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Protecting Our Cultural Heritage: Racial Harmony Day 2016

Text by: Nicholas Sim (1T23) and Amira Yunos (1T06)

CJC celebrated Racial Harmony Day on 19 July 2016, a day where staff and students were invited to come to college in their ethnic wear and congregate at the piazza in a sea of colourful, traditional clothing. During the Student Development (SD) sessions, the JC1s and JC2s gathered in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for the official celebrations.

Emceed by Tron Ng (2T12) and James Ong (2T29) as well as Foo Ji Han (1T03) and Carol Chan (1T05) for the JC2s and JC1 respectively, the celebrations was kicked off with a theatrical piece performed by the English Drama Society as they staged a unique and relatable take on train etiquette, racial harmony, as well as civic duty. The play explores the underlying tensions that might exist between various ethnic groups but ultimately reminds the audience that tolerance is simply not enough. With funny yet relatable characters, this play captures the importance of harmony and unity, a seemingly light-hearted one with an important message delivered.

The annual Racial Harmony Grand Slam happened right after the performance, where student representatives from Joseph, Albert, Patrick and Michael houses battled it out in a currents affairs quiz. This year’s theme was Protecting Our Cultural Heritage: Conflict and Resolution. Coupled with the engaging emcees and active participants who demonstrated keen knowledge of current affairs, the quiz was certainly an exciting one to watch. In the end, although Joseph house and Patrick House were initially leading the JC1 and JC2 cohort respectively, Albert House emerged as the champion of this event across both levels.

Essentially, CJ’s Racial Harmony Day Celebrations was one that was truly memorable where both foreign and local students of diverse cultures and backgrounds came together to celebrate our multicultural roots as one CJ family.