Story of the Month - May 2020
Updated: Sep 9, 2020
Traditional handicrafts symbolize human creativity, cultural identity, as well as emotional attachment between generations and among individuals. Every culture has its traditional handicrafts passed down for generations, and their transmission of wisdom and values make them vessels of history of the family and ethnic groups.
Prof. Siumi Maria Tam, member of the Centre, is Director of Multicultualism in Action Project (MIA) which aims at enhancing public awareness of the contribution of cultural diversity to Hong Kong society. She believes that handicraft is a great way for people of different cultural backgrounds to gain firsthand experience in each other’s culture. The latest publication of MIA, "Intercultural Hong Kong Classroom: Cultural Arts & Crafts", is a new tool in intercultural education for outreach work in schools, families and communities, and to promote multicultural knowledge on a bigger level.
In the pandemic today everyone are spending more time at home. MIA is organizing a series of online handicraft workshops based on the "Cultural Arts and Crafts" book. Artists are invited to introduce their own culture and demonstrate a handicraft for the audience. The first intercultural handicraft workshop was held on 12th May 2020. Ms. Misaki Nagaoka introduced the history and current development of Japanese origami. She also demonstrated three types of origami: yakko-san, hakama, and kabuto. Participants not only learnt the way of making origami, but also asked questions actively. Everyone developed a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, the social cultural environment in which origami developed, and the relations between origami and Tango no sekku Festival and Boys’ Day. As well, Ms. Nagaoka shared her experience of how origami influenced her childhood, and as a Japanese in Hong Kong. All these added a human touch to the workshop.
The epidemic is not over yet, but it should not prevent us from learning different cultures and having fun and meaningful time with our family.
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