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16 Dec 2016

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In silence we are all the same.

On 4 Dec, more than 50 strangers, from business leaders to “everyday heroes” decided to forgo their usual Sunday routines, get out of their comfort zone and come together in a social inclusion experiment involving tea and silence. 

The session was organised by Hush TeaBar, a social movement which holds silent tea-drinking sessions led by its deaf “TeaRistas” to encourage awareness, reflection and also to bring the worlds of hearing and non-hearing together. While Hush TeaBar has been conducting similar sessions in workplaces for stressed out employees, it is the first time they are bringing the Hush experience to unsung ‘everyday heroes’, who include single mothers, security guards, social workers and caregivers.

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Called Hush@Community, it hopes to encourage experiential inclusion by bringing seemingly disparate groups of people together. Participants learn sign language from the deaf, reflect with tea through silent tea rituals and finally everyone is given the opportunity to share and interact with one other.

Founder Anthea Ong, 47, who left the corporate world to start Hush TeaBar in 2014, hopes such sessions can help facilitate understanding and a chance to relate to people within the community “who are different from us both in ability and the work they do.”

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