Act!on for a Cause 2018 Winner – Memories Cached
Cameron Su @ Hong Kong International School
Memories Cached, a middle grade/young adult novel, addresses the pre-teen and teenage angst associated with bullying, both in the traditional sense and cyberbullying. Written more than three years ago, the novel pierces into the psyche of those who endure bullying and others who thrive within it. Memories Cached is my take on a relevant and serious topic. Although a work of fiction, the title includes semi-anecdotal experiences that seek to propel the plotline.
Set in Singapore, the story traces the travails faced by Dominic Chiu, and not one, but two antagonists, Ryan Lee (traditional schoolyard antics) and Savannah Dixon (cyberbullying). The story features dual narration, both from the male and female perspective, encompassed by the multicultural setting of a large international school.
Besides the publication of this novel, my other goal is to initiate an anti-bullying and mental health campaign, co-sponsored by Kids4Kids Act!on for a Cause. This is a two-part mission:
- Proceeds from the novel sales will fund an extensive anti-bullying campaign in the public and private schools of Hong Kong
- I will work with clinical psychologists to make presentations to students in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia
The campaign must involve not only the players at school, namely students, teachers, administrators and counselors, but also parents, medical professionals and education department officials, as well as anyone who can fill the void whenever a student believes there is nowhere to turn.
It is critical to examine the perspective of the victims who are vulnerable. While the moment of impact (either physical or verbal) may shock, it’s the middle- and long-term impact that places victims at risk. The sense of helplessness, as well as isolation and insecurity, does not bode well for any student, especially teens who face multiple academic, physical, mental and other challenges at school and at home.
I’ll never forget the process of writing Memories Cached. My hope is that readers like yourself find the ideas and episodes covered in Memories Cached funny, touching, relatable and authentic.
Memories Cached is one of 20 winning projects under Act!on for a Cause 2018. Check out the full list of winners here: http://kids4kids.org.hk/en/news/action-for-a-cause/afac-2018-winners