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In Memoriam

We are saddened to hear of the sad news of a passing. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and classmates of our friend and early supporter.  While we are always sad to hear the news, if you would like to share a passing, please contact us via alumni@hkis.edu.hk


Arun Stewart ’07
November 6, 1988 - October 31, 2009 

Stewart, Arun David Stewart ’07 died from an accidental fall in Beijing, China on October 31, 2009.
He and his parents were looking forward to celebrating his 21st birthday together the following week in a country whose language and culture he loved so deeply.

Arun was born in Dallas, Texas on November 6, 1988 and attended the Hong Kong International School from 1992 to 2000. After returning to Dallas, Arun attended Greenhill School and visited Hong Kong or China nearly every summer. In the summer of 2006, Arun served as a volunteer English teacher for children of impoverished migrant workers in Beijing. He worked in the summer of 2008 as a residential advisor for students at a program run by the Center for Talented Youth in Nanjing.

Arun graduated cum laude from Greenhill School in 2007 and enrolled at Brown University. Arun’s passion for China and the Chinese language led him and a team of three other Brown students to win a grant in the summer of 2009 to study migrant entrepreneurs in Shanghai. Arun returned to Beijing for his junior year abroad as a student in the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University. He was dedicated and relentless in pursuing his desire to master Chinese, choosing as his career goal  to become a stand-up comic in China in the uniquely Chinese comedy
genre known as “cross-talk”.

Arun’s life was a brief but bright star. That he died in a country he loved, pursuing his ambitions with all his heart and all his might, and was recognized for his gifts by his many friends and teachers, provides great consolation to his grieving family.


Source:  DragonTales Summer Edition 2010