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Richmond Multicultural Community Services: The 2015 Diversity Conference

Posted by QEQ Intern | 04.23.15

 

Images from the 2015 Richmond Diversity Conference

Images from the 2015 Richmond Diversity Conference

 

My name is Younghun and I am an intern at QEQ. 

I went to the Diversity Dialogue Conference, which was held in Richmond on April 9th, 2015.

Naturally, I have an interest in cultural diversity, since I am currently living in Vancouver. Therefore, I was extremely excited to attend this Diversity event. First of all, I was surprised by the sheer scale of the conference. It was much bigger than I had anticipated. Moreover, it was one of the most entertaining events I have been to, with lots of Canadians, who were also interested in the same topics.

 

On the whole, Canadians displayed a lively attitude and an open willingness to accept people from different countries. Canadians were interested in hearing people’s opinions and they also expressed their own ideas, but they were never against differing viewpoints.

 

I was happy with the progress that was made during the conference, as well as the methods and fundamental structure of the event. Due to these reasons, a person like me, who has never been to this kind of thing, was able to adapt to the atmosphere and enjoy the experience. There were a few times when I wondered why so many foreigners immigrate to Canada and how they adapt to living in Richmond when their historical backgrounds can be so different? Thanks to the information presented, I now understand the basic reasons for this migration and I learned even more before the conference was over. I was also able to appreciate different perspectives, since there were various age groups at the event, from primary school students to the elderly.

 

Before finishing this post, I would like to thank Alisa, who has allowed me to gain so much experience during my time here.

Gamsahapnida (Thank you in Korean)

 

유난히도 맑았던 2015년 4월 9일, 저는 Richmond에서 진행된 Diversity Dialogue Conference에 다녀왔습니다. 이곳 생활을 하면서 자연스럽게 이쪽 다문화에 대한 관심이 생겼던 터인지라 더욱 기대를 하고 다녀왔습니다. 우선 생각보다 큰 규모의 회의였다는 저를 굉장히 즐겁게 하였고 무엇보다도 이번 회의를 통해 느낄 수 있었던 건 상당수의 캐나다인들이 이러한 주제에 흥미를 갖고 있다는 사실이었습니다. 저와 같은 테이블에 마주 앉아 토론을 진행했던 두 캐나다인 모두 상당히 적극적인 자세로 토론에 임하였고 또한 저를 포함한 다른 문화 사람들의 의견을 적극 수렴하는 등의 자세를 보여 개인적으로 만족스러운 토론을 진행할 수 있었습니다. 이러한 개인적인 측면 이외에도 회의의 진행 방식이라든지 전반적인 구조 자체가 상당히 잘 갖춰져 저같이 처음 이곳을 방문하는 학생들에게도 거부감 없이 이해할 수 있는 상당히 만족스러운 회의였습니다. 무엇보다도 회의를 주체하신 각 나라의 임원들이 각자 본인 나라 이곳 리치먼드에 어떻게 그리고 왜 자리를 잡았는지에 대한 역사적인 배경을 미리 설명해 주셔서 이해도를 높일 수 있었습니다. 또한 저 같은 학생을 포함해서 어린아이부터 나이가 지긋하신 어르신까지 문화적 배경뿐만 아니라 다양한 연령대의 사람들이 참여해 의견을 공유함으로써 제 개인적으로 제가 가진 관점을 넓힐 수 있는 게기가 되었습니다. 글을 마치기에 앞서 한국에서도 쉽게 경험하지 못할 이러한 회의를 경험할 수 있게 도와준 Alisa에게 다시 한번 감사하단 인사를 남기며 글을 마칩니다.

 

Gamsahapnida

Images Taken By QEQ at the 2015 Diversity Conference: Top Left: Conference guests, like QEQ’s Alisa Choi Darcy, were asked to write down ideas on how to embrace Cultural Diversity and Promote Inclusion; Top Right: Conference Executives hosting a panel discussion, Bottom Left: The Conference Schedule; Bottom Right: Guests grabbing a bite during the Conference.