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Friday, August 26, 2005

Living Book

Recently, a Swedish city of Malmo (a rather nice place; we were there once, on a winter holiday/skiing) adopted the 'Living Library' project. first started during Denmark's Roskilde Festival in 2000. It has since been followed by a Copenhagen library, as well as in Norway, Portugal and Hungary.

What it was: one could 'borrow' a person for a 45-minute 1-to-1 chat (free drinks provided); and the person available ranges from a lesbian, an animal right activist, an imam, a journalist, a gypsy, etc.

It was a project to make people of the city understand more about others within their society for a better integration, particularly by overcoming prejudices.

I heard this over BBC Radio 4 yesterday, and they interviewed the lesbian lady who participated in the project. She told about one Muslim 'borrower' whom she chatted and how much they benefited from the session.

I'm just wondering if Malaysia could follow suit with such a wonderful project; certainly it would help the country to improve our already great understanding among many quarters. One caveat to watch out though, we seem not to be able to verbally discuss or argue things sensibly without venturing into the physical arena in no time. Nevertheless.... I think it's still worth a try.

What do you think?

Tomorrow is London Malay Festival
Have fun...

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