Statement on Coronavirus-related incidents of discrimination and violence

2020-03-25T19:09:51+08:00Tags: |

The Coronavirus outbreak poses a grave health risk to millions of people across the globe. Authorities have imposed unprecedented restrictions to ordinary life to reduce the rate of infections. This disease threatens not only its victims and their loved ones, as well as the ability of health systems to treat the sick, but it also runs the risk of damaging the core values that underpin society.

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (“HKHTC”) is concerned about – and strongly condemns – the large number of incidents in different countries of Coronavirus-related discrimination, stereotyping and physical violence. People have been attacked in the streets, school-children bullied and online, racist vitriol is rampant.

In these intensely testing times, it is imperative to remember that a disease knows no boundaries and does not distinguish among people. It affects ALL HUMANS regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, national, social or cultural backgrounds.

This disease will not be overcome by blame, prejudice and hatred, which will exacerbate the challenges we all face. It can only be fought effectively in an effort BY ALL to temporarily minimise social contact, by strictly adhering to good hygiene and enabling the world’s leading scientists to develop proven cures and vaccines, as well as by showing solidarity with those who need our help. It is at times like this that we should continue showing kindness, empathy and compassion to all those around us.

Through its educational programming, HKHTC is dedicated to promoting tolerance and compassion among all peoples as an essential key to a healthier and better world for everyone.

Translating The Holocaust – A Planned Symposium

2017-10-21T09:31:38+08:00Tags: , , |

We are planning an important symposium alongside Macau University on how to translate the word ‘Holocaust’, and other relevant terms, into Chinese.

There is to date no uniform and official translation of this word and it is essential to have a unified translation that adequately reflects the meaning behind the word.

As Holocaust education expands into China, it is important that Holocaust and Jewish educators have a fitting translation that can be promoted amongst scholars, educators and officials in China so that this relatively new translation can be absorbed into mainstream Putonghua / Mandarin.

March Of The Living – Adult Trip To Poland

2019-10-24T12:26:19+08:00Tags: , , |

The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings people from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II.

Join us: April 17 – April 22 2020

Some insight into the journey by two participants:

  • 2017 March: click here to view a PDF of this participant’s beautiful images and written thoughts from his journey. (written in Chinese)
  • 2016 March:  click here to visit a participant’s blog and share her images and unforgettable experience on this momentous trip. (written in Chinese)

HKHTC Teacher Training Workshops

2018-04-19T18:24:54+08:00Tags: , , |

HKHTC is pleased to offer teacher training workshops on how to teach the Holocaust.

  • How do we teach and incorporate the stories of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders?
  • Where do we begin?
  • How do we teach the Holocaust in an age-appropriate manner
  • What is the importance of inter-disciplinary materials?

During these sessions, we will be going over the pedagogical approach and lesson plans. The workshops are offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese to teachers in Hong Kong’s local and international schools.

If you are interested in taking part in these teacher training sessions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at info@hkhtc.org