By Foo Ming Li and Lam Yat Kuan
Do you know that Fairy Tale could be blended with local cultural elements?
Han Chiang College (HCC) students enriched Golden Achievement Awards (GAA) with a flavour of fairy tale to remind viewers of what they had grown up with and encapsulated a rich blend of stories which exude local cultures.
GAA has been organized by HCC annually on September 29 to honour students’ academic milestones and achievements in the college.
This year, GAA presented 25 awards, including 21 academic awards and four special awards. The 21 academic awards were Best Corporate Advertisement, SKM Level 3 (Best Student), Multimedia Communication Design, Special Innovative, Best Young Potential Entrepreneur, Most Outstanding Alumni, Most Promising Young Writer, Most Promising Young Scholar, Best Fiction Production, Best Non-Fiction Production, Best Editing, Best Young Filmmaker, Best Feature, Best Promising English Journalist, Best Promising Chinese Journalist, Best PR Campaign, Best Advertising Campaign and Best Media Planner. The four special awards included two Most Supportive Sponsors and two Best Dress Awards for both male and female.
The organizing chairperson, Teh Kean Hooi, 25, said that having fairy tale as the theme, the committee hoped to bring up the childhood memories of viewers and encouraged students to open up their imaginative minds on the characters.
“My committee and I have come up with the idea to enable viewers to recall what they had as children and at the same time boost the creative thinking skills among the students with the combination of western fairy tale and local cultural elements,” he explained.
Teh added that the committee members had incorporated the elements of local culture into the performances, especially the musical drama where it presented the viewers with the history of “Han” and “Chiang”, as well as the combination of different dialects in the local community.
HCC Principal, Dr Beh Kok Hooi said the theme that students introduced this year had brought viewers back to their childhood memories and the blend of local cultural elements into the performances had also provided viewers a different perspective on western fairy tale.
“I grew up with Disney movies and was inculcated with values of friendships, family, faith, love and magic from them. I believe we have the same childhood memories and hope all the viewers could enjoy the different perspectives of fairy tale presented by the students,” he added.
He praised the efforts by the GAA Committee Members and hoped the students would come up with equally creative ideas in future college events.