Eye on Identity (group blog)

In this group blog, Weave contributors analyze patterns of representation in news coverage and investigate underreported issues related to culture and identity. 

Considering Humanity and Representation: The Attacks in Paris, France

I had the incredible privilege to visit France on three different occasions, beginning in high school exchanges with Lycée Bréquigny in Rennes, in northwestern France (Bretagne). The host students and their families, friends that became pivotal to how I regarded the world revealed that our (U.S.) culture, ideology, and mannerisms are different. Yet I also came to realize that at the end of the day, we all desire the same thing: love, liberty, security, connection, and heck, if success came along with that, even better. Travelling opened those doors for my mind and soul.

Interview with Maryam Laly on the representation of Afghan refugees

To better understand the experiences of refugees, we must listen to their stories. This week, I decided to interview Afghan refugee Maryam Laly, who is also a student at St. Lawrence University.

 

Digital Curation: Refugees in the news #4

One great advice I have received on writing, is to find out what others have written, which gives me ideas on what is absent in the news. One way I keep up with the news is through Google alert. I have compiled a list below with a short summary on online material about refugees. These articles are from a variety of sources i.e. blogs, local news, international online news sites etc.

Digital Curation: Refugees in the news #3

One great advice I have received on writing, is to find out what others have written, which gives me ideas on what is absent in the news. One way I keep up with the news is through Google alert. I have compiled a list below with a short summary on online material about refugees. These articles are from a variety of sources i.e. blogs, local news, international online news sites etc.

Video Post: Stories from Refugees

In the past I curated a set of links to article sources related to the topic of refugees.While researching this topic indepth, I have come accross interesting  videos of refugees speaking about their experiences. I have compiled a list of these videos below with brief commentary.

Mobility of Undocumented Workers

In a recent blog post I wrote earlier this week, I mentioned how a protest led by the Workers Center of Central New York featured very few undocumented workers because most of them didn’t have driver’s licenses or vehicles. It seems as though some states are taking steps to help the workers become more mobile and have the freedom to be able to obtain a drivers license.

Rape Insurance: How Michigan Is Punishing Women

This past week has been a sad week for pro-choice advocates. Michigan has recently pass a new bill. Dubbed as the “Rape Insurance” Bill, the “Abortion Insurance Op-Out Act” bans all insurance plans in the state from covering abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. This requires women to purchase a separate plan if they want the procedure covered. This includes cases of rape or incest. 

An Interview with the Spouse of a Vietnam Veteran

            As I had mentioned in my first post, a personal connection with a Vietnam Veteran is what sparked my interest in this blog topic. My Uncle Jack returned from the war with severe PTSD and has been struggling with mental health ever since. His wife Marlene has been exposed to Jack’s issues for many years and agreed to talk to me about the issues she faces as the spouse of a Vietnam Veteran.

 

This Is What Comes Up When You Type "Chinese Religion"

In order to critique the patterns of mainstream media coverage of religion in China, I typed “Chinese religion” into search the search engines Google English, Google Chinese, and Baidu, by using English language for the first one and Chinese language for the latter two. I use two languages for this topic is because Google search, an English search engine, cannot be used in Mainland China.

Becky Field a Concord New Hampshire Artist

I was reading the Concord Monitor and stumbled across this Article written by Becky Field. The article is about a refugee, Concord, NH native, who committed suicide over the Thanksgiving holiday. She writes her condolences and sadness of his passing.