Hong Kong is experiencing a vortex of conflicts. Violent clashes in the streets may have dissipated but the scenes play on in our heads and are relived in the media and court rooms. Fresh conflict — personal and social — continue to feed the vortex.
Peaceful protests had been the norm for Hong Kong’s social movements but many who have become disillusioned over no or worse change have decided to use or support violent means. The shift is met with more threat, more violence. In the community, we find deep anxiety, mistrust and rifts in families, among friends, in schools and the work place and between large sections of the people and the authorities.
We believe it is insufficient just to stop an outburst or even to negotiate a settlement. The underlying conditions and relationships have to be transformed. Peace gives us the framework for transformation.
We see a need for peacebuilding capacity and skills – both to deal with the current state of affairs and the many challenges ahead. Against this backdrop, we set up Peace Generation in spring 2020 with the mission to foster a culture of sustainable peace for this and future generations.
We want to change the way we view and respond to conflict in Hong Kong and build peace together in our everyday action.
Prior to founding Peace Generation, Teresa worked in journalism, banking and law. She has a growing engagement with peace, having completed mediation training, graduate studies in international peace and published papers on community security, impasse in peace processes and business and peace. She is also adviser to several other civil society organisations.
Having worked across humanitarian and development sectors with specialized experience in programme quality, Pak-lum has been building a solid foundation for programme design, management, partnering and quality with the Peace Generation team. After her third long world backpacking trip in 2021 and 2022, Pak-lum returned to Hong Kong where she was born and raised, and started a new and exciting journey of deconstructing and reconstructing peace and conflict in and for our community.
Susi is passionate in community building, with an interest in understanding what connects people and how to build a sense of community among us. As the Gardener of Peace Generation, Susi curates public events with the aim to promote dialogue, create common grounds between people, and translate peace into action. Susi is an art practitioner who always seeks the opportunity to cultivate a sustainable ecology in community through art and human connections.
Kit joined Peace Generation with the vision of promoting the concept of peace in Hong Kong. She is particularly passionate about integrating peace education in schools in Hong Kong. Kit recently obtained a masters degree in International Peace Studies in Tokyo. She is also a registered social worker in Hong Kong.
Having recently completed his Masters in Education and possessing a keen interest in education philosophy and policy, Curtis has joined Peace Generation to research on how education can further equality, democracy and peace in Hong Kong. He wants to find ways in which ordinary, everyday spaces can be transformed into more democratic, vibrant and meaningful places through policy and grassroots action. He is also a huge enthusiast of classical music and plays the piano.
Venus believes everyone is an island, and to love is to let the sand flow and go on a journey until the tiny particles reach new shores. Through working as a cultural journalist and writer for major publications in Hong Kong, she has realised the power of listening and responding to others’ stories. She is passionate about multidisciplinary arts and community building, and hopes to facilitate projects that cultivate knowledge exchange as well as relational sense and sensibility.
Having worked as a translator and teaching assistant, Yoyo believes in the transformative power of language and education. She hopes to find creative ways in cultivating a new literacy of peace among students, as well as localising peace education in Hong Kong.