- Rolling Dialogue – Cloud Storytelling
School have been closed for a long period to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Ethnic minorities (EM) students have found it harder to learn and practice Chinese at home. When they encounter difficulties in completing their Chinese homework, their parents might not be able to teach them. Their learning progress in Chinese may be affected.
Riding on the success of the “Rolling Books” which was funded by the SIE Fund in 2018, the team proposes to launch a new programme which uses picture book storytelling and online communications to support EM students to learn Chinese. A group of trained storytelling volunteers will tell picture book stories in Cantonese, and teach EM children how to write Chinese characters. The team will produce online videos and exercise worksheets to assist the EM children to practice Chinese at home. The videos will include Urdu or Nepalese voice clips to facilitate EM children to understand and learn better.
The venture targets to offer one-to-one weekly session to 30 EM students, preferably from K3 to P4, living at Hoi Lai Estate in Cheung Sha Wan. Each EM child will be paired up with a volunteer so that they could communicate through WhatsApp video call for at least 30 minutes each week. The volunteers will follow up with the children on the video learning, give feedback on the worksheets, and provide support if they have difficulties in doing their Chinese homework. The family members of the EM children are also encouraged to join the programme so that they could learn Chinese together.
Another 70 EM children from other districts will be recruited to join the one-to-many storytelling sessions delivered through Facebook live video or YouTube. The programme will help the EM children to improve Chinese as well as build their confidence in speaking Cantonese with others.
Rolling Books has begun our project “Rolling Dialogue: Cloud Storytelling” in which we have cooperated with storytellers from all walks of life in filming a series of Cantonese story videos for ethnic minorities children. We hope that our story videos can demonstrate the magical potential of stories, allowing more ethnic minorities children to listen to interesting stories and learn Chinese without the limitation of time and space.
In these videos, we have also added an Urdu voiceover for the introduction of the story and the Chinese Words Learning part at the end of the video. We hope these endeavour can truly help ethnic minorities children in learning and finding fun in Chinese, while some of their Urdu speaking parents can accompany them in their learning journey.
第一條故事影片，我們邀請了冰冰姐姐（藝術本子 Paint in Sense Art Studio）來講述《完美的聲音》這本繪本。在《完美的聲音》中，一群動物受大自然動聽的聲音啟發，決定自己也要發出完美的聲音。在過程當中，動物們因著生理的差異，無論在唱歌或演奏樂器，都遇上不同難關。到底牠們能奏出完美的聲音嗎？讓我們一起聽故事！
For our first story video, we have invited Bing Bing (from Paint in Sense Art Studio) to tell the story “Perfect Harmony”. In “Perfect Harmony”, animals from the forest are inspired by the beautiful sounds from the nature and decide to create their own perfect harmony. However, due to the physical difference, each animal face various difficulties in producing the perfect melody. Can they come up with their own perfect harmony? Let’s listen to the story!
For our second story video, we have invited CanCanMa (from Ungoogoo Story House) to tell the story “Lion is not the Star”. Why isn’t lion the star when it is the strongest animal? Let’s listen to this story and find out!
For our third video, we have invited Christy to tell the story “I Really Want to Eat Durian”. Little Mouse has never tried durian before, nor all other animals from the forest. Let’s find out the taste of durian with the animals through this story!
第四條影片，我們邀請Step小步（Step to Wellness）來說《車票去哪裡了？》這個故事。旅遊巴要開車了，乘客們把車票拿出來，一陣風卻吹來，把大家的車票吹走，於是司機決定：一定要把車票追回來！乘客跟著司機先生一起踏上旅程，從城市開往不可思議的地方，越過高山、懸崖、海邊、雪地⋯⋯讓我們看看他們能否順利追回車票吧！
For our fourth video, we have invited Step (from Step to Wellness) to share the story “Where are the Tickets?”. In this story, the driver is determined to chase the tickets that have been blown away by the wind. Through the journey of chasing the ticket, they passed through mountains, seaside, snowy mountains, and even the race course. Let’s see where the tickets have landed and if the driver can get back all the tickets!
For our fifth video, we have invited Miss Sheeep to tell the story “A Chair for My Mother”. In this story, the main character, a little girl, is saving money with her family in order to buy a new, red sofa. The reason behind it is that their previous home, along with their beloved sofa, was burnt in a fire… Let’s watch till the end to see how the little girl and her family rebuilt their home!
第六條影片，我們請來了冰冰姐姐（藝術本子 Paint in Sense Art Studio）來講述《電車小叮在那裡？》這本繪本。看到其他交通工具走得比他快比他遠，電車小叮覺得自己不夠好，傷心得病倒了，沒有上班⋯⋯大家四處找他，努力地鼓勵他，終於小叮重新振作、再次出發。齊來看看這個溫暖的故事吧！
For our sixth video, we invited Bing Bing (Paint in Sense Studio) to tell the story of “The Little Big Tram”. In this story, little Tram Siu Ding becomes depressed and sick because he feels inferior to other transportations. As he hasn’t work for several days, people look for him everywhere and encourage him. At the end, Siu Ding finds courage and starts running again. Let’s read this heart-warming story together!
For the seventh video, we have invited Kiki to share the story “This is Not Your Fault”. In this story, Luke’s dad gets angry easily and would hit and shout at Luke, making Luke sad and frightened. Under the help of Grandma, Luke learns to speak up and express his feelings, understanding that what his dad does is not his fault.
For our eighth video, we have invited Crystal to tell the story “I Grew Up in a Shark’s Mouth”. In this story, little horse Siu Chi used to be very timid. Feeling like he needs to grow up, Siu Chi embarks on a journey to discover his bravery.
For our ninth video, we have invited CanCanMa to tell the story “My Dad is a Tree”. What is your impression of your dad? What kind of impression do you have towards a tree? After reading the story, we encourage you to imagine your dad or mum as a tree and draw out what you have in mind!
For our tenth video, we have invited Newdellily to tell the story “Our Mothers”(English titled translated by Rolling Books). “Our Mothers” is a story written and drawn by a Hong Kong Pakistani boy, Mohammed Moavia, telling the stories of mothers from different ethnicities: mothers with Chinese origins and Moavia’s mother from Pakistan. Even though their mothers have different appearances, interests and habits, they have the same deep love for their children.
For the eleventh video, we have invited Diana to tell the story “Can You See Them?”. It is a magical story indeed. One day, our protagonist, Mei, starts to see animals made from waste material walking on the streets. However, other people are unable to see them… What is happening? Who can see the animals and why? Let’s find out together!
For our twelfth video, we invited Joey to tell the story “The Gift of Imperfection”. It is a story about finding self. Little Cookie wants to become perfect, yet he couldn’t — he is still too pale, and not round enough no matter how hard he tries. Little Cookie eventually got kicked out of school for his imperfection, yet he stumbles upon a strange place where his imperfection is accepted and celebrated! Let’s read the story together.
For our thirteenth video, we invited Adeline to tell the story “The Princess Project”. The main character in this story is a local Chinese girl in Hong Kong. She loves pink and likes hearing fairytales about princesses and princes. Yet, little girl also notices that her auntie is not “princess” at all — auntie always wears blue and black and never wears dresses. So, little girl comes up with a plan to transform her auntie, named “The Princess Project”.
For the fourteenth video, we have invited Bethany to tell the story “We Can Finally See It!”. The three animals, Elephant, Giraffe and Rabbit are trapped in a cargo train carriage. One day, Giraffe climbs up to the top of a box and see the scenery beyond the carriage. Elephant and Rabbit also want to see the outside world too. What is out there? Can the three animals find ways to see the outside world together? Let’s read to find out!
For the fifteenth video, we invited Little Tree (Ivy) to tell the story of the “The Funny Tummy”. One day, a new neighbour moves to where Little Star and Mr Scarecrow live. Yet, the new neighbour doesn’t say hello to anyone…… Oh, new neighbour actually has a strange tummy — he feels sick and farts a lot, so he is too embarrassed to say hi. Why is his tummy feeling weird? How can Little Star and Mr Scarecrow help him? Let’s read the story together.
For the sixteenth video, we invite Domi to share the story “Mosquito”. In our daily life, we usually don’t like mosquitoes because they bite us and make us itchy. Yet, in this story, the author called the mosquito “a chivalrous hero”. Why is that? In this story, the mosquito fights a battle of wits and strength with the king and the queen. Let’s witness the battle together!
For our seventeenth video, we invited Miss Sheeep to tell the story “I Chase My Dream 30000 Feet Above the Ground”, written and illustrated by Moavia. In this story, Crocodile Ah Fei doesn’t have any friends because it looks too scary and it bullies others. Yet, as soon as he makes a wish on a magic stone, its life changes… Let’s learn about Ah Fei’s story and learn to find our own magic stone.
第十八條影片，我們邀請軒軒（＠Adeline Chan 陳凌軒）來說《我不要做男子漢》。故事中，每個人，包括爸爸媽媽，都叫小主角要做男子漢。因此，小主角便常常跟著爺爺，想從爺爺身上學習如何做男子漢──捉棋、釣魚、打蟑螂等等。但是，有一天，爺爺卻在小主角面前跳起芭蕾舞。咦，男子漢也可以跳芭蕾舞嗎？到底怎樣才算是男子漢呢？讓我們通過故事一起想想。
For our last video, we invited Adeline to tell the story “I Don’t Wanna Be A MAN!”. In this story, everyone, including the main character’s parents, urges him to become a MAN. Therefore, our main character, a little Chinese boy, follows his grandpa — a true MAN — around to learn how to become a MAN. Yet one day, he sees Grandpa doing ballet. Oh, can a MAN do ballet? What does it mean to be a MAN? Let’s think about this question through this story!