Grace Underhill is one of our Delegates Coordinators for Asia Pacific Week 2020. She is in her 2nd Year studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law.
Do you have any favourite books/movies from the Asia Pacific region? Why would you recommend it?
If anyone hasn't yet seen it, I think the recent Oscar-winning Parasite is an incredible movie. Seeing it win the Academy Award for Best Picture as the first foreign-language film to do so was to me a long-awaited recognition of the value that society and culture in the Asia and the Pacific can add to established 'Westernised' models.
Where do you want to travel in the Asia and the Pacific region?
The Philippines has always been up there on my bucket list! I had actually booked flights to travel there in June of this year, however Coronavirus obviously put a dent in those plans. I have developed a love for scuba-diving in the last few years and would love to see the incredible reefs and marine life that the Philippines holds. A close friend of mine also has Filipino heritage and tells me that the food is incredible!
Were you exposed to cultures of the Asia and the Pacific growing up? What was your experience?
Whilst I was growing up, my family relocated to Singapore for two years. I think living in Asia in such a culturally diverse and vibrant city gave me such an incredible opportunity to gain what understanding I could as a young child of the differences that should be celebrated between people, communities and nations.