CIVIC CONVERSATIONS: A Conversation about Xenophobia

CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY: We hope to pick back up with in-person Civic Conversation groups at the Library in the near future. In the meantime, please feel free to utilize our resources for your own in-person or virtual group discussions!

This event features the short, narrative film 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 or at Full Spectrum Features.

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?
  • How much xenophobia exists in your country?
  • Can patriotism lead to xenophobia?
  • What can we do to lessen xenophobia?


From the Libary’s UncommonWealth Blog:

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Other Films/Documentaries: recommends six Asian-American documentaries. Not all of these address xenophobia but several included here are well worth watching.