SGI Chorus Groups in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Contribute to Local Communities
In August and September, chorus groups from Singapore Soka Association (SSA), SGI-Hong Kong (SGI-HK) and Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) performed in their respective communities.
On August 17 and 18, in commemoration of Singapore's 47th National Day Celebration, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra organized a concert at the Singapore Conference Hall. SSA's Soka Chorus was invited to perform during the finale which brought together performers of the orchestra and chorus, and included a recitation of a poem in Mandarin Chinese.
On September 16, the Jiyu Choir comprised of men from SGI-HK held a mini charity matinée at the Castle Peak Hospital in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, to encourage older patients receiving psychiatric care. A selection of popular songs from the 70s were performed and were well received, with many patients singing along. One gave a chorus member a self-drawn picture as a token of gratitude. Members of the Jiyu Choir said this reconfirmed for them the power of music in bringing happiness and hope to others and that they were determined to contribute more to the community.
On September 28, TSA's Hsiung Fung Chorus performed at the South Home of Senior Citizens, in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 30, in accordance with this year's Chinese lunar calendar. The Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a time when families gather to celebrate and appreciate the moon, said by Chinese people to be perfectly round on this day. TSA Vice General Director Chang Sheng-li presented the South Home with books based on dialogues between SGI President Ikeda and members of the Soka Gakkai nurses' and doctors' groups.
[Adapted from an article in the October 9, 2012, issue of the Harmony Press, TSA, and October 19, 2012, issue of the SSA Times, SSA, and October 22, 2012, issue of the Li Ming Shen Bao, SGI-HK; photos courtesy of SSA and SGI-HK]