Robert (Jin-Chein) Lin
Country of origin: 
Taiwan
Year of arrival to Canada: 
2011
Languages(s) speaks: 
Mandarin, Taiwanese (Hokkien)
Education: 
Ph.D. Engineering (USA)
Occupation: 
Engineer. Professor (Taiwan)

Community Involvement:

I have actively participated in the Surrey Welcoming Communities Place (SWCP) Project, and received diverse feedbacks that newcomers may encounter. I also attended the Welcoming Communities Conference on Feb. 21, 2014.

Interest in the Advisory:

I expect to increase my understanding of local partnerships and community-based plan for newcomers. Also, I want to hone my cross-cultural communication skills and share my experience and knowledge through active participation in this program.

Immigrant challenges:

I feel that the biggest challenges for immigrants in a new place are career development and community involvement. These difficulties may be caused by the differences in education systems, languages, technical trainings, and the ethical and cultural characteristics of workplace.

Vision for Surrey:

As the second-largest city, Surrey is projected to surpass the city of Vancouver as the most populous city in BC by 2020-2030. The city of Surrey is a dynamic and fast growing community which provides many opportunities and dreams for the younger generations and newcomers.