "

4

	 Cultural			
	exchange			
	 16 (9%)			
				
				

" I once organized cultural night at hall where I met people from different 		
countries. They performed folk dancing and cooked food from their
home towns, such as the UK and India. I represented local people at
that time, so I cooked some Hong Kong style food. It was quite interesting
that I could be exposed to a variety of food culture and their rituals. "

16

	 Diversity			
	 8 (4%)			
				
				

" I think living at hall allows me to reflect that there are a variety of 		
cultures in the world and thus it means that no particular culture is
superior to the others. We need to accept and welcome diversity and try
to understand others. " 	

8

Gap between	
local & non-local	
students	

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