Film: “Moving” Christchurch, NZ

02/09/2011 § Leave a comment

In his film, Kiyong asks, “Migrants have often left much behind – emotionally, physically and financially – to start new lives and exist without the support networks of extended family and old friends. How do they cope with the trauma, loss and ongoing physical upheaval and sense of dislocation wrought by a natural disaster so severe that even established, lifelong residents have fled elsewhere?”

The film, by Kiyong Park featured in NZ’s 43rd International Film Festival, following not long after the earthquake in Christchurch on the 22nd of February 2011.

Read the full article and interview here.


MigrantYouthNewZealand unites

06/10/2010 § Leave a comment

My joy knew no bounds when I got news of this through Youthline, and just in time to register too! I think these are very exciting and important first steps not just for the organisation but even for all of NZ society. (Maybe there are other events with with similar aims but i’ve been on the look-out and I think it must mean something that i’ve seen nothing to compare this to.)
Finally something like this is happening in New Zealand!

MYNZ is a daughter organisation or a ‘youth unit’ of Shakti, most excitingly it is by youth for youth. (Shakti works to protect immigrant women’s rights, operating from West Auckland from 1995.)

Migration brings with it issues related to settlement, acclimatization to new cultures, cross-cultural barriers, etc. For the youth from immigrant communities, the process of integration while having to live in a traditional environment at home and adapting to western-value based environment outside of home, is a lot harder.
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The Youth Conference, MYNZ (Migrant Youth New Zealand), was held on May 27, 2010 with the primary goal of empowering young people of Asian, African and Middle descent to talk openly about the challenges of living in New Zealand. (With input from four other youth organizations: BODY SAFE, YOUTHLINE, YOUTHLAW and MIXIT.)

It was a day-long event that targeted 15-21 year olds and aimed to provide a space them to identify and address issues specific to their experience, build understanding about cross-cultural aspects and help shape their sense of identity in New Zealand. Topics included: cultural ‘juggling’, racism and bullying, family, love and safety, gender issues as well as information sharing by groups who provide support services for immigrant youth.

Although the conference was a while ago now, work continues and a comprehensive report was published in June 2010 (surely available on inquiry) which continues to plot MYNZ’s future.

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