CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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The Unsung Heroes become sung well heroes

HONG KONG (SE): The Unsung Heroes, a choir made up of over 50 Filipino migrant domestic workers, became the sung well heroes at a day to promote understanding among different peoples in Hong Kong, when they drew a few tears from misty eyes with their song, I wish I could kiss you good night.

Appearing at the Amphitheatre next to the Central Government Offices in Admiralty at a function organised by the non-government organisation, Unison, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 12, the under-strength choir sang a composition especially written for them, reflecting their inner yearning for their own children as they go to bed at night.

Since the event took place on a Saturday, the choir had trouble mustering its full composite, but the 25 who could make it put on a credible performance and the stand-in for its usual lead soloist shone, as she led the performance.

On a day featuring the power of human books in dispelling the prejudice and ignorance that characterises stereotyping, the Unsung Heroes showed that the words and the rhythm of music can have their own power in touching both hearts and minds in promoting understanding and appreciation of the often hidden side of life.

The music and words of I wish I could kiss you good night leave a lasting impression of the feeling of mothers who spend their lives looking after other people’s children, while wondering how their own children are faring when they are so far away from their touch.

The choir was founded by British school teacher, Jane Engelmann, who has used her talent and interest to find a forum for migrant domestic workers to express some of their innermost feelings about separation from their families in a touching and artistic manner.


The choir sings under the banner of, Find your voice: sing your song.

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