CIVIC CONVERSATIONS: A Conversation about Xenophobia

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?


From the Libary’s UncommonWealth Blog:

Web Pages:


Web and Blog Pages:

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