Social withdrawal currently is a prominent issue faced by migrants especially by the youth and due to the unfavourable social situations to promote their upward movement has resulted in Social Withdrawal among the migrated community. With this perspective in mind, as part of International Lecture Series, the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College on the 16th February 2017, organised a Lecture on Understanding Social Withdrawal of Young People in Hong Kong.
The esteemed resource person for the expert lecture was Fr. Dolphie Sequirra (Director, Don Bosco South Asian Youth Services, Hong Kong) who was welcomed with a bouquet of flowers by Dr. Jonas Richard A. (Head, Department of Social Work, Kristu, Jayanti College).
The expert speaker commenced the session by giving an overview on the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong namely Filipinos, Srilankans, Indians, Whites, Indonesians, Pakistanis, Japanese, Nepalese and Malaysians. Fr. Sequirra stated that out of these minorities the South Asian community were the vulnerable population. The critical aspects on the social issues such as discrimination, racism, economic deprivation, social degradation, unemployment, cultural differences, inequality in treatment, stereotyping faced by these ethnic minorities and their causes were discussed during the session. Sociological concepts such as Rationalization and McDonaldization which are the recent change agents in culture was highlighted by the speaker.
The services provided by DB- SAYS are vocational training classes, counselling, Cantonese Language Training, yoga classes and adventure sports activities. These services enable the youth live dignified lives, minimise criminal activity, reduce capitalistic mind-set, foster team spirit and encourage them to live harmonious lives.
Fr. Sequirra concluded that it is important to embrace diversity and accommodate and accept multiculturalism. The speaker was delighted to clarify doubts of students regarding the activities of youth in DB-SAYS, reason for migration from India and recent policies for the welfare of the migrants.
The students felt content having had a fruitful session and expressed gratitude to the Fr. Sequirra for enlightening the students on the ground reality of migration and implication of Social Work among the South Asian community in Hong Kong.