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Posted On: 11th Mar 2013

Bolstering Young and Old Ties

Over the shoulder of CR Joe Kelly talking with Mustak
Mustak looking at the camera in front of a graffiti background

A Swansea student is producing a short collection of interviews with people in his community to reconcile differences between young and older people in his area.


Mustak Abdul (22) works with the Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) in Swansea to develop links between different groups of people in the city.


He feels there is a lack of communication between young and older people in their own ethnic groups, particularly when the younger generation are pursuing ambitions away from their country of origin. He is worried this leads to misunderstandings and family problems.


Mustak is working with Fixers to record interviews from attendees of an EYST event in Swansea. The interviews will focus on the culture and identity of the interviewees, the expectations they feel, and how integrated they feel in Swansea.


The collection of interviews will then be published on to DVDs, which will be used through workshops hosted by Mustak to encourage young and old members of families to understand one another better.


Mustak, who studies HND Public Services at Swansea Metropolitan University, explains: ‘Swansea is very multicultural, but there are still misunderstandings when parents originate from different countries.


'Young people who grow up here in the UK do not understand the challenges facing their parents back home, and their families may not understand the different lifestyle of the young person in the UK.'


‘Within families there are different expectations, especially when older members of a family hold more traditional views than the “more Western” views of their children.


‘There is a generation gap between family members, and across the city as a whole. I want to get the older and younger members of different ethnicities to interact better, decreasing family rifts.’


The event with EYST will take place on Thursday 4th April from 12 noon to 6pm at EYST, 11 St Helen Road, Swansea, SA1 4AB.


The day will be split into two sessions to cater for both sexes, with mothers and daughters able to attend from 12 noon - 2.30pm, and fathers and sons from 3pm - 6pm.

Author: Ashley Scrace


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