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


The prolonged global pandemic 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. 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, the learning experience has been much changed and they are struggling to meet the academic requirements with much less support from the teachers and peers. Being in the same space with family members for a sustained period of time during such a stressful social situation have added challenges to 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 peoples’ stories. This presentation is a report on the 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. Two years on, students have established solid connection among themselves and have reached out to the community to facilitate understanding and interaction with different people.

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Amy Lee, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong SAR

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Conference: KAMC2022
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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Lee A. (2022) The Power of Personal Stories: Building Resilience Through Story-Telling in a Safe Space ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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