Grave issues for readers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 July, 1999, 12:00am

Two new educational publica tions have been released by the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) as part of efforts in promoting among young readers the con cept of equal opportunities and mutual respect, regardless of race and sexual orientation.

The bilingual comic book, This is How Stars Should Really Be , about what two girls experi enced in one day, shows how negative stereotypes and igno rant attitudes about race sap their energy and harm their po tential, highlighting the impor tance of mutual respect and ap preciation irrespective of per sonal background.

The Chinese book, The Young Detectives' Club, addresses the common misconceptions about people of different races and sex ual orientation.

Having a school setting en ables readers to identify with the characters, thereby encouraging them to ponder upon the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

'It is hoped that the two books will lead to a better under standing of the issues involved among the younger generation, and serve as a guide to teachers and parents as well,' an HAB spokesman said.

The free books are available for collection from all District Offices and for reference at all teaching resources centres of the Education Department.

They have also been distribut ed to youth organisations, and primary and secondary schools.