CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY: We hope to pick up with physical discussion groups when the Library re-opens. In the meantime, please feel free to utilize our resources for your family or virtual group discussions!
This event features the short documentary The Orange Story. Our conversation will center around awareness of and healing approaches to xenophobic attitudes. You can see more about The Orange Story production group via their Facebook page.
Potential Discussion Questions:
- Have you every encountered xenophobia in your community? What was your personal experience?
- Do you feel there is any increase or decrease in xenophobia in the US today?
- Has there ever been a time where you have felt “othered” based on how you look?
- What do you think of the role of the media and xenophobia?
- What images spring to mind when you hear the word “xenophobia”?
- Where does xenophobia come from?
- Do you think there is a “xenophobia gene” in all of us?
- How do you cure xenophobia?
- How much xenophobia exists in your country?
- Can patriotism lead to xenophobia?
LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA RESOURCES
- In Our Aunties’ Words : the Filipino Spirit of Hampton Roads by the Filipino American National Historical Society Hampton Roads Chapter
- Filipino American Odyssey from Iloilo, Palawan, Manila to Fairfax County, Virginia by Corazon Sandoval Foley
- How May I Help You? : an Immigrant’s Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage by Deepok Singh
- Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship by Edlie L. Wong
- A Different Shade of Justice: Asian American Civil Rights in the South by Stephanie Hinnershitz
- Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South by Khyati Y. Joshi and Desai Jigna
- Multiculturalism in the United States: A Comparative Guide to Acculturation and Ethnicity by John D. Buenker and Lorman A. Ratner
- A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story by Tom Gjelten
- Immigrant Faiths: Transforming Religious Life in America by Karen Isaksen Lenoard
- Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America by Mae M. Ngai
- Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790–1995 by Deborah Gillian Straub
- The Indochinese Refugee Dilemma by Valerie O’Connor Sutter
- Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald T. Takaki
- Anti-foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960 by Nathan Vernon Madison
From the Libary’s UncommonWealth Blog:
- Abandoned Papers: The Naturalization Certificates Of Ow Chuck Sam And Eng Yick Y
- The High Cost Of Entertainment: Chang And Eng Go To The General Assembly
- Vestiges Of Vietnam: Gathering Stories Of The Refugee Experience
- In Between: Japanese and Japanese Americans in Jim Crow Virginia
- America for Americans by Erika Lee
- Demonizing the Other by Robert S. Wistrich
- This America: The Case for the Nation by Jill Lepore
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Books of 2019 to Fight Racism and Xenophobia
Web and Blog Pages:
- Xenophobia in American blog post by Erika Lee
- The American Xenophobia Paradox a Conversation with Erika Lee
- Racism and Xenophobia website by Woven Teaching
CAAMedia.org recommends six Asian-American documentaries. Not all of these address xenophobia but several included here are well worth watching.