In this page, I will share some of my activities that rarely gets noticed by mass media.
This article challanges the stereotypical expectation of foreignres in Finland as well as brings ligh on the grounds of ‘Finnish silence’. It has been published at the science part as a column by JYLKKARI, Finland. See the article: https://www.jylkkari.fi/2018/08/finnish-silence-is-a-myth/
•KESKISUOMALAINEN- is the Central Finland’s largest and oldest news paper. It published a worth-long article about Jouni Salo (actor) and the theatre idea he is realising now in the nature, in his current living residence which was completed at 1863. This theatre is a multicultural one, because immigrants like me are involved in it. As I have mentioned already in the article, we Immigrants need a high dose of curiosity to learn the culture, tradition, values and language of the country we are living in. Especially, if that is facilitated by both side (locals-immigrants) through as much as possible interactions – that may result in greater integration. Since, not everyone can reach the article, I have shared below the article and the link. Thanks to Kati Perälä for the interview, Jouni for the invitation and Multicultural Centre Gloria to be a platform to meet new people.
Latvijas Avize – nation wide news paper in Latvia published an article which covered an interview with me about the project we initiated, called “Kopā ar latviešu valodu – latviešu valodā”, meaning: together with Latvian language in Latvian language. Project aimed to bring different nationalities living in Latvia to sing and recite poems in Latvian language by heart in their national/traditional clothes. In this way, we believed that we promoted active participation and integration from one side, rising empathy and acceptance from host nationals side. 23.2.2017. http://www.la.lv/valoda-ar-sieviskigu-skanejumu/ / To get to know more about the project, please visit valodavieno.lv;
•Latvian Television (LTV) – got a short interview about cooperation plans with non governmental organisations in order to handle immigration, reception and integration issues.
(1m: 56s). 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJA6wyyeTQ;
•Kasjauns news portal published an article about me referring to another article in Turiba University Magazine, where I was interviewed about my commitments bringing closer Eastern & Western cultures and my opinion about Latvia.
•Latvian Radio 4 (LR4), Лидия Чера from LR4 invited me to the program “Линии жизни” meaning passages of life, to talk about myself and how I relate myself to Latvia. Илхом Xалимзода: привыкнуть к вашим холодам непросто.
•Regional news paper Aluksnes Novada Vestis and News Website (news.lv) published an article about the project “Diversity as resource” and mentions me there, since I was invited to give a serious of seminar lectures to school teachers and principals in different regions of Latvia about the importance of Intercultural Competence, where I combined theory and practical examples that I have been collecting from my personal encounters.
http://news.lv/Aluksnes-novada-vestis/2016/03/02/pededzes-pamatskola-turpina-dalibu-izglitibas-attistibas-centra-projekta. For more information on the project and my role, please see the organisator website: http://www.iac.edu.lv/projekti-en-us/istenotie-projekti-en-us/new-project-page/
•Here is the actual Turiba University Magazine article with my interview inside. Quite old but for strongly interested ones to read and for me to not forget.