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“Eye 2 Eye”

Creators: Lena, Hanzhang, Isabelle, and Vincent
High School Students from NY Historical Society
Type of Project:
  • Audio/Video
Themes of Project:
  • Culture/Heritage,
  • Immigration
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About this Project:

Our project seeks to highlight the strength of community in an era where xenophobia is on the rise across the nation. In the wake of events such as COVID-19, where East Asian Americans were unfairly blamed for a global pandemic, and a polarized political climate that employs identity as a tool for spreading hate, it is more important than ever to emphasize the power of coming together. Throughout America's history, communities have formed to advance their agendas and fight for their rights and liberties. Examples include the Civil Rights Movement, Women's Suffrage Movement, and LGBTQ rights movement, all of which found strength in community to elevate their status in the US. Today, identity-based communities are still crucial, and our podcast aims to shed light on how communities were formed by immigrants, specifically Chinese and Cuban immigrants, during the Reconstruction Era and how they served as a driving force for change.

Our podcast talks about the immigrant experience in the US including topics about the American Dream and finding community. We invited two speakers from two different cultures and backgrounds: Isabelle’s mom who came from Puerto Rico as a child and Lena’s grandfather who came as an adult from Taiwan for economic opportunity. We pursued this project because we wanted to create a project that is accessible to everyone and our goal for this podcast is twofold. First, we wanted to educate the audience on the historical experience of immigrants during the Reconstruction era. Second, we wished to offer another perspective on the immigrant experience now in the 21st century.

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Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Product Manager at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
Your discussion and podcast format is a wonderful initiative! The way you are addressing important topics like immigration, assimilation, and intergenerational trauma shows your awareness and your drive to educate others.

As you continue to develop your project, consider how you might take it a step further. The insights from your interviewees are deeply valuable, but think about what can be done beyond sharing these stories. Could an app be created to help engage people with these issues, perhaps by offering opportunities to volunteer or donate to relevant causes?

Also, as part of your development process, think about conducting market research and user research. This can help you identify the right audiences for whatever solution you come up with.

Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing how your project evolves.

👏 Director of Program Performance at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Such an important and thought provoking project. Its powerful to link Foos work with your podcast, and your opening evoked news callouts. Great job with the interviews and connecting it all back together at the end!

👏 Head of Delivery (Recruitment /Talent Acquisition) at Audeliss (sister company: INvolve - The Inclusion People) — Emoti-Con Judge
I love a good podcast and was excited to see your project as one! Listening can be equally as powerful as seeing, and having guests to share their personal stories is so moving. I also like your name and logo. Creative! Would love to see longer content and also a blurb detailing the episode (for example, at one mark there will be a discussion with each guest, etc.). Many podcasts do this so you can jump right into certain content. Overall, love your thinking outside-the-box to bring a podcast to the challenge!

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