Friday, July 28, 2017

New Initiative by the Multiculturalism in Action Project 2017 多元文化行動計劃2017全新活動!

The Multiculturalism in Action Project (MIA) launched a new initiative in 2017 – the ICONIC Mums Program, with an aim to foster friendship and mutual empowerment among women of different ethnic backgrounds. The first of six workshops, The Social Me: Horizontal Organization Workshop, was carried out at the School of Everyday Life on 1 July 2017. Ms. Eno Yim and Ms. Yip Lok Man were the speakers.

Twenty-six participants from Chinese, Filipino, Nepali, Indian, and Pakistani backgrounds began the day’s event with games that aimed to build mutual trust.

多元文化行動計劃 (MIA) 2017年開展全新活動: “ICONIC媽媽課程” ,目的是讓來自不同文化和族裔背景的婦女建立友誼和相互充權。課程共有六次工作坊,率先登場的是 我的團隊:團隊建立工作坊” ,於201771日在大埔生活書院舉行。導師是嚴惠英女士和葉洛民女士。


A game of trust 信心互扣遊戲

Ms. Yim then presented documentaries on Hong Kong’s organic farmers. Having learned the importance of organic farming and sustainable lifestyle, participants had a chance to cook together, using organic vegetables from local farms. In only 30 minutes, more than 10 delicious dishes in various cultural styles were done. Everyone had fun and appreciated how people of different cultures could work together really well!


Organic vegetables from local farms were the main ingredients. 主要食材是本地有機蔬菜

The impromptu menu 即席設計的菜單

Our intercultural lunch  我們的跨文化素宴

In the afternoon, participants visited the OMAK Practice installation (“OMAK” stands for “Observe Merit, Appreciate Kindness”). Using examples from everyday life, participants were guided to appreciate the merits and kindness of others. In the “Who made my life” section, Ms. Yip showed us how many people are involved in making simple things possible. For example, we are able to read a book because tree fellers, mill workers, authors, and transport laborers etc. all took part in the process. We should therefore learn to be grateful.


 Ms. Yip explaining the meaning of “OMAK” 洛民老師解釋 觀功、念恩

In the last session, participants were given postcards on which they were encouraged to express their appreciation towards other participants. It was a time for everyone to rethink the importance of team work.


 Postcard writing – expressing appreciation for each other 書寫明信片:書寫相互欣賞

With everyone’s participation, the first workshop was a success built on intercultural experience and mutual trust.


Reporters: Connie Lee and Zoe Zhou

Friday, July 7, 2017

Multiculturalism in Action Project: Review of a School Outreach Program 多元文化行動計劃 - 學校外展活動回顧

Young people's participation is important in building a harmonious and culturally diverse society. This summer, the Multiculturalism in Action (MIA) Project has continued reaching out to younger minds. On 30 June 2016, Dr. Wyman Tang gave a talk on “South Asian communities in Hong Kong” to a group of Form Five students at the Hong Kong Red Swastika Society Tai Po Secondary School (HKRSSTPSS).

Dr. Tang introduced some quick facts on the South Asian communities in Hong Kong such as their migration history, population, as well as their cultures and festivals. In addition, Dr. Tang cleared out some myths and stereotypes about the South Asians in Hong Kong. He also shared a few interesting facts such as their financial contributions and efforts towards the city's disciplinary under the British governance.

Dr. Tang introducing successful South Asian entrepreneurs in Hong Kong

Students actively raising questions, and answering Dr. Tang in the talk

To further enrich their knowledge, Dr. Tang taught the students how to greet each other and respond in Nepalese!

Dr. Tang demonstrating some common expressions in Nepalese

Then here was the most exciting section in this morning – learnt how to play kabaddi!

Representatives from the two classes competing against each other

Kabaddi is a traditional sport played throughout South Asia. It develops the physique, team work, and strategy. It becomes an international sport now. The Kabaddi World Cup was last organized in India in 2016, participating countries include Australia, Kenya, Poland, and the United States.
卡巴迪是一項流傳於南亞的傳統運動, 可以鍛鍊身體、訓練團體合作、以及策劃和組織的能力。卡巴迪現在是一項國際性運動。上一屆卡巴迪世界杯於2016年在印度舉行,參與國家包括澳洲、肯亞、波蘭和美國。

After introducing the basic rules, 12 representatives from two classes were sent to experience the excitement of kabaddi. The students enjoyed the sport very much. They protected their teammates from their opponents' attack, while supported and held each other's back throughout the competition. They all had demonstrated their sportsmanship and friendship.
簡單介紹卡巴迪的規則後,來自兩班共十二名代表一起出賽以體驗卡巴迪的樂趣。同學們十分享受這個運動。 面對對手的攻擊時,他們會盡力保護隊員比賽中他們亦不忘互相扶持,充分表現出體育精神和穩固的友誼。

Stoppers (team on the left) gripping the raider tightly to prevent him from gaining points after returning to his territory.
防守隊伍(左)緊緊抓住進攻手 ,防止進攻手返回己方半場得分。

After this knowledgeable and experiential morning, we hope the young participants could share their newfound knowledge with their friends and family, and keep their curiosity towards different cultures!