街坊人物專訪｜周純卉 (純純) Rhea
NEIGHBORHOOD INTERVIEW｜Rhea Chou
We want to introduce everyone to Rhea who will become Bright Side Project’s first employee! She has been with us as a Big Friend for almost two years and is a rising star that burns bright with her compassion and love for our animal friends and kids.
Rhea’s passion is absolutely inspiring – we are so lucky that she found us. We welcome you to join our workshops to get similarly infected by her enthusiasm!
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to get involved？
Rhea: It was through a friend previously collaborated with one of Bright Side Project’s teachers, Snow Tsao, that I first came to know about the association. I had been following Snow’s updates and in 2014 had a chance to join in a year-end Bright Side event at Harmony Home for Santa Jia Xin. I’m also more than happy to be able to contribute what I can. From my experience that day playing alongside and creating art with kids, in addition other facets of Bright Side Project’s mission, that I continued joined in following workshops.
D: Since you have joined the workshops, do you believe that your relationship has changed with the children and how do you feel about it?
R: Initially, I actually did not know how to interact with children and would only coddle them, this resulting in kids getting use to crying for attention to get what they want and an increased dependency on adults. After understanding Daisy and Snow’s experience, I started to adjust myself and my perception of children. I began to treat children as adults, giving them independence and allowed them to think for themselves, having them using their hands to create, and changed from “helping” them make items and do things to encouraging and guiding them instead.
In the course of time, I could see that a child would begin to learn a variety of different techniques and start develop their own ideas. Over time, I was continuously surprised on how they expressed themselves.
D: What are your favourite classes that you’ve participated in with Bright Side Projects?
R: I love handicrafts, there’s often themes for workshops where we learn about different places and different cultures. Not only do the kids have fun but also the adults. However, what moves me is that each Bright Side workshop in the midst of fun, brings in elements stressing on our attitudes towards the environment, animals, veganism, or an empathy for others. This expands our horizons and makes the events even more meaningful beyond the conclusion of the day.
The courses are not just one-off exchanges but high quality experiences created in mind to get kids and everyone thinking on how our actions impact others in the long term. It’s really been fantastic!
D: Why do you continue to join in Bright Side Project activities?
R: I find myself agreeing with the fundamentals that association was founded upon. It’s not just one-time volunteering, but long term companionship and communication. It’s not also simply about “us” impacting children and their growth, but also very much about building friendships and how we all learn together and grow together.
D: You have brought both your parents and family to Bright Side Projects workshops before, what is it that you hope they will get from joining?
R: Both my parents are retired but have their areas of expertise so I felt that they could definitely bring in their talents to the workshops. At the same time, they could get acquainted with Bright Side Project concepts and learn new things.
Seeing how Bright Side Projects operates and joining in the fun is a great way to get to know new people and kids, perhaps come out on the other side with a new way of looking at things after this experience!
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
R: My hope is very simple – I just want them to be happy during the workshops and hope they treat me as a friend and partner. What I can do is continue to join in the activities and along with Bright Side and the kids, learn together and grow together!
We look forward to you also joining the Neighborhood and our community!
周純卉 Rhea Chou
專案助理 & 大朋友 Big Friend & Assistant Project Manager
Freelance fashion designer . Graduated from FJUTC. Specializing in artists stage styling, fabric prints design.
Passionate about the environment, animal welfare, and social movement issues. Dedicated to being a long term volunteer for communities.