Intercultural Communication in Practice: Insights from the (Foleshill) Field

minoSpeaker: Minoru Yoshioka
Title: Intercultural Communication in Practice: Insights from the (Foleshill)Field
Date/Time/Place: Saturday, July 24th, Kochi University, Building 3, Room 310 (1:00-2:30 p.m)

This presentation will share some insights and lessons learned by the presenter, Minoru Yoshioka, who lived and worked in a ‘hyper diverse’ area of Britain. Foleshill and Hillfields are two neighbourhoods in the city of Coventry, where the national-award winning community organisation FolesHillfields Vision Project is based. These neighbourhoods are blessed by diversity – 28,000 people, over 50% Black and Minority Ethnic with over 47 languages spoken – yet are struggling with disadvantage. They are also two of the two neighbourhoods in the top 10% of UK government indices of poverty and deprivation. FHVP is a non-profit organisation trying to bring local people of different communities together to interact, listen to each other and develop understanding of their differences and commonalities within a global perspective. Having volunteered and worked at FHVP for three years, Minoru has experienced the hardship and joy of working in a real multicultural context. In this presentation, he will identify some of the key issues and share much recognised best practices of community cohesion.
Speaker profile:
Minoru Yoshioka obtained his MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University in 2007. While in Coventry, he joined the FHVP project first as a volunteer and then as a key staff member responsible for Youth Work and the development of Men’s Health Work. He recruited for and ran FHVP’s intercultural, community bridge-building Youth Group, established projects on health issues as a way of bringing together ethnically diverse groups of local men and helped maintain a regular safe drop-in space for local people at FHVP. While in Coventry, Minoru did volunteer work at a night shelter for destitute Asylum Seekers and actively campaigned for human rights for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. He is currently working on setting up a project for Japanese and non-Japanese residents to work together to build a better community in Chita City, Aichi, and teaching JHS English.
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