Re-examine and Rethink Hong Kong through the Peace Lens
COVID resurgence, political uncertainty, large-scale armed conflicts and fallouts plus paradigm shifts in technology combine to make a dizzying cocktail.
Making sense of the past, present and future has never been more challenging.
How do we stay connected to the here and now? How do we learn from the past and live fully in the present to inform and imagine the future?
The Peace Fellowship is an opportunity for young people to examine these questions through the peace lens. Twelve Peace Fellows will co-explore the possibilities of and for peace, first in a workshop setting and then within the community.
Read on if you are a university student in Hong Kong and have an open-mind and strong interest in social, political and cultural issues.
(Application for the 2022 Summer Peace Fellowship has been closed.)
Workshops and Community Engagement
The summer fellowship consists of two parts:
Part 1 Workshops (July and August 2022): 7 days of workshops and other group activities on various facets of peace and conflict
Part 2 Community engagement (two weekends in October 2022): A month-long programme in October, curated and carried out jointly by Peace Generation and the Peace Fellows. Fellows will work in teams to conceive and organise activities to engage with the community - book exhibitions, community walks, film screenings, audio-visual presentations, publications and other creative forms of engagement.
The Peace Fellowship will be conducted largely in Cantonese. 活動主要以廣東話進行。
Brian Wong (黃肇鴻) is a member of Liber Research Community. Prior to devoting his career to policy research, Brian served as an Executive Officer of the HKSAR for 6 years holding positions in various government departments and bureaus. His research interests include New Territories land policy, Brownfield and Country Parks, and in general land, housing and environmental policies of Hong Kong. Brian graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a focus on Geography, Politics and Public Administration.
Chelsea is the Chairperson on the Boards of local non-profits RainLily and Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women. She read law at the University of Hong Kong, and was formerly a Practising Barrister. With substantial experience in pro bono legal service and the NGO sector, she advocates for the rights of sexual violence survivors with empathy and sensitivity. Her involvements in legal reforms include amendment of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance in 2018, and legislation of offences of voyeurism, publication of intimate images, and non-consensual photography of intimate parts, etc. in 2021. She also writes with a focus on gender issues.
Elaine Lin is an art and culture professional whose work concerns art, archives, and social advocacy. Over the past 10 years, Lin managed numerous archival initiatives in Asia, and led the collections development at Asia Art Archive (AAA), where she began working since 2012. She has also worked with several organisations to develop their collections and archival strategies, including M+, WMA, and Hong Kong LGBT Movement History Archive. Lin received training in art history and arts and cultural administration at University College London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Having worked across humanitarian, social innovation and private sector, Fiona brings multi-disciplinary experiences and skills to the team. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the social movement in 2019 prompted her to re-think conflict and peace, and inspired her to seek new narratives in and for our community. Fiona co-founded Dialogue Hour Hong Kong with two friends in 2019 to explore meaningful dialogue for difficult conversation.
Frankie Ng is a trainer in the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Resource Centre, specialising in individual and couple consultation, advanced NVC classes, professional workshops for nonprofit organisations as well as the commercial sector.
Frankie has been trained as a priest in his 20’s in Chinese University of Hong Kong and later obtained his Masters in Cultural Studies in Lingnan University. The latter inspired him to participate in public education in various social movements in the last decades. In recent years, Frankie discovered NVC as a great approach which would benefit every professional as well as layman who is interested in improving wellbeing.
Johnson, Ching-Yin YEUNG is a Hong Kong human rights advocate, chairperson of Amnesty International Hong Kong, former convener of now disbanded Civil Human Rights Front, and former student leader. He works professionally as regional campaigner at the Clean Clothes Campaign, which advocates a workers-center, ethical and sustainable fashion industry. He obtained a LL.M at the University of Hong Kong, and his dissertation was about Foreign NGO Law in China. His areas of interest are civic space, business & human rights, mass movement, and digital campaigning. Johnson is a coffee geek and an occasional rock climber.
Yeung Chun Yin, who has been nicknamed “Uncle Salt (鹽叔)” in Cantonese, graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong and the Department of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He went on to study a PhD Programme in Humboldt University of Berlin and King’s College London to further his study. In 2016, Uncle Salt and his comrades established a group “Corrupt the Youth'' and started to host “Philosophy Night” in RTHK31, aiming to introduce philosophy to the general public. He is now teaching philosophy and critical thinking courses in various tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
Professor Simon CHU is an Archivist by profession. He was educated in Hong Kong, Canada and the UK where he obtained his degrees in History, Archival Science and Law.
Professor CHU is former Director of the Hong Kong Government Records Service. He has also held a number of executive positions in UNESCO’s Committees for the Memory of the World Program and is at the moment the Program’s Special Advisor for its Asia Pacific Committee and the National Committee of China.
Professor CHU is currently teaching history in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Archival Science in Hong Kong University. He is a Fellow of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the winner of the 2019 Emmet Leahy Award, an international award given each year to one outstanding records and information professional.
Professor CHU is very keen on promoting professional excellence in the records and archival discipline and a strong advocate for archival legislation in Hong Kong.
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 an adviser to several other civil society organisations.
Wong Tin Yan was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000. As a sculptor, he likes to collect discarded wood pellets to create cartoon style sculptures. His work was collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art, local and overseas private collectors. Besides being active in local and overseas exhibitions, he has been working in art education for more than ten years. Besides, he had cooperated with world-famous brands on various crossover projects. Moreover, he had finished some public art projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan and Taiwan. In recent years, he is teaching many workshops in schools from Kindergartens to Universities. Meanwhile, he loves to share his opinion and experiences as a columnist on newspapers and magazines. In 2017, he set up a new independent art space “Form Society '' at Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po. Starting from 2020, he has been commissioned by M+ Rover to create a series of education programs.
Part 1: Workshops: Understanding Peace and Conflict (July & August 2022)
The Fellowship will begin by exploring the basic concepts of peace and conflict. This will be followed by a deep dive to look at how societies can transform during conflict and in post-conflict situations. The workshops are designed to provide a safe space for interactive learning and exchanging views.
Making sense of the past: Our present and our future are informed and shaped by the past. How then should we remember and understand the past ? What roles can individuals and civil society play in these acts of remembering and understanding the past? Is it possible and desirable to arrive at a collective narrative of the past? Do remembering and remembrance show the way to building sustainable peace? How do we avoid a single narrative in recording history and how do we reconcile different experiences and perspectives?
Transforming conflicts: Many believe that conflict is inevitable and some even take the view that conflict is essential to social development. How then can we better understand the complexity and dynamics of the conflicts in society? Why is trust necessary for tackling conflict and how best to build trust? How do we transform conflict into relationships that can sustain rather than break the community?
Creating a vision of the future: What kind of future society do we want, for ourselves and for others? What things obscure or blur our vision? How does the peace lens help to shape our vision?
Building community resilience: How do we sustain peace through community engagement? How do emerging forms of community change the ways we build peace? What roles do individuals and civil society organisations play in enabling meaningful and vital participation in building a collective future?
Part 2: Community Engagement: Peace in Action (2 weekends in October 2022)
In October, Peace Generation will host a month-long community engagement programme, and the Peace Fellows will be co-curators of this programme. As in our previous public programme, various forms of engagement will be undertaken. Past activities have included a book exhibition, human books, community walk, participatory art, dialogue with strangers and film screening.
How does it work?
Put ideas into action: Fellows will work in teams to research a peace topic and relate it to Hong Kong. Fellows will translate the topic into community engagement activities.
Integrate peace values: Values at the core of peacebuilding, such as inclusivity, respect, trust, nonviolence and sustainability, will be key design considerations of the community engagement activities.
Be creative: To break through conflict and build peace, bold imagination will be essential.
Mentorship: Fellows will be able to test and refine planned activities with guidance from experienced and dedicated community engagement practitioners.
Duration and Commitment:
The community engagement programme is scheduled for October 2022. Fellows are expected to:
Work closely with other Peace Fellows and the Peace Generation team
Communicate regularly with venue partners and mentors
Spend at least one day per week in August and in September on planning the activities
Participate in the community engagement programme on two weekends in October
You should be:
An undergraduate or graduate student in a Hong Kong tertiary education institution
Able to commit to the full programme (see below)
Interested in the intersection between peace and social, political and cultural issues in Hong Kong
Open-minded and passionate about learning and meeting people
Briefing session (hybrid arrangement): 3.30pm – 4.30pm, 20 May 2022 (Friday)
Deadline for application: 11:59pm, 12 June 2022 (Sunday)
Confirmation of successful application: 17 June 2022
Workshops (full day):
Day 1: 16 July (Saturday)
Day 2: 17 July (Sunday)
Day 3: 23 July (Saturday)
Day 4: 24 July (Sunday)
Day 5: 30 July (Saturday)
Day 6: 6 August (Saturday)
Day 7: 20 August (Saturday)
Community engagement: 2 weekends in October 2022