Role of network/community:
He received an important support first of all in settling and finding an accommodation. The network and community that her girlfriend already had in Italy was the essential element for the development of the activity. From them they received both economical and mentoring support for facing financial and bureaucratic problems. Another important role was played by Chinese community.
Relation with the context:
He had a lot of difficulties’ when he arrived in Italy because of the very low level of knowledge of Italian language. He was supported in the integration process first of all by his girlfriend (Italian) and also by other association of student and of Chinese in Italy.
When he decided to open a hostel for other Chinese that arrived in Italy like him, he encountered most of all bureaucratic problems. First problem was to get the license to open the activity. In fact, the original idea was to open an “home” for help Chinese students but, subsequently, for bureaucratic problems, he was forced to open as hotel. He managed to solve the problems mostly thanks to her girlfriend knowledge of Italian system and the network that they had both of familiar and friendship. In particular, he had the great fortune to meet a family that offered him not only the building but also a financial support to realize his project. Another important role was played by his friends and Chinese people that helped him to extend their network. They were essential for the start-up of the hotel and helped them to manage every step in restructuring and renovation of the hotel.