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Irish Born Chinese

Meet ups in Ireland

Created Sunday, 27th April 2008, 16:06 by whykay
(NOTE: This is a migrated article from the old IBC blog)

Paul Chiu has been trying to prod me to get meet ups going, but it has not been going according to plan. There are sites that communicates when met ups are available like (subscription needed) and (free). I found over the years, it’s just not working in Ireland, unless you really work hard at it, and a very specialised area, take one of the meet ups I organise called Python Ireland. We hold talks, or meet up in pubs once every month without fail, but it did stop for awhile and took quite a long time to get it going again, initially the group owner ended up sitting by himself in a pub for a few months, then we came along with a few others, now it’s averaging over a dozen a month. Ireland must be one of the few places where meet ups are not working out, there are lots of cultural groups like Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Asian Professionals in, yet, no one has organised any meet ups at all. Even the Mandarin meet ups were not that great, according to my Irish friend who attended some awhile back. Is this something to do with our society, I mean as a Cantonese Chinese being brought up here, or just being Chinese here? Why do we keep to ourselves? Is it partly something to do with being Irish as well, such as socialising, but there is an element of shyness. A bit contradictory, right? It’s just so strange that is all, that Chinese here are so seggrated, maybe there is not enough of us in college, or working together? I really don’t know. It’s some sort of mentality that is keeping us all from meeting each other. Do I see a research project arising out of this?