The Power of Personal Stories: Building Resilience through Story-Telling in a Safe Space

Conference: The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2022)
Title: The Power of Personal Stories: Building Resilience through Story-Telling in a Safe Space
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Amy Wai Sum Lee, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong


The prolonged global pandemic has caused great disturbances to many aspects of daily life across the world. Ironically while it forces much of daily operations to retreat into the domestic space (i.e. work from home) and students to learn in their home instead of going back to the school, the inward movement into the “home” does not have a positive impact on the overall well-being across different age-groups. Numerous reports have shown increased stress levels in family members, including the working mother who is burdened with work from home arrangements and the care of the children who are suddenly all staying at home. Even for young people who are “stuck” at home, their learning experience has been much changed, and they are struggling to meet the academic requirements with much less support from their teachers and peers. Being in the same space with family members for a sustained period of time during such stressful social situation may also have added challenges to their emotional health. Outside-classroom or non-academic experience during this time may facilitate stress-free connection among young people, to help them understand their emotions better, and to find support through sharing other people’s stories. This presentation is a report on a teaching and learning project conducted from 2020 at a Hong Kong university. Employing Playback Theatre techniques, the project provided a means for young people to reflect on their own lives, and to connect with various groups of people beyond their usual circle.

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