Hu Veen Shin believes that both the Indian and Chinese have similar cultures
Hu Veen Shin has a flair for languages — she not only speaks Tamil fluently, but also knows Hindi and Malayalam. Hailing from a family of dental surgeons from Shanghai, China she first came to India in 1978 to study at the Madras Medical College.
Years later, she returned to India for personal and professional reasons. “I love this country for what it has given me,” she says. Though she has lived in Singapore, England, China and India, Dr. Hu believes that it is destiny which brought her to Chennai.
Though a dental surgeon by profession, she took to teaching Mandarin as a hobby, which was one of her reasons to stay on in India. She tutors students from various professional streams, mainly from IT companies such as Infosys, L&T, TCS and FLSmidth.
Dr. Hu works at the Satyabama University Dental College. As a dental surgeon, she’s taken part in about 300 dental camps in Chennai.
Roman Catholic by faith, Dr. Hu believes that both the Indians and the Chinese have similar cultures and values. She cites strong family values and religious beliefs as some of the reasons that draw her closer to India.
She is especially fond of Chennai and its people. The politeness, courtesy, respect for academics — and the food — are some of the things she loves most about the city.
An avid reader, she spends a lot of her time in book stores. She also loves to watch a movie when she can.
The city is her second home. “Chennai has given me so much and I love the people here,” she says.MAANASI RADHAKRISHNAN