Background of Co-organiser
Dear Hong Kong is a non-profit project about diversity and identity. It started with the purpose of creating a more inclusive society, bridging the gap between ‘local’ and ‘foreign’ communities in Hong Kong.
Built with the shared vision of 50 volunteers, the team has spent the past 2 years interviewing, photographing, and translating the stories of almost 100 interviewees from different countries and territories.
With a target of documenting stories of inspiring people from every country in the world represented in Hong Kong, the first volume of Dear Hong Kong has just been published. It is a 200-page bilingual photo book that brings to life the stories and portraits of 80 inspiring people from around the globe who live and contributed in Hong Kong, with the aim of showcasing the diversity through people with different occupations, ages, genders and cultural backgrounds.
Since the past year, Dear Hong Kong has organized several exhibitions and events in public spaces and bookshops across the city, to spread the message of diversity and unity. The team hopes the stories that have moved them can be brought to people of all generations in Hong Kong, especially to local students. For more information, please refer to: http://www.dearhongkong.org/
The project team would like to develop a teaching guidebook as an open source material for educators to use the Dear Hong Kong book to raise awareness of Hong Kong’s cultural diversity. Through different activities and dialogues, students will start to see our city from a different perspective, be curious about the world and fell empowered to become global citizens.
The team would like to find students who believe in its mission to join, using their practical experience in the classroom and subject expertise to help to develop this teaching guidebook, which consists of 5 units and each unit will have 4-6 activities based on three different educational objectives: to understand, to apply and to judge.
The preliminary unit topics include immigration, identity, social issues, entrepreneurship and diversity. Students will join as a team of 2 to be in charge of one unit with no limitation in format of the activities.