Unison Newsletter Issue #99

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2019/20 Tertiary Scholarships Closing Ceremony

The Tertiary Education Scholarship 2019/2020 closing ceremony was held on 29 August on Zoom. This year, four awardees graduated from university with excellent grades. Three of them have started work at schools and in NGOs as teachers and project officers respectively; and one is a Rhodes Scholar, pursuing further studies at Oxford University in the UK. There were online games to capture scholarship learning and a video to go down the memory lane. We are extremely grateful to our donors for their continued support to the awardees and Unison. We look forward to the new batch of 2020/2021 awardees. Stay tuned for updates!


2020/21 Chinese Performance Scholarship Interviews

On 19 September, Unison conducted group interviews for applicants of the Chinese Performance Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship is to commend ethnic minority students who attained good grades in HKDSE Chinese and GCE (AL) Chinese exams. Every interviewee shared their journey in Chinese learning and critically assessed the factors that affect their learning. Through this reflection, applicants had a better understanding on “equal education opportunity”.


Unison is now accepting PayMe and FPS!

Please support Hong Kong Unison to improve the Chinese language education policy so that ethnic minority students have equal education and employment opportunities and integrate into the Hong Kong society. Donation of HK$100 and above are tax-deductible with official receipt. Please email your transaction record, your name, phone no., and address to


2020 Policy Address Submission

The 2020 Policy Address will be announced on 14 October. Unison drafted a submission and presented during the Government’s Policy Address Consultation to express our concerns on education and discrimination issues of ethnic minorities. If you want to know more about our policy advocacy issues this year, please click this link:



Policy Address Youth Participation Workshop

On 12 September, Unison conducted a policy address workshop for ethnic minority youths via zoom. This is a follow-up workshop of the Submission Drafting Workshop organized by ‘Make A Difference Conference’ two weeks ago. We discussed and guided the youths on how to deliver their submissions to the government more effectively. 

本月十二號,融樂會為少數族裔青少年舉辦了一個Zoom施政報告工作坊。此工作坊是專為 Make A Difference Conference 在早兩星期前舉行之「撰寫意見書」工作坊而設的後續活動。寫出一份條理分明的意見書後,現在是時候要知道怎樣將自己的獨到觀點在有限時間內傳達給政府了! 

Cultural Sensitivity Workshop

On 20 August, Unison conducted a talk to a group of kindergarten teachers who attended the the ‘Certificate course on the learning and teaching of Non-Chinese speaking children’ of the Po Leung Kuk Academy of Professional Education. The topic is on enhancing the home-school cooperation with NCS parents.


Institutional Racism in East Asia's COVID-19 Response

Unison was one of the three panelists at the webinar organized by International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism; Japan NGO Network for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; South Korean NGO Coalition for Monitoring the Domestic Implementation of the CERD; and Justice Centre Hong Kong. We discussed about how racial minorities of Hong Kong were affected by institutional racism during the outrbreak of COVID-19 and how the government could have done better to address the needs of ethnic minorities during the pandemic. To watch the webninar, please dowload at:

Masks Distribution  

Thanks to the support of C. C. Wu Cultural & Education Foundation Fund Ltd, Citi Bank Hong Kong, Contemplation in Ease Company Limited, Ms. Mui and One Masks Ltd, we distributed adult and children masks, free of charge, to more than 610 ethnic minority families who are in need of face masks during the 3rd wave of COVID outbreak. We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped pack and post the masks; without whom we would not be able to deliver masks to the families. 


Support to other NGOs

Our Executive Director, Phyllis, has been selected to be a mentor at the 2020 RESOLVE Social Justice Fellowship program – ‘disABILITIES and Empowerment: Less Assumptions, More Conversations’. Her mentee is an ethnic minority youth who supports ethnic minority children with special education needs (SEN). We hope she will be empowered by the mentorship and be able to raise awareness on the needs of SEN ethnic minority children.
Unison supported the Catholic Women’s League Hong Kong in identifying ethnic minority students for their Tutorial Fund Programme, seeking students from financially deprived families who require tutorial support in their homework.

我們的總幹事張鳳美女士獲 2020 RESOLVE 社會公義育才計畫「無障礙對話 推進殘疾人平權」選為導師。她的學員是一位少數族裔青年,主要關心有特殊學習需要的少數族裔兒童。我們希望她在張女士的指導下,能提高社會對此議題的關注。

New Unison Baby

Congratulations to the new proud parent Rashmita, our Community Officer, who delivered a healthy baby boy early September. Sending our best wishes and love to mom and her little prince.

Welcome New Staff    

Please join us in welcoming our new staff, Fatimah, the Community Officer during Rashmita’s maternity leave. Fatimah will conduct outreach, organize parent groups, and support ethnic minority families while Rashmita spends some quality time bonding with her baby boy.

Interns Introduction

Hello, my name is Ashley, I am a postgraduate studying social work at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I will be an intern at HK Unison in the next six months. This is my first internship and my first work related to ethnic minorities. I have always been a person who pursues fairness. After I started to look into the issues related to ethnic minorities, I discovered that there are many injustices in this respect in our society. I am glad to have the opportunity to learn more about ethnic minorities through this internship, participate in related work and contribute to the pursuit of fairness.

大家好,我叫Ashley,我是香港理工大學社工學生。我將會在未來六個月在融樂會實習。這是 我第一次實習及第一次進行與少數族裔有關的工作。我一直是一個追求公平的人,在開始了解 有關少數族裔有關議題後,令我發現原來社會在這方面存在著很多不公平的地方,我很慶幸有 機會通過今次實習更了解少數族裔在香港的生活及參與相關的工作,為追求公平出一分力。

Billy is a third-year postgraduate studying in the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in Social work. During my secondary school, I got one Pakistani classmate, recall the memories of get along with him. There were a lot of misunderstanding on him, but after we know more about his background, we have become good friends, and he will ask our Chinese, we are willing to teach me. In his AL exam, he got a good result. I am very glad to join Unison, I hope I can learn more on advocacy work, how to change our society, and let Hong Kong become a ‘real international city’.


We are looking for smart, organized and capable individuals who are passionate about social justice and racial equality. If you fit the description, please reach out to us for internship or volunteering opportunities!

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Unison would like to express our gratitude to our sponsors and supporters:

American Women's Association
Citi Foundation
Emerging Market Foundation
Dr. K. K. Wong  

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