Unison Newsletter Issue #104
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Congratulations to the winners of Unison Community Project Competition 2021

The Unison Community Project Competition 2021 was successfully held on 20 February on Zoom. In the first cohort we have 10 winners. In the next months, the teams will receive project management skills training and will implement the projects in partnership with District Councillors from 4 districts. The program is funded by our partner Citi Foundation. Stay tuned to see as the projects unfold! In the meantime check out the list of winners here:


ELEVATE - Career Development Program 
ELEVATE – 職涯規劃項目 

In February Hong Kong Unison launched a new program named ELEVATE. It is a Career Development program for F.4 & F.5 students which focuses on 1-on-1 individual attention. The objective of the program is to help participating students explore and develop their plans for the future. It is a great opportunity to meet professionals, get individual coaching, and upscale soft skills. The program starts in Feb 2021 and ends in Aug 2021. The program is funded by our partner EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation (

融樂會在二月開展了一個名為”ELEVATE”的項目。此項目專為中四、五的少數族裔同學而設,以一對一形式進行。我們希望透過此項目幫助同學探索、發展其未來職志。同學可以藉此千載難逢的機會,與專業人士會面、獲得單對單的指導,同時學習各種將來會用到的軟性技巧。本項目由二一年二月開展,八月結束。在此我們亦感謝EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation ( 的資助。

Rise in Race Discrimination during COVID-19

Since the 4th wave of Covid outbreaks last December, Hong Kong Unison noticed a rise in discrimination against ethnic minorities, especially the South Asian community. We received distressing phone calls and cases from the community. 15 construction workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were still suspended from work without reasonable explanation and some janitors were asked to take a COVID-19 test despite the fact that they did not live in the outbreak area. In both incidents, only South Asians were subjected to it. We strongly reiterate that discrimination is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated. We urge the Equal Opportunity Commission to take initiatives in investigating the discrimination cases during the epidemic.


Unison's stance on the latest measure on the British National (Overseas) passport

On 27 February Hong Kong Unison issued a statement in response to the Hong Kong Government’s latest measure on the British National (Overseas) BN(O) passport. We urge the Government to set up a hotline for inquiry and assistance for ethnic minorities who are affected by the measures and to alleviate the confusion caused by the sudden change. We want the Government to ascertain the various impacts of any moves on relevant stake-holders beforehand.  (photo credit: South China Morning Post)


Submission to the Financial Secretary on 2021-22 Budget Consultation

On 17 February Hong Kong Unison filed a submission to the Financial Secretary’s office on 2021-22 Budget Consultation. We urged the Government to establish professional ladders and increment 2 salary points for regular teachers who are professionally trained in teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and we suggest the Government to conduct a research on the adequacy and effectiveness of support given to newly-arrived ethnic minority students.

You can find Unison's submission here:


Submission to the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs

On 18 February Hong Kong Unison sent a submission paper to the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs on the Work Progress and Key Focuses of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). In the paper, we asked the government to disclose the data of the outcomes of cultural sensitivity trainings provided by the EOC. We also urge the EOC to take initiatives and investigate discrimination cases under COVID-19. 

You can find Unison's submission here:

融樂會在二月十八日向立法會政制事務委員會提交意見書,主要關注平等機會委員會主席發表的工作進度報告。我們在意見書中要求政府公佈平機會的文化敏感度培訓的成果數據;另外,我們亦促請平機會主動調查在 COVID-19 疫情下的歧視個案。

Submission to the Subcommittee to Study the Development of Textbooks and Teaching Materials

On 9 February Hong Kong Unison sent a submission paper to the Subcommittee to Study the Development of Textbooks and Teaching Materials for Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools. In the paper, we expressed our concerns on the “development of Textbooks” for non-Chinese-speaking (NCS) students. We highlighted that there should be measures to encourage the publication of textbooks for NCS students.


YouTube video by Civil Rights Observer on ICCPR

On 24 February our Executive Director Phyllis Cheung and Unison youth participated in YouTube live held by Civil Rights Observer. In the 30-minute session, Phyllis and Unison youth drilled into the difficulties that ethnic minorities face in participating in civil society.

You can watch the session at this link:

在二月二十四日,融樂會總幹事張鳳美女士與融樂會獎學金得主Trisha應民權觀察邀請,參加其YouTube網上節目。在半小時的節目中,張女士與Trisha 深入探討了少數族裔在參與公民社會時面臨的困難。

Questions on estimates of expenditures 2021-22 
政府開支預算 2021-22 問題

Hong Kong Unison sent out more than 80 questions to Legislative Councilors on estimates of expenditures 2021-22. The replies from the administration provide concrete data regarding different government policies that allow us to monitor the effectiveness of said policies and hence advocate better education policies for ethnic minorities. 


School Talks 

On 25 February Hong Kong Unison organised a workshop for F.4 students. The topic is Meeting People from Various Careers. 11 employees from our corporate partner LexisNexis Hong Kong joined the talk as facilitators of small group discussion. The workshop was conducted face-to-face, hence the energy and enthusiasm was infectious. The students and volunteers appreciated honest conversations. 


Cultural Sensitivity Workshop

On 4 February Hong Kong Unison led a cultural sensitivity workshop- Understanding NCS students for 200 students of Higher Diploma program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) of OUHK-LiPACE. Unison spoke of the difficulties ethnic minority students face in kindergarten, relevant policy and community resources. The workshop was interactive and we are pleased that future kindergarten teachers are passionate about ethnic minority issues and want to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to provide assistance to students and parents.  


Welcome to Unison team 

Please join us in welcoming our new staff, Fredrick, Project Officer. Fredrick will lead ethnic minority youth development projects, public education workshops, and support corporate communications.

He acquired his Bachelor of Social Sciences and Master of Social Work from Lingnan University and Hong Kong Chinese University respectively. He is a travel enthusiast and a writer. He has travelled to more than 70 countries. Over the years he has written and hosted in various media channels. He published two books about his world travels from 2012 to 2014.



Media Digest 媒體摘要

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!


Unison would like to express our gratitude to our donors, supporters and
project grants from the following funders:
American Women's Association
Citi Foundation
EMpower-Emerging Market Foundation
Fu Tak Iam Foundation
Oxfam Hong Kong
Chen Yat-Sen Family Foundation Ltd
The Amber Foundation

Ho & Fung Charitable Foundation Ltd

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