Newsletter No. 485

10 # 4 8 5 | 1 9 . 1 0 . 2 0 1 6 Photo by ISO Staff 口 谈 实 录 / V iva V oce 洪菲雅 Hung Fei-nga • 新亚书院社会工作学系毕业生 New Asia College/ Social Work alumna • 2015 – 2016年度诚明奖得主 Winner of the Cheng Ming Award 2015–2016 身为本年度诚明奖得主,此奖项对你有何意义? 我感到非常荣幸,这个奖项代表自己四年来对学术与社会工作实习的努力 付出,终于得到认同和肯定。我一定要在此感谢我的本科论文指导老师 陈季康 教授,若没有他一直在旁支持与鼓励,我想自己未必有勇气主动申 请这个奖项。 你的毕业论文探讨香港性小众青年所遇到的挑战及其精神健康,为 何选择研究这个题目? 在香港,社会工作学系的学生很少就性别议题作广泛而公开的讨论。然 而,社会上对性别角色的期望、被主流价值观划分为「可接受」或「不能接 受」的性行为与性倾向、甚至对性小众(包括同性恋者、双性恋者与跨性 别者)的既定印象与偏见,都会引致不同形式的歧视与不平等现象,而这 些歧视往往对性小众青年的自我形象与精神健康,构成严重的负面影响。 参与研究及社会工作实习时,有什么难忘的经验? 今年6月,我有幸出席在新加坡国立大学举行的第八届国际健康暨心理 健康社会工作研讨会,并在会上发表毕业论文。身为场内唯一发言的本科 生,我当时真的非常紧张。本以为大家对我的研究不会太感兴趣,但当我 发言完毕后,竟然有几位学者走过来,说他们很欣赏我的论点,更鼓励我 继续从事社会工作的研究,令我感到既兴奋又意外。 至于实习工作中最印象深刻的,就是在台北一所服务受虐妇女与儿童中 心的日子。你或许会认为入住庇护中心的妇女都很柔弱,但经过几个月 的相处,我却发觉她们大多是非常勇敢、坚强的女性!虽然经历了许多创 伤,她们仍能振作,以单亲妈妈的身分,独力将孩子抚养成人。我也希望 社会能给予施暴者更多情绪辅导及教育支援,试想像这些施暴者若从小 就了解尊重妻儿的重要,社会每年可以避免多少家庭悲剧的发生? 参与社会工作实习时,曾否遇到令你失望的时刻?你又如何调适 心情? 你有看过《反转脑朋友》吗?那是我最喜爱的动画之一,故事讲述人生若 要过得圆满,就必须懂得如何「面对和拥抱悲伤」─我非常赞同这个讲 法。社工的职责不是要确保每个人都过得开开心心,也无法为他人解决 所有难题。我们的使命是陪伴有需要的人,让他们学会认识自己、接受自 己,从而发掘各自的潜能,直到有一天,他们能够运用自己的天赋和资源 去解决问题,过独立而有意义的生活。 你积极参与不同社会议题的讨论,为弱势社群发声。你如何在繁忙 的生活中取得平衡? 这对我来说其实一点也不容易,但我相信服务社会是每一位大学生应尽 的责任。记得2014年9月,当整个社会为政治问题产生激烈的讨论,我也 开始对公义和平等的议题有更深入的关注和反思。有段时间,我差不多连 续好几天都没有好好睡过,希望可以完成更多工作,以满足社会、老师与 实习机构对我的期望。直到有一天,实习机构的一位导师告诉我,我的精 神很差,建议我请几天假,那时我才真正了解到休息的重要。从此以后, 当我发觉自己开始力不从心时,就会学习放慢生活的脚步─有时甚至会 停下来,让身心回复力量再重新出发。 毕业后有什么计划? 我现在为社会工作学系陈季康教授与 张瀞文 教授的研究助理,同时协助 张文茵 女士,为癌症病人提供艺术治疗服务,张女士是一位注册表达 艺术治疗师,也是我非常敬重的师长,我很高兴能够向她学习。将来,我 希望能做更多充权工作,帮助弱势群体、连结社区力量。长远来说,我期 望自己能够继续真诚待人、认真追求学问,寻求真理,尽力实践新亚书院 「诚明」的精神。 What does winning this year’s Cheng Ming Award mean to you? It is rewarding to see my previous four years of commitment to social work has finally been recognized. I do owe a debt of gratitude to my undergraduate thesis supervisor, Prof. Chen Ji-kang , who is also a member of New Asia College. Without his recommendation and encouragement, I wouldn’t even have the courage to submit my application for the award. Your undergraduate thesis investigates the challenges faced by LGBT youths in Hong Kong. Why did you conduct a research on this specific issue? Many of the major gender-related issues have not been openly and widely discussed by the students of social work, particularly in Hong Kong. Our society’s gender role expectations, its perception of ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ sexual orientations and behaviours, as well as the society’s stereotypical assumptions about the sexual minorities, can lead to various forms of inequality and discriminations, which have profound negative impacts on the self-esteem and mental health of LGBT youths. Tell us some of the unforgettable moments from your research and fieldwork experiences. I had the privilege to present my undergraduate thesis at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health in the National University of Singapore this year. As the only undergraduate speaker at the conference, I was a bit intimidated at the beginning. After the presentation, I was very surprised to receive some positive feedback from the conference participants. Their encouragement had definitely reaffirmed my commitment in social work research after graduation. As for my fieldwork experiences, the most memorable moments came from my three-month placement at a shelter for abused women and children in Taipei. You may think that women living in the shelter are mostly weak and vulnerable. But for me, they are extremely brave. Many of them are trying their best to raise their children and live an independent life as single-mothers. I would also like to see our society offering more education and counselling services to the abusers—just imagine how many tragedies would have been prevented if they had come to realize the importance of respecting their family members. Have you ever felt disappointed at any moment of your research or fieldwork? How do you overcome that feeling? One of my favourite motion-pictures, Inside Out , talks about the importance of embracing one’s sadness in order to lead a fulfilling life and I couldn’t agree more. It is not the job of a social worker to make everyone happy or fix other people’s lives. Our mission is to accompany the people in need as they come to accept who they are and discover their potentials. It is our hope that one day they can utilize their own resources and inner strength to enhance their personal well-being and live a meaningful life. You are actively engaged in the debates of various social issues. How did you find a balance in life while taking up so many responsibilities? It was not easy. But I believe that as university students, we do have the responsibility to make a positive change to the society. In September 2014, when Hong Kong was under intense political debate, I started to ponder a lot about social equality and justice. There was a moment that I felt extremely overwhelmed because I wanted to handle everything at the same time. In the end, one of my supervisors advised me to take a few days’ break from my fieldwork. Then I realized it is always a good idea, or even necessary, to pause and re-orient our direction in life. What is your plan after graduation? I am currently a research assistant for Prof. Chen Ji-kang and Prof. Chang Ching-wen at the Department of Social Work. I am also helping Ms. Fiona Chang , a registered expressive arts therapist and also a teacher of mine whom I respect a lot, in offering arts therapy services for cancer patients. It would be perfect if I could work for organizations which focus on the empowerment of the marginalized population. As for a long term plan—I will try my best to live by the motto of New Asia College, ‘Cheng Ming’—to remain sincere to everyone I encounter and continue to cultivate intelligence and wisdom in everything I do.

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