Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for October
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Growing up as a child in a foreign society seminar held

By Rachael Williams

Cross-cultural specialist Michael Gates spoke at a seminar in Vienna last night in support of the UNESCO International Day of Tolerance.

The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. At the focus of this particular seminar were children growing up between cultures, or "third culture kids".

Third culture kid (TCK, 3CK) is a term coined in the early 1950s by American sociologist and anthropologist Ruth Hill Useem "to refer to the children who accompany their parents into another society".

The seminar was a truly multi-national affair hosted at the Korea Kulturhaus by Vienna's International Christian School and organised by students from  FH Wien University of Applied Sciences of  the WKW, many of whom were international students experiencing life between cultures first-hand.

Speaking alongside Mr Gates was Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Cho Hyun and Ambassador of South Africa Xolisa Mfundiso Mabhongo.

Mr Mabhongo opened the seminar by echoing the words of Martin Luther King: "We did not come over on the same ship but we're all in the same boat". His speech drew particular emphasis to the importance of self-awareness as well as tolerance of differences in today's globalised society. He told the audience which was mainly made up of parents of ICSV students that it was the responsibility of the school community to nurture, mould and build children into models of goodness.

Like Mr Mabhongo, Mr Hyun also told of his own experiences and stated that openness is the key to understanding. He spoke about the changing attitudes of Koreans worldwide and the country's transition from homogeneity following its loss of sovereignty. In recent times, more Koreans are choosing to study or live abroad and Mr Hyun commended the 2,000 Koreans living in Austria, 700 of which are students.

The event's main speaker, Michael Gates, then explored the title of the seminar in context and explained the challenges faced by third culture kids. He told parents: "Our children are international nomads – the next generation – who will help others navigate the globalised world". His speech drew on his own upbringing and also the experiences of his five children all of whom are third culture kids and identifying with different parts of their heritage. He called on teachers and parents of the ICSV to balance the similarities and differences between cultures and encouraged the audience to openly discuss their thoughts and experiences.

Before the speakers, the audience were treated to a traditional Korean instrumental performance and appetisers provided by sponsor Akakiko. African art from Vienna's Galerie Benedict adorned the walls of the venue and a permanent display in the main room honoured the Austrian-born First Lady of South Korea Franziska Donner.

The venue itself is a feat of Vienna's Korean community who pushed for the renovation of the property, which had been derelict for three decades and raised the 1.5 million euros necessary for the work. The new Korea Kulturhaus opened in February 2012 in Vienna's Donaupark.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
students  International  ndash  Kulturhaus  society  children  Tolerance  experiences  audience  kids  cultures  speaker  parents  Gates  Korea  seminar  Mabhongo  venue  Hyun  Vienna

Latest News

 

Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.

Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.

Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.

Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.

Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.

Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.

Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.

Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning in a swimming pool.

Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.

Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers