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EDITOR’S Hello readers! NOTE For the March-April 2019, I wanted to carry forward my goal of bringing the readers of A-Desiflava some more “Edutainment”.
Race has become an increasingly discussed topic and the concept of social inclusion is finally being addressed across the globe. The cover and COVER STORY have been inspired from the upcoming International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Immigrating to a foreign land is never easy and integrating into the local society seems to be even more difficult these days. And even though Hong Kong has gained notoriety for being cold to immigrants, besides talking about the concept of immigration and social inclusion, the cover story brings you the love affair that some of the Indian residents of Hong Kong have had with the city. For the PHILANTHREPRENEUR section of the magazine, our guest contributor, Meenakshi Gupta, had the honor to sit down with Mr Derek Hung Chiu Wah who chairs the Ethnic Minorities Committee in the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. The interview is a pretty interesting read as it not only talks about Mr Hung’s personal journey to becoming the Chairman of the Ethnic Minorities Committee but also gives an insight into the work that is being done to aid social inclusion of ethnic minorities and how far Hong Kong come to integrate them into the local society.
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For the GLOBETROTTER column, guest writer, Sharan Gill, spills the tea on all the spots in Singapore that you won’t find in just any tourist guide. Her personal experiences in the city will definitely allow you to explore beyond the Singapore hotspots and possible even give you the rights to brag about traveling like a local! Holi is right around the corner. Our IN THE MOOD column features a story by guest writer, Sarada Itishree. The story follows the accounts of various Hong Kong Indians about the celebration of Holi. Now, it is not just some outdated article that talks about how the celebration is different in Hong Kong than it was at home but it also talks about how the meaning of Holi and the ways of celebrating the festival have changed over time and generations. Staying in line with the theme of cultural diversity in Hong Kong, the WHILE AGO column features a cultural event, BEYONDancing Bollywood Night, organized by BEYOND Bollywood on February 17th. The evening was dedicated to celebrating unity in cultural diversity. The event presented a new collection of artists from Hong Kong and overseas, to encourage artists collaborations, idea exchange and reflection. The event was beautifully organized and A-Desiflava has the pictures to prove it! Unfortunately, my journey with A-Desiflava Magazine ends here. Please allow me to close this note by bidding your farewell. I was honored to be a part of the A-Desiflava family and I look forward to reading the issues to come! Stay kind. Archita Bisht
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Story of the Hong Kong Indians “Home is where the heart is”, how many times have we heard and contemplated over this saying? By now, Hong Kong has become home to many of us who did not necessarily step into the country with the intention of making it a home away from home and more so even thought that it could never become familiar, but Hong Kong does have its own magic. Besides being a major financial hub in Asia, Hong Kong is also famously known to be home to people from near and far. Asia’s “World City” is nothing short of
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a melting pot of cultures, South Asians from India, Pakistan and Nepal make up the largest (about 30%) of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong and 8% of Hong Kong’s total population is made up of ethnic minorities. These ethnic minorities have immigrated to Hong Kong for various reasons. As globalization continues to increase at a rapid speed, the movement of people across the planet becomes easier and migration knows
no borders. Besides the proximity of these countries to Hong Kong, the job market of Hong Kong has played an important role in luring immigrants to the city. Even though Hong Kong has become home to people from all cultures and backgrounds, it has also gained a notorious reputation for being cold, racist, xenophobic, unwelcoming etc. However, that is only a small part of the very big picture. There are always positives and negatives to every city and as you will get to read further, it also offers a great life to the foreign residents of the city who have even started their families in Hong Kong. It is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant and unique history of immigration, and without a doubt stands as one of the most culturally diverse cities in East Asia.
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Now, when it comes to Hong Kong, a lot of the people arrive in the city with job offers already waiting for them (because how else are you going to survive in one of the most expensive cities in the world?). But as the movement of people
across nations increases, the problems they face in their newly adopted homelands also tend to increase. In an expensive city like Hong Kong, immigrants often find themselves struggling to make ends meet and end up living under the poverty line and often rely on government welfare benefits. Social inclusion is not always easy and in a city like Hong Kong, where language proves to be a very strong barrier and therefore integration into the society is often a bumpy ride and can even take years. March 21st marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and aims to raise awareness of cultural diversity
and social inclusion worldwide. Now, you might be wondering what social inclusion has to do with anything or even what is social inclusion. There is no set definition to social inclusion but in layman’s terms, social inclusion simply refers to the deliberate efforts to welcome and integrate the diversity in population into the mainstream mix and making it work for the betterment of the society.
In a socially inclusive society, a person is allowed to participate in key functions and/ or activities of the society without being discriminated on the basis of their nationality, race, gender etc.
A socially inclusive society does not ostracize its foreign citizens based on the color of their skin or the country of their origin and ensures that they enjoy the benefits they are entitled to. It also allows foreign individuals greater participation in decision-making, which affects their lives and access to their fundamental rights. In a socially inclusive society, nobody gets left behind. Due to the constantly changing global political and social scenario, social inclusion has gained a prominent space in social and political policy discourse.
Due to the mere numbers of foreign migrants in the city, social inclusion has also been “the guiding spirit” of Hong Kong Government’s policies to ensure progress and the betterment of the city. To improve its image for the current and also the incoming immigrants, the Government has also endorsed many campaigns advocating for the appreciation of different values and embracing different cultures and voices. In 2002, the Government also established a Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF) to support collaborative projects that promoted community participation and social inclusion. The finance secretary even earmarked HKD 500 million solely to support the process of strengthening support for the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The city’s government also adopts a mixed approach to social inclusion. It recognizes individuals’ rights in terms of “enhancing an inclusive society, so that all individuals can enjoy equality and respect in different areas in life – to be achieved through participation in education, training, employment and other means.” Even though integration into the mainstream Hong Kong society can be tough, one needs to just hang in there and give the city and people of Hong Kong some time. In this cover story, we present to you the moving and settling in experiences and stories of some Indian residents of Hong Kong, who left their home countries and now call Hong Kong their home.
Virendra Anand, who arrived in Hong Kong after being selected for a job in the city, had heard that Hong Kong was “a dynamic business centre and hub for electronics under USA 10.” But even though he was impressed by what Hong Kong had to offer business and market wise, almost certainly like every other Indian arrival in the city, Virendra was surprised by the size of the accommodation the city. Even though moving and settling into a city with such a high standard of living was difficult, he says, “the helpful nature of the people in the business made it a little easier.” For Virendra, Hong Kong has become the place where he raised his family and made a home away from home. He adds, “eventually the cosmopolitan way of life in Hong Kong makes you stay.”
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Just like many of the other Indian arrivals, her husband’s job brought Meenakshi Gupta all the way to Hong Kong. And also like many other Indian arrivals, she could not believe the size of the houses Hong Kong had to offer. In unison with her fellow countrymen and women, she says that while she was used to moving around due to her family’s background in the army, Hong Kong was different and “language was an impediment.” Besides the language barrier, she also had a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old baby, which, let’s face it, is not easy even if you are not packing up your lives and moving to another country. She reminisces over the fact that people were helpful. She adds, “I felt at home instantly. And it also helped that my kids took to the place immediately.” When asked about the best thing about the city? “The comfort and convenience when it comes to public
transport, buying groceries, banking, bills, travelling, the growing Indian community etc. is definitely a huge plus point of the city.” Some words of advice Meenakshi? “Keep an open mind. Do not arrive with pre-conceived notions about the people.” She adds, “You are in THEIR country. They won’t change for you.” She also highly advises learning a couple of words in their language if you want to watch a complete transformation in their attitude. According to her, you keep your spirits high, and Hong Kong has a lot to offer for a good and comfortable life. She confirms,
“It is truly the best of both worlds - close enough to reach home quickly and living abroad at the same time.”
Sharan Gill, who has now been in Hong Kong for 13 years, is another such Indian who arrived in the city due to her husband’s job. For Sharan, “The move was not easy. It is not easy to leave friends and family especially when there is a change in the culture and climate.” Additionally, the language barrier was a big part of the discomfort. She adds, “The inability to speak Mandarin poses a distinct disadvantage when it comes to the working world.” About the city, Sharan says, “It is easy to get caught up with the first impressions of Hong Kong. The city can be pretty impressive at first sight, the elegance of its colonial structures, the headiness of LKF, the glamour of junk boat parties, it is ostensibly expat heaven.” However, “Living in a place is different from just visiting it – Hong Kong can also be gritty, bringing up children in a country far away from family is difficult. You will almost certainly, inevitably miss home.” But she also
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adds that, with time, Hong Kong becomes home too.
She speaks highly about Hong Kong’s public conveniences adding, “There are very few countries where one would go to a government hospital for an emergency and Hong Kong
is one of them.” Speaking of Hong Kong’s diversity, she adds, “Hong Kong’s glitzy skyline is definitely worth the hype but you can turn a corner and there are quirky little shop houses selling just about anything.” And as far as escaping the
crowds is concerned, she advises escaping to the “breathtaking terrain of Stanley or Clearwater.” She speaks fondly of Hong Kong and admits that the city has “just the right variety to keep you there for a year and then another.”
to its residents. On why she continues to stay in the city despite some of the inconveniences she faces as a foreign resident, she adds,
explore the artistic and writing opportunities that the city has to offer. Before
arriving in the city, she had rightly heard that it was indeed one of the most advanced cities in the world. When questioned about what she likes about Hong Kong? “I appreciate the civic sense in people, the high hygiene levels maintained in the city and the respect of the laws of the land.” As someone who wants to make space for herself in the local creative society, she adds, “Creating a network in the Chinese and expat communities for my art has definitely been a challenge.” Like many of the others, she remains impressed with the world-class public transport system Hong Kong offers
“The city is full of possibilities. I can definitely make a good life for myself here. One cannot expect things to work out immediately. You just have to hang in there.”
Sarada Itishree is another such individual whose husband’s job brought her to Hong Kong. What surprised her the most? “I was so surprised to see the varied range of shopping outlets and other amenities, which cater to all income groups. Besides that, I was also surprised by the large ethnic minority population in the city.” As is the case for many others, Sarada also found it difficult to be away from her family and friends. She adds, “It did not help that I found the people cold and unfriendly initially but as I settled, I came to realize that they were some really nice people around.”
What impressed her the most about Hong Kong? “Undoubtedly the almost free public convenience services.”
Her husband’s job led Komal R. Lakhani all the way from Bombay to Hong Kong. “Adjusting to the tiny houses and the change in food was definitely the hardest part of the move”, says Komal. Even though she carried out a thorough research about Hong Kong and everything it had to offer, she was still surprised at how unwelcoming the city could be. The best part about the city? “Without a
doubt, the public transport. It is very convenient and well-connected.” For Komal, she managed to find some similarities between her home city, Bombay and Hong Kong. She adds, “Even though the two cities are quite different from each other, there are still some similarities. People from both cities really value the celebration of festivals, food and family.”
When asked to define her life in Hong Kong in a sentence, Sarada confidently replies, “Even though it is a little expensive, it is still good and comfortable.”
Now there, we have it. Even though there is a clear pattern of some initial difficulties that Indians face when they first arrive in Hong Kong, the city does grow on you. Be it the unwelcoming stares, the language barrier or simply the change in climate, it is clear that we learn to adapt and adopt. It is of course an obvious and a very important point to remember that Hong Kong cannot just make progress in the department of social inclusion and integration solely due to the efforts of the Hong Kong Government of even the NGOs, the society, as a whole needs to realize that a socially inclusive society is not only beneficial for the social development of Hong Kong but also adds to the
economic and political progress of the city. Let’s face it, we do dearly love Hong Kong and that love convinces us to deal with all the inconveniences that come with the city for foreign residents like us. Ultimately, it is up to us to fight for our right to stay here while also making a place for ourselves in the Hong Kong society.
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India As we all know, is a land of celebrations and festivals. People here are always on the lookout for reasons to celebrate. And if it is a festival, then the celebration is nothing short of grand. Holi is one of such festivals which is celebrated with great pomp and happiness across India.
ike every festival in our country has a story to it so does Holi which again in all good humour is a valid excuse to celebrate (wink wink). Digging into the history briefly, legend has it that Holika, sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap was called to help her brother kill his young son Prahlad after many failed attempts by him. Holika had a boon that she could not be harmed by fire. So she tricks Prahlad to sit on her lap and enters a big bonfire. However, this backfires as Prahlad who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu breaks her boon by reciting his lord's name and comes out of the fire unharmed while Holika gets burnt to death. Thus the name Holi comes from Holika.
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Holi, the festival of colours, marks the advent of spring. Millenniums ago this was a festival very specific to India and was celebrated mostly in the north but as the Indian population started moving across the globe, this has come to be known and celebrated by people across the world on a large scale. Many people, who have no roots in the Indian culture also started celebrating Holi, due to the effort of our people who believe in spreading the essence of our beautiful culture wherever they go. Many people move out of their homeland for livelihood or let’s say better standards of living. But even in their newfound homes, they miss their families and dear ones especially when the festivals come around. Even though far away from homes they
somehow find groups and like-minded people from different communities to celebrate and keep up the traditional spirit. But still at times they find the zing missing as the festivity is not felt in the air unlike in India, where every street is flooded with vendors selling Gulal (colour powders), pichkaaris ( water guns), different types of Indian treats and other such Holi related goodies, which sets the mood of celebration. Kids flocking the streets for buying pichkaaris, Gulal and pelting colourful water on the passersby is truly a happy sight. Even for some of us who prefer to stay away from the smear of colours (who has time to spend days scrubbing it off?) and do not wish to get dirty, it still brings joy to see the spirit of Holi come alive.
Few of the netizens living here in Hong Kong have shared their experiences on how they celebrate this wonderful festival of colours and love away from home. Pushpa Sivakumar, a resident of Tung Chung for quite a few years relates her memories as she gets nostalgic about the celebrations back home “In India, we had a huge gathering in our colony and our building. We spent some time in the outside colony watching the fun and playing with colours, and later came into our buildings and enjoyed for hours with colours and sweets.” She says the way it's celebrated here gives a restricted feel, unlike India where the zestful atmosphere builds up because of the festivity in the air. In her words "Here, first of all, we need to select a day, then select a designated area, buy organic colours and use
one finger to apply colour on others to avoid spilling on the floor and spoiling clothes. It is so muted here, comes with so many rules and formalities. Miss the bindaas impromptu plans we could make in India and not bother about the place or formality.” When asked how the celebration among the younger people changed over times. She answers
Younger people don't even celebrate it here unless their friends are part of the fun. Family get-togethers and building or colony crowds don't interest them anymore and they prefer to stay back at home.
IN THE MOOD Talking about another such experience is Prashanti, a mother of two teenagers and a lecturer. For her, this is more of a community thing as they do not celebrate much at home but again she says “but we definitely play “Younger with colours among friends generations as it’s one of the favourite however of late do festivals celebrated across not like celebrating and getting all over India.” However after themselves dirty moving to Hong Kong “We with the colours. miss eating the goodies in They prefer to terms of sweets and savouries follow the symbolic which are exchanged way of celebrating between friends and families. by just applying We miss the fun we would a little gulal on have singing and dancing themselves and with friends and having a a little on their scrumptious lunch at their friends." place." Her views are in-sync with Pushpa when she says
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Bijal Raichura, a busy mother of two little children, says despite the grind of kid duties she hardly misses celebrating festivals even if not in a grand manner as it’s important to teach kids our cultural values. She is all excited as I ask her about the celebrations and she gives me an elaborate detail of the how and why of Holi which needs no repetition here again. Her mind races back home and she remembers how till a few years ago this
“was a two-day affair which included offering prayers, meeting extended family and friends but now it has shortened to one day with people sticking to just the use of colours.”
Talking of similar stories are Deepa Gopwani, a heartfulness member in Hong Kong and Rinki
Rinki, like everyone here, misses her family dearly and at the same time acknowledges “I am lucky that I have good friends here to spend a good time and have great fun.
Ghosh, a resident in Hong Kong for the past five years. They both vouch for the use of organic colours to reduce the harm caused to people and our surroundings alike. In the words of Deepa, “Here most of us Celebrate Holi on the beaches just to avoid all the hassle of following the social rules. But as in India, we do not get organic colours so we use chemical based colours which then wash away into the sea and contaminate the water. So my suggestion would be that even here people should make an effort to use organic colours and enjoy without harming nature. But despite her concerning thoughts she still agrees "Celebrating Holi is a great way to bring friends & family together." She adds that times have definitely changed when it comes to being cautious about the environmental impact of celebrating Holi and also the factor of using organic, skin-friendly Gulal which protects both, the environment and also the partakers.
But now there are many rules and regulations here to which we have to be dutiful too when we are celebrating any festival so we plan accordingly and play and enjoy the occasion in harmony to our neighbourhood. She is a strict stickler to environment friendliness "We care about our environment and during any festivals, we as a family always try to keep our home and environment free from pollution and germs. We use organic colours and we don't make loud noises around our locality. She believes cleanliness and maintaining good hygiene throughout the place is a healthy way to celebrate festivals.
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However much we miss our families and dear ones away from home, us Indians make it a point to never let a festival go uncelebrated. As all our festivals, Holi, in all its vibrancy and beauty is the time of the year when everybody loses themselves to the majesty of triumphant colours and love.
Nodding to these peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views is Rashmi Vizzapu, a Kannadiga who came to Hong Kong two years ago, "We celebrate Holi by playing colours with family members and by preparing delicious sweets. Though we celebrate the same festival here we miss the warmth of our family especially the pampering which we get from our loved ones mostly by feeding us heartfelt meals. As I ask her opinion on how the celebration has seen changes over time, she replies peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behaviour in the guise of celebration has become appalling â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before Holi was played in good terms but now everything has become commercial. The socalled party culture is spoiling the essence of the festival in the name of loud inappropriate music dancing and unruly behaviour".
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Mr. Hung Chiu-wah, Derek is the District Councillor of the Yau Tsim Mong District and Chairman of the DAB Ethnic Minorities Committee. He also serves on the Government Committee on Promotion of Racial Harmony. He was happy to speak about the work that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing for the betterment of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong. He is deeply compassionate about the work that he doesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; investing a lot of time and effort into helping and solving problems faced by the families, especially those at grassroot levels. I was invited to visit his office in Jordan. Amidst the constantly ringing telephone manned by his super-efficient secretary Kevin, we sat down to talk about the challenges he faces daily and how firmly he is entrenched in the community.
Please tell us about your childhood.
My family moved to Hong Kong from Macau when I was a toddler. I was born in Macau, but I have been in Hong Kong so long that there is no other home for me. I studied in school here and then at the age of eighteen, I took up a job as a mariner, sailing for the next ten years.
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Do you think being a mariner fundamentally shaped you? It probably laid the foundation for the work that I continue to do now. Being in close contact with Sri Lankans, Indians, Bangladeshis, Koreans – being exposed to their habits, foods and religions at such close quarters on the ships that I sailed, imbibed in me a tolerance and acceptance which would not have come otherwise. I remember my first friend on ship was a Sri Lankan who would often cook for me. I travelled to so many countries around the world but found that globally we are all the same family with no barriers of race, culture or religion.
At the age of 28, I quit sailing and came back to Hong Kong and started to pursue my university degree studying political science and public administration. At the same time, I established my own business with a couple of fellow mariners. I wanted to do more – to give back to the community and that is why I found myself knocking on the doors of the headquarters of the newly formed Democratic Alliance for Betterment and progress of Hong Kong – I joined their rank as a volunteer. That was 25 years ago. I have been with them ever since. I rose through the ranks to become the district councillor for the Yau Tsim Mong district. And two years ago, the chairperson of DAB party Ms. Starry Lee was instrumental in appointing me the party’s Chairman of the Ethnic Minorities Committee.
How did your journey start in this dimension?
Hon. Jasper Tsang, our founding member, established the EM committee in 2005 and I have been a part of it since the very beginning. It has led to some cohesive friendships with the various leaders of Ethnic Minorities. I count Mr. Vijay Harilela among my friends. Just last month I had lunch with Mr. Harry Banga who is a well-known figure to most Indians in HK.
What is your philosophy regarding the work that you do?
I have a simple philosophy in life – willingness to do and the time to do it! Ever since I was appointed as the chairman of the DAB Ethnic Minorities Committee in July 2017, I have been a part of many events and programs organised to facilitate further education and employment of the EM community. I take special pride in children belonging to EM who have done well over the years after struggling to adapt and learn Chinese language and then broken the accompanying barriers.
Please tell us about some of the work that you do?
My work as the District Councillor of the Yau Tsim Mong is to fulfil the objectives of assisting in every possible way to promote racial harmony. The DAB EM Service Centre in North Point now boasts of 3 full time staff, ready to offer assistance in whichever way possible.
A lot of this work is also dependent on volunteers who in turn help us in learning the various problems that are faced by those left vulnerable in the society. Such people need a voice, someone to understand their needs and help them so they can get appropriate employment, are able to provide for their families in a foreign land. I can be the bridge that helps them get to the other side. My office is always open for anyone to whom I can provide assistance. As chairman of the ethnic minorities committee, I must lead by example. My work cannot be only talking about the objectives- I must show that I want to be a part of their society and I can do that only by taking an integral part in their celebrations and mourning. I was recently a part of the anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka and before that at an event organised for Bangladeshi Independence. During the Chinese New Year, I attended the funeral of Mr. Szeto who was associated with the Indian temple at Wan Chai. I have had meetings with the Imam of the Kowloon Mosque. I have even tried my hand at Dandiya! I really enjoyed that very much at a party in Tung Chung.
What is a typical day in office for you? Any interesting incident you would like to share.
A typical day is anything but typical. The scenario changes very quickly. I might be sitting quietly, about to finish up for the day and there might come a call for immediate assistance. I remember one time in the evening a few months ago there was a call about a 4-year-old Indian boy who got lost from the Mosque at Kowloon. There was quite an uproar until he was found safe and unharmed a few hours later. I was in touch with the authorities on the one hand while also speaking to the family and those involved in the search. I went home happy at 12 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock that night, thankful that this was a happy ending. However, not all tales end happily. I am still saddened by the death of a two-year-old Nepalese girl from a grassroot family who was involved in a fatal traffic accident in Kowloon. It was a tragedy no one could prevent but I was able to ensure that the Government officials went to her family to offer money for her last rites. There was not much I could do personally, she went very young but this way at least her family had some closure.
Are you working in tandem with any other government agencies or NGOs?
I am willing to work with other agencies even if they prodemocratic and differ in ideology to the DAB party. Our goal is the betterment of the ethnic minorities and their eventual integration into the mainstream society. Keeping that in mind, I am open to any suggestions and ideas for workable solutions for the much-needed support and help to the vulnerable families of the ethnic minorities. I am trying to fulfil the objectives of assisting in racial harmony. I visited Po Kok Primary school in Happy Valley which has over 80% students that hail from ethnic backgrounds. They were having trouble finding transportation for the students. Through the charity of which I am a trustee, I was able to arrange funds for the school. The students will now have a daily bus ferrying them to and from school. I am now trying to get more aid to them for additional changes. This is but a small part of the work that remains. So much more needs to be done.
What are your motivations? Where do you find the will to do what you do?
I try to do the best that I can. I find people complaining that it is a hard life here in Hong Kong if you cannot speak the language. They say there are almost no opportunities to advance in society. I tell them that yes it hard no doubt, but you cannot give up. The Government is working to ensure that people belonging to ethnic minorities can get government jobs. Old laws are being changed to accommodate the diverse and growing ethnic minority population of Hong Kong. I have seen children who have worked hard through primary and secondary school and I am extremely proud of them when they graduate with flying colours. I have even recommended such dedicated students to be the Youth Ambassadors for various government programmes and schemes. One such girl has grown up in front of me, speaks fluent Cantonese and now is an enthusiastic member of my team. It helps when these successful young people go back and speak to people from their respective communities. It obviously impacts them much more than when a Chinese says it. Such children are from among them, they are known to these people. I hold them as true examples, telling others - if they can do it so can you! I know I cannot solve all the problems for everyone. But I would like to believe that I can helpâ&#x20AC;Ś and I take satisfaction in it.
All work and no play???
The sport I play is table tennis. There is not much time for leisure. Generally, 3-4 times a week I am busy attending various functions organised by different communities in and around Hong Kong. Sometimes, these festivities spill over into the weekend as well. It is easy to see that Mr. Hung believes steadfastly in the work that he is doing. His work and the good that comes out of it means everything to him. In a Utopian world, he says, no one would go to bed on an empty stomach, no one would be helpless or vulnerable. He understands that skin colour, religions or nationalities may differ, but it is every personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basic need to feel safe here and to put food on the table for their families. An Indian wants this as much as a Pakistani, Nepalese or a Sri Lankan does. He is rankled by the fact that despite all that he does, he cannot help everyone. He feels sad that some people still manage to slip through the cracks. He has even tried to help the homeless people living under the bridges in his district. He makes light of the fact that he offered them money and refuge. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in touch with the religious leaders for providing assistance. But he says it is hard. Often, he finds people with mental disorders who are unable to give any details about themselves. Despite the challenges that he faces, he says he will not rest. Much has been done yet a lot remains to be done. He will carry on doing what he can for as long as he can.
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ravelling these days isn’t what it used to be. We seem to be finding it more and more difficult to find exotic destinations, that picture-perfect holiday with shots that we can display proudly on Facebook, and stories we can regale our friends with. Everybody has been there too, taken those photos, gone on those tours, eaten at those same restaurants. But wait a minute, what if they missed something, what if they saw only what their travel agents told them to see, or what the guide books recommended they see? What if they missed entirely what was really worth seeing?
Singapore, small little island, been there, done that, good for a bit of fun, a quick nip in for the weekend, nothing new. Or is there? Forget Sentosa, with its teeming crowds and overpriced restaurants, forget Marina Bay Sands, you have seen it once, do you really need see it again? It is the season of Holi, of unity in diversity. And Singapore, with its multifaceted cultural and culinary delights, is the perfect place to visit this time of year.
Central Business District. © Sharan Gill
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There is no dearth of information and websites on Chinese cultural sites, Singapore is after all a predominantly Chinese culture. But therein lies its beauty. Nestled firmly within its borders are a host of diverse cultures, which have not only have made Singapore their home, but have imprinted their uniqueness on its cultural landscape. One of them is the thriving South Asian community, which has successfully created a bustling little city within a city. We have all heard of Chinatown, but not as well-known is Little India, a busy little thoroughfare of
shops and little cafes selling piping hot dosas to wedding sarees at high end boutiques. Spend a day there immersing yourself in a culture that has imported itself into Singapore and made its traditions uniquely its own. Walk down the street and take in the vibrancy and colour. Stray into the many shops and local jewellers that dot the area and pick up little trinkets. Haggle a little, it is all part of the fun. Why not make the most of your day there and get an immaculately tailored (and reasonably priced) Satya Paul saree at Styemart, or some of the beautiful Punjabi Suits at Jinders. When you are done shopping, turn the corner and have some rawa or onion dosa at any of the Indian restaurants on Serangoon Road for under HKD 30. Walk off all that food, then head a little up to Owen Road, where at the Old Hen Kitchen, you will get a coffee that will rival the best in HK. Their signature flat white is so smooth you will want to come back there again within the next few days (and pick up your tailored saree blouse at the same time). If you do, then you should try its delightful fusion food. Especially recommended is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly, and the salmon soba noodle slips so easily down the throat too. And then of course there is the coffee after...
On a hot sunny afternoon, take a break from the heat and spend a lovely afternoon at the Indian Heritage Museum. Located near the Tekka Market in the hub of little India, this modern Museum is an oasis of calm, where you can while away a couple of hours learning about how the various South Asian communities ended up in Singapore. The museum traces the journey of these brave early communities, from their early careers as street policemen, to one of the most successful communities in Singapore. Spend an enjoyable afternoon taking in the beautiful antique carvings and jewellery from that early era.
Salmon and Soba. © Sharan Gill
As the evening wears on, step back out for some cha at Bengalore Sangeetha Bhawan Restaurant, with its signature crispy dehi Puri, yet again under HKD 30. And for meat lovers, tucked away in Chander Road, off the main Serangoon road, we recommend Swaadhisht, where you can sink your teeth into the unimaginably succulent Thalessery goat biryani. After cha, and the cool evening breeze has set in, head out for the Singapore river, and spend the rest of the evening savouring the sights there. You will see the old colonial post office restored into the majestic Fullerton Hotel, and of course the Victoria Theatre, another beautiful colonial structure set in an island of green. Stroll along in the evening breeze, and watch the little boats glide by, against a backdrop of shimmering structures of glass and concrete, new and old set in breathtaking contrast.
Pork Belly Rice Bowl. © Sharan Gill
Victoria Theatre. © Sharan Gill
Fullerton Hotel and Singapore River. © Sharan Gill
Peranakan Ceramics. © Sharan Gill
Peranakan Museum. © Sharan Gill
If you love traipsing around museums, and even if you don’t, The Asian Civilisations Museum is well worth a visit, it has been receiving the TripAdvisor Traveller’s choice award for a few years running now. The museum itself is housed in yet another striking colonial structure and its vast collection runs the full spectrum of early Hindu and Chinese civilisations. Enlist the assistance of one of the docents and you will get a complimentary guided tour which will bring these ancient artefacts to life. (A note here, though there are entrance fees at several often
museums in Singapore, their guided tours are generally complimentary, you learn so much more than just wandering around the museum on your own.) When you are done, or if your kids need a break, the museum has a delightful little cafe by the river where you can relax, have a coffee and enjoy the waterfront river view. Tired of the city and shopping? This is after all the heart of the rainforest region, and one must work off the calories from all that eating. Take a taxi out to the MacRitchie Reservoir and
Asian Civilisations Museum. © Sharan Gill
GLOBETROTTER get onto the treetop walk. Suspended 250 metres above the rainforest at 82 feet high, it is quite spectacular, though maybe not for the faint hearted. Entry is free and is a lovely way to spend a day with the family. For couples looking for something more romantic, spend a delightful evening at Original Sin in Taman Warna. It is fine dining vegetarian at its best, and it is little surprise that half of its clientele are die hard meat eaters. With its delicately balanced flavours, one would be hard pressed to realise there is no meat in the food.
Take a walk round nearby Holland Village before or after dinner, it is a quaint hodgepodge of local boutiques and restaurants. If you are there in the afternoon, and want something local and authentic, ask for the Katong laksa (curry style noodles) stall on Lorong Siput. They also serve the Malay style Nasi lemak, with an unusual array of delicious condiments. You cannot leave Singapore without having a meal at the Singapore equivalent of our dai pai dongs, and this is among the best.
While we are on the subject of cuisine, kill two birds with one stone and take a drive to Dempsey Hill. Once housing the old army barracks, these have now been converted into hip restaurants, and once you have showered and are ready to hit the town at night, is well worth a visit. If you are looking for something closer to home, but with a local flavour, Samy’s is a no frills local secret, tucked into a little corner at Dempsey. Folks travel all the way from the other side of Singapore to get a quick South Indian fix at Samy’s, often heading back with a takeaway for the rest of the family, or for the week! It is time to go home, and for many, the mad rush to buy souvenirs at the many tourist shops, or heaven forbid, at the airport. Fret not, fit time into your holiday calendar to visit the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD for short) Held on Fridays at the Red Dot Museum on Marina Boulevard, it is an opportunity to pick up unique souvenirs. Do check before you go though, their opening times vary according to the season.
Holi festivities in Singapore. © Sharan Gill
If you are planning to visit this delightful little country with its melting pot of cultures and sights, you might want to consider going to Singapore during the coming months. In the true spirit of Holi, all the different races in Singapore come together in a harmonious and delightful profusion of colours. Holi festivities in Singapore. © Sharan Gill
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too. The Indian community in Hong Kong is no new element of the city but they are still a minority and therefore still suffer through some setbacks in this foreign environment. Even though their presence is high in numbers, their integration into the mainstream Hong Kong society is slow.
Established in 2015, BEYOND Bollywood has made it their top priority to not only showcase overseas talent in Hong Kong but to use the events to promote cultural and social integration in the city of Hong Kong. Since 2015, BEYOND Bollywood has organized and hosted an array of events that don’t just focus on entertainment but also aim to transform Hong Kong into a more culturally diverse and accommodating city. With their stated mission of “DANCE, CONNECT, DIVERSITY”, this year, they are continuing their efforts to ensure that inclusivity continues to thrive in the city of Hong Kong.
In recent years, the focus on cultural and social integration has magnified considerably. From the refugee crisis to simply the fact that people now have
BEYOND Bollywood aims to foster and integrate concepts of cultural diversity and social inclusion in the community through the power of Bollywood dance and development of
BOLLYWOOD NIGHT 2019 the choice to immigrate, the conversation on acceptance and inclusivity has reached across the globe. While one side turns away from the influx of
immigrants, another makes them their own. The global conversation on culture, race and colour is in the spotlight and it is high time that we take a look at Hong Kong
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community partnerships like NGOs, art and social welfare service organizations, schools and universities, corporates and social enterprises in Hong Kong. BeyonDancing Bollywood Night 2019 was held on the 17th of February at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. The first part of the evening consisted of dance programmes. It showcased the choreography created and presented by 7 Indian dance forms by different dance artists. The dance forms included dances from all parts of India and feature performances in Kathak, Contemporary Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Folk dance, semiclassical Indian dance and Bhangra dance.
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Cosmic Dance Bharatanatyam
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Awantika Dubey Kathak
After a short intermission, the second part of the evening features Hong Kong premiere of the dance drama, “A Journey Within”, which was led by 3 professional choreographers/ teachers/performers who took their love of dance to the next level through collaboration and present a life story about the journey of a Chinese traveler in India through incorporating 3 different traditional dance forms in a single production. The drama was first premiered in Taipei (Nov 2018).
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OXANA BANSHIKOVA Choreographer in Indian dance drama ("A Journey Within")
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Choreographer in Indian dance drama ("A Journey Within")
Choreographer in Indian dance drama ("A Journey Within")
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Hi Poonam Aunty, My name is Harry and I live in Tai Wai. My parents divorced when I was ten. I chose to live with my dad as I worshipped him, and my mum was heartbroken. My dad told me the divorce was my mum’s fault as she had cheated on him; I later realised he had cheated on her. He has never admitted it. When I decided to be with my mum, he told me that he would never forgive me. He is now with another woman who has four selfish children. My dad wants us to be one happy family, but I want nothing to do with them. I have spent years trying to earn his love, but the children just click their fingers and he goes running. Should I cut him out of my life for good?
Dear Harry, It is evident that your father is selfish, he lied to you about your mother, and now he still wants to hold on to you. Your mother gave birth to you nurtured you and finally got the burnt end of the undeserving label of being a cheater.
The pain your mother must have gone through cannot be replaced. Therefore, Harry please wake up and give your mother the love she deserves. 'It is better late than never.' Her love is unconditional and magical to treasure it and grow with it. There is nothing as powerful
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as a mother’s love and nothing as healing as a child’s soul.
As for your father, he has had enough of your love by deceiving you. Furthermore, he has other children to take care so be it.
Hi Poonam Aunty, My name is Ayesha and I live in Tin shu wai. I am 15 and recently I went
to see my friend and we met up with some others. I updated my mum constantly to let her know where I was, but when I got home (five minutes late) she was angry with me. What can I do to make her trust me? My dad was fine about it.
Dear Ayesha Of course, it's a parent's job to worry about their kids. You are comparing your mother’s anxiety with your father’s attitude. Mothers fear their daughters maybe introduced to drugs, ruin their lives or get caught up in the wrong company resulting in natural social pressures of ‘social’ media and become anxious or depressed. Talking helps you be close and enjoy each other more. Please give details that can help your mother understand your situation. Please explain what you think, feel, and expect from her. If you're always honest, a parent will be likely to believe what you say. If you disagree, can you see your mother’s side? If you can, say so. Telling her, you understand her concern helps her to be willing to see yours, too. When talking to your mother use a tone that's friendly and respectful, that makes it more likely she will listen and take what you say seriously. It also makes it more likely that she will talk to you in the same way. Make it a habit of speaking to your mother about other things things besides your outing.
Hello Poonam ji, My name is Prakash and
I live in shatin. I am a 36-year-old single man. I really like this girl in my office, and she is way too younger than me. She always seems interested whenever I talk to her, but I’ve heard she has a boyfriend. I’m not sure how to broach the subject? Should I let her know my feelings or just ignore and move on?
like idiots round my way. The worse thing at the moment is my boyfriend. I feel sure he’s seeing another girl, although he denies it. Why did he have a smell of perfume on his clothes the other day? I’ve realized that lately I lie awake at night with my thoughts chasing round and round. What should I do?
Dear Prakash, Thank you for sharing your concern. You have mentioned this girl she is much younger than you are and besides you have come to know she has a boyfriend. Some times more adolescent girls like older men as friends nothing beyond. If she is interested in your conversation respect that and let her remain your friend. You can always find someone your age and mature enough to be your companion.
My name is Kiran and I live in Sai wan ho. I’ve noticed lately that I worry about everything. My dad has been in hospital and I’m worried that he won’t get better. My school work is not that good, and I think the teachers think I’m a failure (I can tell by the way they look at me). My bike-ride to school has become a nightmare because I think someone is going to knock me down; the drivers drive
Dear Kiran Experiencing occasional anxiety or worry is a normal part of life. However, excessive worry and anxiety can lead to psychological problems. You have mentioned that your dad is in the hospital. I hope his sickness is not life threatening. Share your concern with your close relative or a friend. As for your schoolwork if, you are busy taking care of your dad, please explain your situation to your teachers or school social worker they will support and guide you. To overcome your phobia of someone knocking you down while riding on the bike to school, I suggest for some time take public transport to school. You seem to doubt your boyfriend; it may be your insecurity. If he is a right person for you and if your parents are aware of your relationship, stay friendly with him, avoid any confrontation and continue a healthy relationship.
Mar - Apr 2019
ds your year ahead
Astrologer Munisha Khatwani rea
Aries: This month sees you looking at things in a postive perspective on the professional front. new career opportunites and even something new and good on the personal front is indicated. it is wise to save this month as your expenses are likely to go up as you have got the card of the tower. on the family front you will be quite happy and will be travelling to different parts of the world as well as you have got the card of the world. helath wise you will be feeling better this quarter. Lucky Days : Wednesdays and Fridays.
Taurus: Its now or never as far as your love life is concerned this month . the hierophant card suggests that you will be anxious to make a decison on the love front. for those engaged you will be intrested to get married soon and will be busy with some wedding prepations. this month will be good for women who want to start their career or who want to hae a change of profession. your jupiter planet is good giving you fame in what you do. Lucky Days : Tuesdays and Thursdays will be lucky for you
Gemini: You need to be positive as far as your love life is concered. you have got the card of the lovers which means there is a potential for those wanting a relationship but you will need to make sure your energies are positive or you might even drive the relationship away. fiances will grow but you will have more respnsibilites towards your family. health wise you might incur stomach related problems, be careful. Lucky Days : Fridays and Sundays will be positive for you.
Cancer : When life puts you on a crossroad you need to decide what is important to you. this month there are alot of decisions to be made as far as you professional and personal life is concerned. women have got the card of the queen of swords and it will be a good time to prove yourself professionally. you will recieve some help from your brother or sister. the card of the magician has also appeared indicating you will have confidence in your decisions. a friend might need your help financially go with your intuiton and see what your heart tells you. Lucky Days ; Mondays and Thursdays.
Leo: You will be excited about certain happennings over the next few months. you have got the card of the 3 of pentcles meaning there will be appreciation for your work and talent. you will think of spending maximum time with your family but might not be able to achieve the same. your focus will be diverted and you will be thinking of alot of things these next few months. hold your horses all will happen in good time you need to have a bit of patience. health wise you will be feeling quite relaxed and will see an improvement health wise. Lucky Days : Wednesdays and Saturdays
Virgo: Think before you leap is the advise for you this month. it is not advisable to do things on impulse and you should be taking it slow. for those who are looking for new career opportunties the month of may will be very good for you. you might have some extra expenses this quarter but you might also get some family inheritance so you have lots to smile about. a new relationship is on the horizon and you might be a little skeptical but try and keep an open mind. Lucky Days : Fridays and Sundays
Libra: Things are finally looking good on the health front. for those married you will be going thru a smooth phase and will enjoy spending quality time with your life partner. those who are single your venus is strong these few months so there is a potential for a new relationship. for some friendships might turn into love. alot of you will be thinking of savings and might want to help your parents out financially. Lucky Days : Tuesdays and Sundays.
Scorpio: You have got the card of king of wands for men a good time as far as business partners and career decisons are concerned. for those who just got into a relationship you can expect a pleasant surprise from your life partner. you might not have such a smooth time with certain family members though. there could be some difference of opinion with some family members and this might bother you a bit. my advise to you is try and keep your cool and this will help you. Lucky Days : Mondays and Thursdays
Sagittarius: All work and no play makes jack a dull boy. this month you need to dedicate a bit of time to your personal life also.for those wanting to get married through arranged marriage this is a good time for you to look into your options. as far as family members are concerned you will get good support from them says your cards. you have also got the card of the high prestiess indicating that there will be a spiritual growth this month . health wise you could suffer from some back ache. Lucky Days : Wednesdays and Fridays will be lucky for you
Capricorn: If you are looking at changing your career this is a good time to do so. in case you feel you are in the wrong profession you will have this reliazation during this period. the good news is that there will be some new offers which will excite you as your jupiter is in a good postion. you will get fame in whatever you do. there is alot of foriegn travel indicated this month and that will excite you as well. as far as friendships are concerned you wil be patching up with an old friend and will be burying the hatchet. a good time for singles. Lucky Days : Thursdays and Saturdays will be good for you.
Aquarius: Expect to get alot of attention from the opposite gender this month as your venus is in a strong postiton and you will be enjoying this also. as far as your money is concerned you have got the card of the devil indicating that your saturn is a little weak and thus you might have some losses. you need to be careful in case you are driving your car at night and it is better to avoid night driving. as far as family members go your mother or father will support you in a major decision of your life. some of you will remember your old relationships. Lucky Days : Fridays and Sundays will be great for you.
Pisces: It is rare that a good thing comes around very often and it looks like this month is very luckty for you. something you rejected has come back into your life with a bang. this is a sign from god and your destiny that you should be happy with what is being presented to you. as far as professional decisions are there you will be making the right decison and some of you might even start a new business or career in these months. your faith in god will increase. Lucky Days : Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be good for you.
Aries: If you are feeling elated about certain projects it's a sign from the universe that things are looking up for you this month says your Venus. Look for certain solutions as far as your love life is concerned and try and work on your relationship as they will help you. Finances are more stable this month and you have a lot to be thankful for says your stars. Lucky days : Tuesday and Thursday
Taurus: If and when something is fated for you it will happen irrespective of the circumstances so it is best to surrender to the universe and see how things pan out. You need to keep a check on your tempremant this month and keep your patience as good things come to those who wait. Health is important at the moment and you will be taking care of hour fitness and diet. Lucky days : wednesday and Sunday
Gemini: You don't need to try too hard regarding your career aspects says your planet Moon as the more you try the more it will go against you for this month . Those who are working towards a new relationship it will take some time for things to pick up they way you want. Now is the time to take some action as far as your legal matters are concerned as this week is favouring you for that. Lucky days : Monday and Friday
Cancer : Many of you will be looking at life in a new or different perspective says your cards. Now it's time to figure out those who want to change their jobs what is the final decision. Those who are looking to travel your planet Mercury is in a favourable position so that will benefit you and it will go in your favour. For those going through some financial trouble you need to be patient suggests your cards . Lucky days : Wednesday and Saturday
Leo: Many of you will be going through some difficulties on the professional front as this week is indicated to be a little difficult says your planet Mars. Some of you might even feel as if your hard work is not getting any sort of results where you would like to be. This is a passing phase and you need to be patient as things will pick up but when the time is right. Lucky days : Monday and Friday
Virgo: You finally have some reason to smile this month says your planet Venus as things go in your favour and you feel happy about many decisions. Many reasons are not clear about your future aspects but at least you know where you stand this month as far as professional matters are concerned. As far as health is concerned you should not be taking too much stress as that is aggravating the situation. Lucky days : Tuesday and Sunday
Libra: Life is meaningless if you land up not being positive about it. You need to adapt your attitude and see things in a more positive light this month says your stars. You cannot be too fussy as far as your personal life is concerned as you need to adjust in certain matters. You will try to resolve a friends issue and that will be a good deed on your end says your cards. Lucky days : Thursday and Saturday
Scorpio: You need a lot of support as far as your relationship is concerned and you need to feel secured so it is important that certain matters are clarified. Your planet Sun says that on the work front you have some reasons to smile as some good news come your way accordingly. You need to be more practical as far as your finances are concerned. You might try to reconnect with someone you have lost contact with suggests your planet moon . Lucky days : Monday and Friday
Sagittarius: You will have a deep realisation as far as your loved one is concerned and you might feel as if you done something wrong and you need to clarify your stance says your cards. There could be a friend who will try and intervene and see the picture more clearly in a certain situation as you not able to get a clear judgement about certain things as your Saturn planet is running a bit weak at the moment . Lucky days : Wednesday and Thursday
Capricorn: A friend will try and reach out to you and you might contemplate what is best for you but you should definitely give him or her a fair chance to hear the situation out. Your planet Saturn is not in a favourable position so there could be some arguments which are not required and could be avoided. Travel is very much on the cards so there is something to look forward to suggests your planet mercury. Lucky days : Monday and Wednesday
Aquarius: This might not be a good time for you so it is important that you learn to stay quiet during your difficult period says your planet Rahu. There are some issues with certain family members so you need to be patient and not try to be too defensive this week. On the brighter front you get good support from your true friends and that puts a smile on your face. Lucky days : Tuesday and sunday
Pisces: Many times you may feel gods delays are not gods denials and many times you feel the other way around so this month it is a good time to introspect regarding the same and see the true and brighter picture. Yoga and mediation will be important to you this month and it will also help your state of mind. If you are having an issue with someone it is best to address it to him or her directly. Lucky days : Thursday and Saturday
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