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An Anthropological Talk by Wai-man Tang

Teaching Kabaddi for Understanding: Intercultural Education in Hong Kong

Friday 20 August 2021, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) is a pedagogical model with the objective of promoting learning in sport, including the development of social values. This study discusses the impact of a sports program that involves a South Asian sport, kabaddi, on intercultural competence. The program adopted the approach of TGfU and was conducted in a multicultural setting in secondary schools and social communities with participants of different ethnic backgrounds. These participants include students, school teachers, and kabaddi coaches. The findings of the study reveal that the program can enhance the intercultural competence of both Chinese and South Asian students. They gain new knowledge about heritage/minority cultures and learn to appreciate them and develop bonding and bridging social capital, which is across gender and ethnicity. The implications of this study validate the feasibility and merit of integrating intercultural education into physical education. However, it is important to identify the ethnic composition and relations of the participants and devise a suitable pedagogy and curriculum when implementing the program for optimal results.

Wai-man Tang is a lecturer in Anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include migration, sports, and South Asian cultures. He is currently researching a South Asian sport, kabaddi with a focus on its educative value for intercultural education in Hong Kong.



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