Our NetMission Ambassador Jenna Fung (Class 2017-2018) and Hong Kong Youth IGF 2018 representatives Faith Lee and Angel Ng have attended the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Paris 2018 at UNESCO building from 12-14 December which marked our last event of 2018. Although it was a shorter IGF, consisting of 3 main conference days as opposed to the usual 5-day meeting, the takeaways are no lesser. This year the IGF was opened at a high with French President Macron delivering a 20-min long opening remark. While people may not always share the same viewpoints as him, his presence certainly made a strong note on the significance of IGF. As a first-timer of the IGF with an keen interest on refugee rights advocacy, Faith personally feels very encouraged by the commitment from the multi-stakeholders to take action on building digital skills of refugees at one of the related workshops that she attended. While digital skills are undeniably important nowadays, Angel echoed further on the Workshop #355 panel that achieving youth digital mobility will help eliminate disparity and develop global citizenship, and work towards global problems. Last but not least, we are motivated to hear from Jenna at the IGF closing plenary that this conference journey ignited further her sense of mission to continue speaking up for youth in Asia Pacific. Take a look at our ambassadors’ blog posts at http://www.netmission.asia/category/blog/.
Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome 30 new students onboard the NetMission 2019 family! Hailing from 16 economies including Australia, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and even a Malian student currently studying in China, we have high hopes for our new cohort! Their training will span across Jan and Feb before they roll-up their sleeves and get busy in our community work.
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Like many other Asians, I grew up in a traditional household and my elders – from my grandmother to my mom (to think of it, maybe it was just the women) are highly superstitious. They told me the craziest things! I didn’t want to believe in them, but I wasn’t going to take any chances so I followed those rules. To this day, even though I still don’t believe in those superstitions, I catch myself passing them onto my own daughter. At the very least, they ARE an excellent way to get her to follow rules.
I started falling in love with concept of “food as medicine” since my childhood when I was inspired by “The Huangdi Neijing” (a.k.a The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine 黃帝內經). Later when I started exploring more from the school library, I found that the Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the Father of Early Medicine (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) had suggested the same concept around the same period of time. He stated “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This has become my creed of life as eating right is really important! Here are my top 10 choices for super foods.
While I claim myself as an adventurous foodie, I have to firstly put out a disclaimer that these 10 exotic foods may be only baby level for some while daring for others – especially westerners. This is just a snapshot of my personal top 10 for exotic Asian foods (that I’ve tried). My list will begin with #10 for least adventurous to #1 for most daring dishes. So here we go…
I have always wanted to be an athlete since a very young age, but growing up in a traditional Chinese family, school always came first and there was only just enough room to do sports recreationally. It always makes me proud to see how Asian athletes are making a name for themselves in their respective sports. They have the powerful ability to inspire many more kids, including other Asians to start young. Here are my top 10 Asian athletes of all time that I think have been very influentia