2019 Bold & Brilliant Speakers – Quotes for Thought

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2019 annual TEDxTinHauWomen Bold & Brilliant event on December 6th. We always hope to find Hong Kong-based speakers covering a range of topics so that everyone that attends feels as though they connected with at least some of the stories and messages. And this year we think we got it right!

Photo credit: @threepeaksmedia

We hope you left the annual event feeling inspired by this community of Hong Kongers that worked closely with professional coaches and buddies over months leading up their own moment on stage to share their very own TEDx talk with you.

We’ve selected a few soundbites from each of the talks. Enjoy!

Chi Chi ChengHow I question my identity with a fortune cookie

“This tiny little cookie, shook me to my core. It made me ask some of the most fundamental questions in life: who am I? Where do I come from? What is my identity? What does it mean to be Chinese? Or a Hong Konger?”

“What are the key ingredients that construct an identity?”

Watch Chi Chi’s talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/chi_chi_cheng_how_i_question_my_identity_with_a_fortune_cookie

Gigi Chao How I Found The Meaning of Fortune Through Art

“Most of us live in the closet and go to work and go home each day never letting our parents know. But imagine what it would be like if there was marriage equality in Hong Kong.”

“I am a lesbian. I am who I am, and that’s okay because I also deserve to be loved and I am committed and determined and I have so much to give to society.”

Watch Gigi’s Talk here: hhttps://www.ted.com/talks/gigi_chao_a_billion_dollar_dowry_and_a_love_that_cannot_be_celebrated

Ritu HemnaniAn Inheritance Worth Sharing

“My true inheritance is the resilience my people had when hope seemed impossible.”

“By telling my family’s story, it encouraged others to share theirs and created a safe space for re-living lost lives.”

Watch Ritu’s talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/ritu_hemnani_an_inheritance_worth_sharing

Jesamine DyusThe poet in all of us – reimagining the classic fairy tale (special performance)

“Be seen, not heard,  Now is not time to play.  Just smile with your eyes, You can you be the prize, Look the part, Chocolate hearts, Hershey’s kiss,Be a Little Miss Prim- always proper, Keep your baggage in your locker,Jezzy D, who is she?Chatter boxer, someone stop her.”

“I feel the pain, I know it’s hard, I know you’re hurt. I’ve been there, done that,Got the shirt. So I smashed the glass slipper, So I smashed the glass slipper, Turned everything to glitter, Flipped a new chapter, Wrote my own ever after.”

Watch Jesamine’s performance here: https://www.ted.com/talks/jesamine_dyus_the_poet_in_all_of_us_reimagining_the_classic_fairy_tale

Valentina TudoseEmbracing Unconditional Love

“You know nothing about selfless love until the person in your care literally cannot eat, shower, dress, walk without you. Until you wake up every few minutes to check they are still breathing.”

“Love is a lot more than we think it is. Not a Disney movie, but exactly what we make of it.”

Watch Valentina’s talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/valentina_tudose_embracing_unconditional_love

Brenda ScofieldOld & Bold- An Alternative Journey Through Life

“I grieved the memory of a moment when, at 60, in a silk purple dress I passed a man in the street who said, “Woman you look good.” No more. I became invisible.”

“Being different can be hard. We search for connection, fearing that we are alone in our differences while others are together in their similarities.”

Watch Brenda’s talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/brenda_scofield_old_bold_an_alternative_journey_through_life

Dr. Angélica AnglésIn the search of Life on Mars

“I´ve been told, many times, I look more like a hair stylist rather than a scientist and that I didn’t fit in the field I was studying.”

“Now is the best time to be a Mars explorer, because what seemed like science fiction decades ago is now our reality.”

Watch Angelica’s talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/angelica_angles_in_the_search_of_life_on_mars

For more information on future events, watch this space! To join an informal community event, please follow our IG or FB @TEDxTinHauWomen

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