Date
21 January 2017
Two Pakistani schoolgirls (Farhat Nayab, inset left, and Kainat) were the champions among groups from secondary schools in the first Cantonese Competition for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong. Photos: Facebook, Ming Pao
Two Pakistani schoolgirls (Farhat Nayab, inset left, and Kainat) were the champions among groups from secondary schools in the first Cantonese Competition for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong. Photos: Facebook, Ming Pao

Pakistani girls win Cantonese competition with original drama

Two Pakistani schoolgirls have won the first Cantonese Competition for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong. 

The Secondary 5 students from CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School were crowned champions in the category for groups from secondary schools.

The girls, named Farhat Nayab (花禮立) and Kainat (麗雪欣), wrote and staged a drama centering on the 2014 Occupy protests, in which they themselves had taken part.

They told Ming Pao Daily that, as ethnic-minority youth in Hong Kong, they had little opportunity to be heard during the pro-democracy protests.

An awards ceremony for the competition took place Sunday at Tsim Sha Tsui District Kaifong Welfare Association Hall.

The competition was organized by LINK Center, which is run by the Hong Kong Community Network under the umbrella of the Home Affairs Department to serve ethnic minorities in Kwai Tsing district.

The organizer said it hopes the competition will encourage widespread use of Cantonese among ethnic minorities.

About 30 schools and more than 350 contestants took part in preliminary rounds for the competition on Dec. 19 and 20.

Their performances — singing, storytelling, dramas and speeches — were delivered in fluent Cantonese.

A hundred contestants took part in the final round of the competition Sunday morning, followed by the awards ceremony and an Appreciate HK Carnival in the afternoon.

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