A post also known as CUHK Symposium on Sign Bilingualism Day 0
Yesterday I arrived in Hong Kong with a group of teachers from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde who work with Deaf students in the College. We’re here to attend a symposium on sign bilingualism (I can hear some of you already asking, “What’s that?!” Patience, friends, I will get to that in my next post. 🙂 ) at the Chinese University in Hong Kong from June 19-21.
We were scheduled to come a day early so we don’t have to rush from airport to symposium which would happen if we arrive on the day itself. Thank you very much to the very considerate person who planned this trip for thinking more about our well-being than the expense. 😛 This also means we had some hours to spend walking around Hong Kong! Hooray! I know, I know, some people think of Hong Kong as a shopping destination…or Disneyland…but if you travel with the group of teachers I was with, and one in particular who would probably marry Jose Rizal given a chance, more interest goes into historical locations and seeing the sights that tourists usually don’t look for. We were going on an adventure! Yun lang nga, it felt like we walked the length of a full marathon. 😀
Interesting fact shared by Ms. Febe…Rednaxela Terrace was supposed to be Alexander Terrace but when Rizal wrote down the name for the Chinese sign maker (sorry, sorry, I have no idea what the title actually is and sign maker sounds close enough) he didn’t say that it should be read from left to right. And because the Chinese read their texts from right to left…well, the rest is history. 😉
I see these lovely people often enough in school but don’t really have a chance to get to know so I was doubly blessed by the opportunity to listen to stories, know what they are passionate about, and just be with them. Being present to one another, after all, is important to building relationships. So at the end of the day, despite my feet that felt they were going to fall off, I can say that I had a grand time. 🙂
Tomorrow we get down to business. I’m excited to be at a symposium, would you believe it! I haven’t been to a professional development activity specifically for Deaf Education in quite a while (doing administrative work sometimes bogs you down…that, and not wanting to leave three children for days at a time) and I’m looking forward to learning new stuff. 🙂