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By Jessica Wu
In just two weeks on November 10-12, the SAS Pudong Model United Nations program will be hosting its sixth annual SHASMUN conference. Every year over 300 participants from a variety of different schools spend a weekend devoted to simulations of the debate and procedure as found in the United Nations organization to discuss and create solutions to pertinent global issues. Regardless as to what role they hold – whether it be delegate, chair, director, administrative staff, or guest – all have their own part to play in making SHASMUN a successful and enjoyable MUN conference.
As the Deputy Secretary General of SHASMUN VI and Season 1 MUN, Tiffany Chan believes that “MUN allows you to learn the discipline of adopting perspectives that may be completely opposite of your own.”
“The best part about MUN is that it’s not an absolute zero-sum game like public forum debate; it’s an active collaboration and discussion that has people working towards a common goal.”
To give a better understanding of this event, Tiffany explained this year’s theme, The Slanted Mirror, as something she had thought of to represent the delicate nature and inherent partiality of all truth, especially in the realm of international relations and global politics. There will always be different perspectives and different “slants” on reality, and the responsibility falls to individuals to go and seek out the full truth in its entirety, however unconventional or unexpected it may be.