Date
19 September 2017
Mathematician and HKIEd president Stephen Cheung says he found the other half of a personal equation in Paris when he met his future wife. Photo: HKEJ
Mathematician and HKIEd president Stephen Cheung says he found the other half of a personal equation in Paris when he met his future wife. Photo: HKEJ

A rising star’s lifelong French connection

Stephen Cheung, president of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), recalled the heart-pounding moments when he first met Christine in the capital of romance 30 years ago, Sing Tao Daily reported Wednesday.

Cheung, a rising political star in Hong Kong and the moderate democrat whispered by some as on track for higher office, said Christine lived next door to his Paris university dorm room.

“[She] studied arts in Paris and was my neighbor in the university dormitory. When I moved into the dormitory on the first day, I saw her dragging her suitcase,” he said of the woman he would marry.

“I fell in love with her at first sight. I was sure that she was my other half… She’s very gentle and we never had an argument in the 30 years since we met.”

At the time, Cheung was working on a doctorate in statistics and had graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in mathematics.

Cheung, 54, said that as a mathematics teacher he has a strong sense of logical thinking but is sometimes impulsive and impatient. Christine makes up for these flaws in his character.

After graduating from university, Christine moved to Hong Kong and the couple have a son.

Cheung’s hopes now are for HKIEd to be upgraded to university status early next year.

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