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From June 2019 till now, Hongkongers have been surrounded by loads of information of the Movement and undergone many incidents. We may be overwhelmed, difficult to digest and hard to share feelings with others. Friends at overseas could only receive scenes of conflicts and might not understand core values and spirits of the Movement.

Therefore, We hope to find appropriate means of recording historical contexts and mottos of the Movement. Activists' memories and emotions could be transformed into an inborn language of drawing. Drawings can reflect history of 2019 and will be kept decently.

What participants need to prepare is one sentence. Words could be from friends' casual conversation, news or online platforms. For you and the Movement, those contents are crucial. They might once evoke your nerves, remind your feelings and stories, as well as bring you new meanings. Participants will be given a large blank paper and record words and memories by recurring drawing.

We have been organizing the workshop for 8 times in July and August 2020. Experiences were all amazing so that we decide to keep running the event. The scale of it is 2-4 people ( which depends on the current policy of social gathering ban). The Arts instructor will lead the session and guide you to transform your own memories and emotions.

Targets: All who owns strong feelings towards 2019 Hong Kong's anti-extradition movement. Positions of the Movement and art skills are not restrictions. If you got some profound feelings and wish to leave them as history, please join us.
 
Date:
5/9 (SAT, 2 – 5 pm)
6/9 (SUN, 2 – 5 pm)
12/9 (SAT, 2 – 5 pm)
19/9 (SAT, 2 – 5 pm)
26/9 (SAT, 2 – 5 pm)
 
Venue: Tai Po ( address details will send to successful applicants )
 
Activity: Reserve 3-hour for yourself, record a sentence which rock your soul and finish the drawing with the guidance of arts instructors. The creative work is not showing your art skills. The most important thing is to reflect feelings of this year.
 
Remarks:
*Each session only opens for 2-4 people. Please avoid no-shows. If you need to be absent because of urgent issues, please inform us *at least 2 working days before* or ask friends to take your place.
*Names will not be marked on the work as this is the art-piece created by all Hongkongers.
*Contact details of participants will be deleted after the end of the workshops.
*Please dress up with clothing which allows to get dirt.
*Because of COVID-19, we restrict the scale of the workshop. If you still worry the health issue, please think twice before submitting the application.

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At September 2020, T2T ( From Trauma to Transformation Project ) will take a break though we keep studying. We have invited Lok, Benny Lai and Dora Choi to be speakers of our reading talks.They will share three books respectively how to nurture our spirituality at bad times.

Though spirituality always be neglected and even overseen, we believe that it supports us to keep going.

The worse the times, the richer knowledge we should equip. The series of 'Bad Times, Good Books' Online Reading Talks introduce new inner resources, ideas and inspiration, so as to broaden our path.

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From June 2019 till now, Hongkongers have been surrounded by loads of information of the Movement and undergone many incidents. We may be overwhelmed, difficult to digest and hard to share feelings with others. Friends at overseas could only receive scenes of conflicts and might not understand core values and spirits of the Movement.

Therefore, We hope to find appropriate means of recording historical contexts and mottos of the Movement. Activists' memories and emotions could be transformed into an inborn language of drawing. Drawings can reflect history of 2019 and will be kept decently.

What participants need to prepare is one sentence. Words could be from friends' casual conversation, news or online platforms. For you and the Movement, those contents are crucial. They might once evoke your nerves, remind your feelings and stories, as well as bring you new meanings. Participants will be given a large blank paper and record words and memories by recurring drawing.

We have been organizing the workshop for 7 times in July 2020. Experiences were all amazing so that we decide to keep running the event. The scale of it is 3-5 people. The Arts instructor will lead the session and guide you to transform your own memories and emotions.

Targets: All who owns strong feelings towards 2019 Hong Kong's anti-extradition movement. Positions of the Movement and art skills are not restrictions. If you got some profound feelings and wish to leave them as history, please join us.

Date:

9/8 (SUN,3-6pm)

23/8 (SUN,3-6pm)

29/8 (SAT,3-6pm)

Venue: Tai Po ( address details will send to successful applicants )

Activity: Reserve 3-hour for yourself, record a sentence which rock your soul and finish the drawing with the guidance of arts instructors. The creative work is not showing your art skills. The most important thing is to reflect feelings of this year.

Remarks:

*Each session only opens for 3-5 people. Please avoid no-shows. If you need to be absent because of urgent issues, please inform us *at least 2 working days before* or ask friends to take your place.

*Names will not be marked on the work as this is the art-piece created by all Hongkongers.

*Contact details of participants will be deleted after the end of the workshops.

*Please dress up with clothing which allows to get dirt.

*Because of COVID-19, we restrict the scale of the workshop. If you still worry the health issue, please think twice before submitting the application.

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We have organized series of 'Citizen Evolution' courses, including "Emotional Support", "Emotional Transformation", "Dialogue Across differences" and "Convergent Facilitation" for workers in organizations, as well as "Coming Back to Life" for activists. Last but not least, now we are preparing "Life from Narrative Practice" workshop. Dr. Ting Wai-fong, who is an experienced instructor of Narrative Therapy and Counseling programs, will be our speaker.

Narrative Therapy emphasizes de-centering, which means that Top-Down-Narrative-Approach should be avoided and knowledge is in everyone's story. In order to help interviewees to refine the wisdom of their own life story, what we can do are learning skills of listening, arranging and re-telling others' stories. The workshop includes 4 sessions: introduction of Narrative Practice, skills of listening and questioning, methodology of recording and rearranging people's stories. Specially designed for journalists, writers and those wanna record history.

Instuctor: Dr. Ting Wai-fong

Date: Aug 6 - Aug 27 ( Every Thurs ), 8:00-10:00pm

Class: Online Workshop ( no worry, we will not use ZOOM )

Fee: HKD 1200 ( adults who are able to pay extra ) ; HKD 800 ( adults ) ; Free for secondary and tertiary undergraduates

Workshop Details:

  6/8 Introduction of Narrative Practice

13/8 Narrative Practice Picture(1): Dialogue with 'Problems'

20/8 Narrative Practice Picture(2): Re-authoring Life Story

27/8 Narrative Practice Picture(3): Re-membering Life Club

Instuctor|Dr. Ting Wai-fong is retired Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences Department at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From 1988 to 2018, she focused on teaching practical social work programs. In 2000, Dr. Ting started her study with Michael White, who was the founder of Narrative Therapy (NT) and passed away in 2008. In 2004 and 2014, she finished international postgraduate diploma and master degree in Narrative Therapy and Community Work respectively. Started from 2005, she keens on teaching and practicing of NT and has edited 4 relevant books. After retired from university in 2018, she still keeps on developing the application of NT in social work and counseling, assisting professions to further study and publish practical handbooks. In the coming workshop, Dr. Ting will share the application of Narrative Practice in personal interviews.

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Our body is like a narrative of us: she records our experience in her own ways, and speaks to us with low but vigorous voices, with a vague but diligent tone.

In the past year, we may have many tough experiences suppressed in our bodies but hard to be shared with others. Can such mental wounds created in our bodies be cured without telling others? In this connection, we launched a trial Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) course in March this year. TRE uses a somatic approach to deal with trauma: by triggering limb vibrations through exercises, it effectively releases the pressure hidden in our bodies.

Summer has returned and the pressure continues to increase with the temperature. We decided to introduce a TRE online course to Hong Kong people. The TRE online course is held by Michelle and Ching, TRE international certified instructors from Singapore, as well as Lilian, a Hong Kong person living in Singapore. The TRE online course comprises six lessons, covering both theory and practice in equal emphasis. The online course will be conducted in the form of small groups so that each participant can experience the TRE and learn how to help people around to release their pressure one by one.

 

Stories of people are the prototype of our history. In the past year, the stories in everyday livings of each Hong Kong person (no matter where you were or have been) are the basic elements weaving our history, no matter how trivial of such stories. Such stories should not be covered by the arguments in our society.

We have launched a scheme inviting 100 Hong Kong people to share with his/her story at this moment to review the occasions happened in past year.

The scheme is undergoing and we discover tremendous efforts are needed. We therefore seek for your help in the following two ways:

I. Being our storyteller:
1. Complete the questionnaire namely “100 pieces of story from 100 Hong Kong people in this specific year”( Click here )

2. Tell us your story with an item representing your story for two hours (we will record your story in a way as you wish)

3. You may also introduce one of your friends to participate the scheme

4. Our artist Humchuk will tailor-make a zine of your story and give you as a gift.

II. Being our supporter:
1. We need at least HKD100,000 to support the necessary manpower, resources and exhibition spaces for the scheme. Any remaining funding will be used to organize extra exhibitions in Hong Kong or overseas.

2. We also expected to organize art and storytelling workshop during the exhibition period to saturate the experience of Hong Kong people in past year. In addition, we will make a video to deeply record the stories from 10 selected storytellers. Your support on the materials, tutors, filming, editing and post-production expenses is highly appreciated.

3. If you would like to be a supporter of us (e.g. donation, offering exhibition spaces, becoming a volunteer of us), or if you would like to understand more about the scheme, you are welcomed to fill in the form and return to us .( Click here )

If you present the donation receipt, irrespective of the donation amount, you can visit the exhibition for free and we will offer you a small souvenir.

Let's record our own history. Please join us.

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“I didn’t come out last time.”
“Yes, I don’t have the gut to go to the frontline.”
“If I ran faster, I would not have caused my companion being caught by the police.”
“In fact, I become a citizen journalist because I don’t have the gut to stand at the frontline and can’t afford the consequence of being caught by the police.”
“I was safe because I returned to home earlier. I cried immediately when I saw my companion was being beaten up in the livestream.”

Sometimes, we want to live as usual. We spend our best efforts to close our hearts by isolating the complaints and suppressing the confusions in our hearts, with the aim to avoid any disturbance caused by the fluctuation of any negative emotion in our hearts.

However, sometimes, we are ashamed of our incompetence. We feel sad since we fail to meet our own expectations and we criticize ourselves harshly so as to urge ourselves to reform.

Such struggles in our hearts make us exhausted…how can we untie these knots in our hearts?

On 21 June 2020 (Sunday), Ah Chi and Ruby, the tutors of T2T, and Mika Maniwa will talk with Hong Kong people about how to “get alone with a stern me”, about listening the self-criticism and blaming in our hearts and about understanding how to guide our actions.

We will explore the voice of the self-criticism in our hearts: what experience from our life does it come from and what pain in our hearts does it bear; how can it push you to do more and better while it is bitter, harsh and contemptuous?

// Bio of Mika Maniwa //
Mika Maniwa has been teaching NVC and leading practice groups for over twelve years in Vancouver, Canada. She shares the relational language of NVC with information about our nervous systems to help people cultivate more self-compassion, resilience and warm community. She has been exploring how NVC can be used to share power and address issues of social location, privilege and internalized oppression in order to create more equitable systems in organizations.

Speakers: Mika Maniwa, Chi and Ruby (T2T Tutors)
Time: 21 June (Sunday) 10:30am – 12:30pm
How to attend: Online
Language: Bilingual (English, Cantonese)
Size: 70 people
Fee: HKD800 / HKD500 / HKD250 / Optional (pay according to your wishes, all fees collected will be used to support T2T’s work)

 

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Summer returns with an oppressive atmosphere where a storm is about to burst. 2020 is even more suffocating than 2019.

How to live freely in a place where freedom has been deprived? How to stay calm and determined in the seemingly endless night?

Is the yellow economic circle merely a close market among a small group of people or a uniting force? What enlightenment can be gained?

When it grows darker and darker and we do not seem to find the dawn, and the social trauma seems to be worsened instead of being transformed, what can we do?

The worse the times, the greater the needs to enhance knowledge. In each session of the 'Bad Times, Good Books' online reading talks series, we will introduce books related to social change, so as to suggest some new resources, concepts and imaginations to help us keep going.

 

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From the Summer of 2019 to the Spring of 2020, we have experienced a lot...

How can we digest and transform these experiences so that we can evolve? 

These questions are always on our mind.

From Trauma to Transformation Project has been started for half a year. Not only do we talk about trauma, but also bring out the injured can also be social transformers. From protests to fighting against the virus, we have witnessed Hong Kong has evolved to 2.0. No longer relying on the elite, no longer cynical, Hong Kong people start to make changes by themselves. The change is like the spread of infectious diseases (well, this analogy is a bit sensitive), and history is being rewritten.

Yet, how can we continue with the changes and build collective resilience? How to thoroughly transform and truly communicate and collaborate with each other? It's not easy. Therefore, in the next stage, we will launch 5 courses of “Citizen Evolution” based on past experience:

*** Courses need to be charged for on-going operation;

However, considering interested parties might not be able to enroll due to financial difficulties, secondary school students and undergraduates are exempted from charges. Each session is $200 for adults, and $300 for those who are financially capable. It aims to complement and help each other, jumping out of the current Consumerist thinking in Hong Kong.

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