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!
接著的就是當天最刺激的活動 — 學習如何玩卡巴迪！
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.
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.
Stoppers (team on the left) gripping the raider tightly to prevent him from gaining points after returning to his territory.
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!