I had the chance to learn more about unconscious bias in a fun way, through beer and chocolate tasting.
This experience has made me realize things that I previously didn’t recognize as being disrespectful and not inclusive.
Now that I have gained this awareness, I am committed to improving and being an ally for more inclusive and diverse community.
It is impressive and reflective to use beer and chocolate to address inclusive issues.
It made me realize that there are a lot of things that can be considered as discrimination, which I had not previously noticed.
Additionally, I have gained knowledge of additional methods for effectively dealing with discrimination in real-life situations. This is a great workshop!
I enjoyed a lot in the workshop. We learned how to play the drum, djembe, ate some delicious African food and learned about asylum seekers’ life in Hong Kong. These experiences make me realise that it is important to know about others, especially people who are living a different life due to various factors and mostly excluded, ignored, marginalised, and even silenced. To learn about them is the first step to make changes.
Such an inclusive, insightful and interactive workshop! It was my first time visiting the Deaf Cafeteria, and I gained many new insights there. Not only did I learn some basic sign languages such as ‘thank you’ and ‘ good morning’, but I also learned more about the difficulties that hearing-impaired people may encounter in their daily lives through listening to their sharing. I was deeply inspired by how enthusiastic and optimistic they are despite the fact that they have to work harder and stay more concentrated to get the tasks done.
Moreover, I enjoyed the game we played, in which we had to interpret the meaning through sign language. I found that facial expression was really crucial for conveying a message since one word could represent different meanings.
Last but not least, it is incredibly relaxing to picnic with friends in the country park and the food served by Deaf Cafeteria was delicious!
Witnessing the resilience, positivity and strengths of deaf people first-hand is truly uplifting. Their outlook demonstrates inner peace and positivity from embracing one’s authentic self regardless of certain limitations. Diversity is about recognizing our shared humanity – that different languages (spoken language or sign language) and experiences do not diminish value, but rather enrich the community through new perspectives. A truly inclusive society embraces all people for who they are – it does not demand they change fundamental aspects of themselves to fit narrow norms.
From those I’ve learned from, I find their focus is not on what they lack, but on appreciating life’s gifts. They have taught me about barriers for them like accessing written materials and video content without subtitles presents difficulties that many of us do not encounter. Organizations and advocates who fight such barriers do compassionate work. By opening doors of communication, they open minds to our connections that transcend surface differences. They help all people see that understanding each other is the path to a just world where one feels excluded. I am inspired to learn sign language and continue growing in empathy, appreciation of diversity and advocacy for inclusion.