Daily report by Aleksa Nedic The Summit can start
On the second day our PSA film makers were really busy and very productive. All of our seven voice delegates today got deeper in their subjects. Every voice interviewed explored and examined the main charachteristics of their subject. Hearing sad stories, planting seeds, listening to victims experiences. The summit delegates and advisors were talking about the way to make change to this world or at least improve it in any way possible, that helped our delegates to make their movies more realistic and them more aware of the topics they are covering. If this hard working tempo keeps up, the movies this summit could easily be called the best. With the numerous countries working hard this IYMS is empowered by the strongest teamwork yet.
Looking forward to next day!
Daily Report by Aleksa Nedic: From Belgrade to Los Angeles and beginning
After a long and tiring trip we finally arrived to the beautiful and big SOKA university. We were greeted by some familiar faces from the previous summits. The next day we already started meeting each other and brainstorming for the PSA films yet to come.The delegates from Hong Kong have shown a wonderful presentation about their country, and afterwards we were all taken to a tour around the university and find out about their interesting history. The busy afternoon was awarded later that night with a fascinating opening ceremony that will probably be remembered by every summit participant this year. It started with very motivating speeches that got us all excited and ready for work. The summit opening ended with two guitar concerts that left all us all with jaws wide open. The opening of the IYMS was the best way to finish day one.
Looking forward to next day!
Ping Pong, short history
(Table Tennis) began as a mild social diversion. It was probably played with improvised equipment in England, during the last quarter of the 19th century. Though Ping Pong (Table Tennis) evolved, along with Badminton and Lawn Tennis, from the ancient game of Tennis, the game was developed after Lawn Tennis became popular in the 1880s.
The earliest surviving action game of Tennis on a table is a set made by David Foster, patented in England in 1890: Parlour Table Games, which included table versions of Lawn Tennis, Cricket and Football. This game featured strung rackets, a 30mm cloth covered rubber ball, a wooden fence set up around the perimeter of the table, and large side nets extending along both sides.
1890. Only known example. ITTF Museum
From Cultural Alphabet and Movies Screen to Dinning and Conflict Resolution Table:
We would like to keep original idea of the Ping Pong Project but to develop it on the Global Level. We would like to work on the development together, Americans and Serbians but to open space for organizations/members from any country to join “game” and to give contribution to the next Summit’s Ping Pong 2 in Belgrade. In Belgrade we would like to show that Ping Pong is possible anywhere, same like our work on seven issues is possible anywhere and anytime…
What Ping Pong 2 have to be?
New approach, some kind of cover page project trough we would like to show importance, influence and meaning of cultural exchange in diplomacy, policy and future building…
For us, USA-Serbia Cultural Exchange trough Ping-Pong project curated by Linn Marie Kirby and her students/assistants have to become creative exhibition-guide for future cooperation between countries. Ping-Pong is inspirational, associative, motivational, encouraging, collective, competitive, communicational, inclusive, public, open, possible, adaptable, different, beneficial, catalytic, advantageous, healthy, cheap, funny… Ping Pong respect Gender Equality and it is for all ages… It is possible to play in every country culture and confession…
The story develops in one of the poorest slums in Latin America. Just outside Asuncion, Paraguayans capital; Cateura is the city’s trash dump. It is built on a landfill. Here, people live in a sea of garbage. And they live from garbage. Every day, tons of rotting detritus spill from trucks and people swarm over it to pick the pieces of trash that are their livelihood.
We are very close to the 9th Summit, working and meeting place and space for young generation. Youth from more than 30 countries will come to Los Angeles and from July 14th to 27th will work together to determinate problems and to find solution for seven critical issues important for the future of all of us: health, poverty, environment, youth empowerment, discrimination, violence and women’s rights.
Some of our young filmmakers, friends and members of the International Youth Media Summit still looking for sponsors to earn necessary money and to cover traveling and participation expenses. We would like to present them and to invite you to support their effort to participate. If you think that work of youngsters is important for the future and if you think that you can support them with some money please fill our donation-contact form below and we will send to you all necessary instruction necessary for payment.
Today, we would like to present Zeynep from Turkey:
This picture from 1941 shows a Muslim woman on the streets of Sarajevo, using her veil to cover her Jewish neighbor’s yellow star.
After the Nazi invasion, Sarajevo and the rest of Yugoslavia came under the Ustaša regime. Collaborating with the Nazis, the Ustaša enacted race laws that targeted Jews, Serbs, and Roma. Of the 39,000 Jews that lived in the territory controlled by the Ustaša, only 20% survived WWII.
So you might ask why a Muslim woman was aiding her Jewish neighbor.
Bosnia has been a land of many ethnicity and cultures for centuries. Serbs, Croats, Muslims, and even Jews lived alongside each other and integrated their cultures amongst their communities. Jews that escaped the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions found refuge in the Ottoman-controlled territories of the Balkans. And during the onset of WWII, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia opened its borders to Jews fleeing Austrian persecution.
Sarajevo, in particular, was multicultural with flourishing religious cooperation. Sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe,” it embodied the concept of religious coexistence. Sarajevo was the only major European city to have a mosque, a Catholic church, an Eastern Orthodox church, and a synagogue in the same neighborhood.
So it should come to no one’s surprise that a Sarajevo would reach out to assist a fellow neighbor in times of distress, no matter her religious affiliation. It’s a great lesson for us today.
Almir Hodzic Currently studying at the Pennsylvania State University in the process of attaining degrees in international politics and history. Area of focus is politics and transitions in Eastern Europe/Balkans due to the fact of being born in Former Yugoslavia….