Story of the Month - March 2020
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
"Multiculturalism in Action Project" holds "South Asian Societies in Hong Kong" exhibition at Yau Tsim Mong Multicultural Activity Centre(Photo credit: Connie Chan)
"Multiculturalism in Action Project" (MIA) aims at enhancing positive ethnic relations in Hong Kong. We keep contact with citizens from different social backgrounds through various activities to increase cultural sensitivity and understanding about and respect for different ethnicities. In the past, MIA organized large-scale activities such as carnivals in estates for neighborhoods to catch up with cultures around the world through family activities. These activities combine education with joy. At the same time, we value the continuity of multicultural education. We carry out cross-generation, cross-border, and cross-ethnic curriculum to encourage Hong Kongers to build our own multicultural society. We have organized "Intercultural Ambassador Program", "ICONIC Mums Program" and intercultural handicraft workshop. These activities not only break the cultural boundary of participants from different ethnic backgrounds but also a good learning opportunity for us to think about our limitations in order to improve our methods to fulfill our missions.
Our recent activity would be a good example. The newly established Yau Tsim Mong Multicultural Activity Centre invites us to organize "South Asian Societies in Hong Kong". Exhibition content includes local South Asian societies such as the history in Hong Kong, the current situation, religion and food culture of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Srilanka groups. This exhibition requires preliminary work mainly about on-site environment, exhibition period, exhibition content, and placement to adapt to the needs of the new venue. Like other community activities, the environment is always changing, and the decisions made a few days ago may have to be re-planned next week. Finally, with the efforts and cooperation of all parties, the exhibition could be prepared before the opening ceremony. The exhibition also attracts many citizens and government officials. The exhibition was originally scheduled from November 2019 to February 2020. However, the exhibition period will be extended because of the coronavirus. Everyone can visit after the epidemic subsides.
As researchers, we hope researches can contribute to society. Hong Kong is the home of all people living here. Everyone is fighting against the epidemic for public health, as well as for improving the social and cultural environment; although the process is sometimes circuitous, we believe that through the improvement of knowledge and action, our home will become more humane and more livable. Hong Kong is the home of all people living here. Everyone is fighting against the coronavirus for public health, as well as for improving the social and cultural environment. Although the process is sometimes circuitous, we believe that through the improvement of knowledge and action, our home will become more humane and more livable.