A group of 6 volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving a presentation on Dentures vs. Implants for around 30 seniors at the Golden Age Center in Chinatown on Thursday, October 4.
This presentation was requested by the seniors following oral health presentations previously given at the center. Three second year Cantonese speaking students Sammie Huang (D21), Andy Cheung (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21) gave the presentation in Cantonese together, and a third year, Ping Zeng (D20), was present to give the technical answers, which were then translated to Cantonese. Emerly Hsu (D21) and Irene Lang (D21) were also able to translate for some Mandarin-speaking seniors.
Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “For me, as ADO’s community service representative, the preparation for this bilingual presentation on a more technical dental topic was both a challenging and rewarding learning experience. Because I was unable to find one single volunteer with both the Cantonese language skills and the technical knowledge necessary to give the presentation, I needed the help of a team of people with separate, but necessary skills, to give the presentation. From collaborating heavily with Ping Zeng, a third year, on making the presentation, to having the powerpoint itself translated by 2 bilingual friends, to involving 3 separate bilingual D21s on giving the presentation, I had a humbling experience in working with a team to accomplish a goal that initially seemed deceptively simple.
Successfully finishing the presentation was very rewarding, because despite some hiccups with language barriers, the seniors were extremely engaged with this presentation than they had been with previous oral health instruction presentations. We spent almost half an hour answering their individual questions. This presentation at the Golden Age Center was a humbling, and exciting experience to learn more about how we can sometimes bridge the gap between what community organizations request and what we can do. “