Zhuomin (‘Min’) Huang

Min - CDI am principally interested in the study of Mindfulness in Intercultural Communication, which explores the extent to which a non-judgemental way of thinking (and also beyond non-judgementalism) can shape people’s external and internal experience in inter-‘cultural’ communication. A mindful mind in practice can provide people a unique mental-space in which all sorts of intellectual and emotional things are well supported to progress. However, it is difficult for anyone to be completely non-judgemental and mindful, because these ways of thinking requires a dynamic and on-going process which can never be considered as accomplished in avoidance of being degraded into compulsive judgementalism. It requires a mind to be continuously aware and alert so that increasing reflexivity and reflectivity can be blended into one’s psychological/intellectual intentionality and inter-/intra- interactions for the purpose of pursuing effective communication, personal development and mental well-being.

I have encountered mindfulness in my Eastern cultural background and then, had the opportunity to explore it more systematically in my doctoral study at the University of Manchester. However, it was only recently that I was introduced to Cooperative Development by Mariam Attia, which is also embedded with very similar philosophies as mindfulness. I do have strong passion to see the community developing into a space for interested people to freely discuss about the implications of non-judgementalism in different fields, which will also hopefully bring some interdisciplinary insights and opportunities with regard to Cooperative Development.

More recently, researching on mindfulness has shown some ‘secondary’ benefits to my personal development: 1) it allows me to be increasingly in consciousness and in control when coping with pressure, problems and conflicts; 2) it helps me to learn from expanded resources with the awareness of respecting diversities and ‘otherness’; 3) it supports me to be more reflective and reflexive (with a ‘third eye’ which is a self-interrogatory sight) in my academic and personal journey; 4) I start to be, at least, a little bit less blind in the attempt of understanding the self, the world and well-being in life.

You are also very welcome to discuss any relevant interests with me via email: zhuomin.huang@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk