街坊人物專訪 | 黃亞中 Mohan Huang
Neighborhood Interview - Mohan Huang
Bright Side Projects is honored to have Mohan join us and play basketball with the kids! Making the 4 hour trek to ChingChuan on a regular basis he has diversified the activities we could offer to them. Besides his heart of gold and neverending patience, he is someone I found who has a real and rare understanding of what it means to spend time with children and to build a friendship with them.
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to get involved?
Mohan: About a year and half ago, a friend introduced me, saying there was an association that headed up the mountains to do workshops with the indigenous children on a regular basis. My grandmother happens to be part of the Hualien’s Amis tribe and when I was a child every summer I would return to Hualien. Because of this I’ve always felt a positive association with indigenous tribes and a connection with my indigenous roots so when I heard about an opportunity where I could get involved, I sent in my application.
D: What do you think basketball and sports brings as a benefit to people?
M: For me, basketball has always been a way for people to develop friendships. On the basketball courts there is no distinction of backgrounds or social identities. Playing together on the same court, contesting each others techniques and testing our physical endurance, then becoming friends in this manner, is one of the truest form of an friendship that’s built purely on equality instead of division.
Basketball is not only about physical training but also serves to strengthen our psychological resilience, aids in team work, selflessness, learning division of labor, and enhances social adaptability to get along with others.
D: How is it to see regular faces of the kids in ChingChuan? Is there improvement in their game or your friendship?
M: I find it very interesting because unlike some of my students who call me teacher or coach, they refer to me as they would a friend. Often they yell my name while they’re running over to me and then climb on me like I’m a tree and they’re koala bears so I always have this imagery of them as these gentle, cuddly, cute animals. And when I started going more frequently, a few of the children who previously seemed to have a defensive wall up began to let down their barriers so we could share our lives, to teach and learn from one another.
D: Kids always ask about you when they see me, how does it feel when the kids ask for you to return?
M: Really happy – because I also often want to go back to find them! The best relationship the ones where people put in the same amount of effort and can be so straightforward with their feelings knowing that it will be reciprocated.
D: Why do you keep coming back to ChingChuan or Bright Side Projects events?
M: I have a sense of friendship and kinship ties with the children so wish to continue to be by their side as they grow up. In addition, others who join workshops in ChingChuan are also very amiable and easy to get along with. I have also joined in various Bright Side workshops which broadened my horizons and made steadfast friends in the process. A bond begins to form as we become one huge family so one naturally will want to continue to join in activities.
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
M: I hope that they will grow up having accessibility to resources, become physically and mentality resilient, apply their knowledge, and grow up to be good people that gives back to their community. I hope that my own efforts to be proactive will be something that passes on through the kids that I have taught. If they in turn will also reach out others especially when others need help, they will live a fulfilling life that brims with happiness!
We look forward to your support for our youth basketball program and hope to have a dedicated photographer and videographer. Read more on our website or contact us!
黃亞中 Mohan Huang
籃球教練 Basketball Coach
Mohan is a graduate of SooChow University in the Department of English & Literature. He continued his studies at Taiwan National Sports University, focusing on subjects related to pertinent to the skill set of a sports coach including exercise physiology, sport psychology, and the qualities of a collegiate basketball team coach.
While at University his involvement in basketball showed him the development of a person and the relationship between people on and off the courts. This sport became an avenue that not only provided him with life lessons but also solidified friendships with those he might have otherwise not have met. Through basketball he has gained so much and it is also through basketball and the love of sports transcending arbitrary restrictions, Mohan wants to hone the playing skills of the tribe youth. This way they may also be given the opportunity to commence on their own a fantastic life journey!
過去體育課程 Past Sports Events
We’ve been trying to bring in different options and various forms of athletics so kids and all big kids can get involved. In May, we were lucky enough to have basketball coach Mohan Huang take a weekend off of competing and take his skills 2.5 hours outside of Taipei...
第四次為了我們的新的籃球計劃上去清泉！有興趣快報名，尤其歡迎攝影師還有喜歡大籃球的朋友！如果可以開車帶載志工上去，也很歡迎！ The fourth of our Bright Side Basketball sessions with the kids in Chingchuan! We might not all be athletes but we welcome you to join, help prepare snacks, and just join a day in the mountains with the...
第三次為了我們的新的籃球計劃上去清泉！有興趣快報名，尤其歡迎攝影師還有喜歡大籃球的朋友！如果可以開車帶載志工上去，也很歡迎！ The third of our Bright Side Basketball sessions with the kids in Chingchuan! We might not all be athletes but we welcome you to join, help prepare snacks, and just join a day in the mountains with the...