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Confronting xenophobia and intercultural communication - Project pitch

What is the purpose of the visual presentation?
The purpose of the visual presentation is to bring the issue closer to those who might not acknowledge the full extent of xenophobic issues and attacks. Because a lot of people think in terms of ’seeing is believing’, we felt that observing instances of this issue and hearing others’ stories will have more impact and help people understand xenophobia better.

What is the hook (how are you going to get people interested)?
The video begins with an impactful introduction – a compilation of videos showcasing outrageous xenophobic behavior, followed by dramatic music.

How is it timely/relevant?
Anti-Asian violence has skyrocketed following the corona virus outbreak and it is pivotal that we bring this issue as a whole to light because it is becoming more and more prominent each day.

Who is the audience?
We wish to reach as many young people who might find this topic/content educational, because they are young enough to learn from past mistakes, but old enough to bring about change, as well as show support to those who might be affected by it.

What is it about?
This video aims to raise awareness to and confront xenophobia by means of video evidence and communication.

What is the storyline (remember to list scene format, e.g. interview, slides, etc.)?

Introduction

SCENE I: (voiceover, black screen) Dewey quote: „Unless freedom of individual action has intelligence and informed conviction back of it, its manifestation is almost sure to result in confusion and disorder.“

SCENE II: Multiple short video examples of xenophobic situations (showcasing insults and attacks because of people’s nationality) followed by dramatic music – e.g. Racist Tirade and Anti-Asian violence
What you have just seen are a few examples of xenophobic attacks.

SCENE III: (slide with text) – the Collins definition: Xenophobia is strong and unreasonable dislike or fear of people from other countries.

Body

SCENE IV: (interview question) What do you first think of when you hear the word ‘xenophobia’? (video of an interviewee answering)

SCENE V: context – (voiceover with headlines of different articles depicting anti-Asian violence – e.g. Anti-Asian attacks rising worldwide and A Spike In Anti-Asian Crime Serves As A Painful Reminder Of America’s History)
We have recently seen a spike in anti-Asian attacks due to the corona virus outbreak. Because the virus originated in China, a lot of people have been blaming the Asian community for the current situation, which has resulted in more verbal and physical violence towards them. We see more and more just how dangerous xenophobia can and has become, and this needs to be addressed.

SCENE VI: (interview question) Have you ever encountered cases of xenophobia, either personally or as a spectator? (videos of a couple interviewees answering)

SCENE VII: (voiceover) Xenophobic ideas and points of view could be largely attributed to little exposure to and education about other cultures, a lack of proper representation in the media and an overall lack of empathy for others. These shortcomings often perpetuate harmful stereotypes, which then help develop an Us vs. Them mentality.

SCENE VIII: (interview question) How did you react to it? (videos of a couple interviewees answering)

Conclusion

(bullet points – in bold – with voiceovers) What can you do?

If you find yourself in a situation where someone is experiencing xenophobia, say something. Step in. Prevent the situation from escalating or getting violent. Help those who might not be able to help themselves.

If someone you know has xenophobic tendencies, educate them. Don’t be afraid to stand up to your loved ones. Prevent future incidents.

And in general, educate yourself. Learn about the world and its people. Getting to know different cultures and languages only makes you richer and will help to minimize or eradicate xenophobia. Learn from those around you and their experiences. Support different organizations which battle xenophobia. Get more involved.

(slide with links to currently helpful and useful organizations)
AAJC
AALDEF
Asian Hall of Fame
Stop AAPI Hate

by airsignsag, ml, Daniel, Taylor, Wesley and miths

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