Dialogue Journalism

 Zoom conference call between a Rohingya refugee and Burmese-American student (BURMA CONNECT)

Zoom conference call between a Rohingya refugee and Burmese-American student (BURMA CONNECT)

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The Rohingya have no communication with other ethnic people of Burma- this could address the bigotry problem that Rohingya refugee’s face.

So I decided to create a platform where Rohingya refugees could speak with other ethnic minorities with the goal of building understanding, possibly even tolerance.

> Bridge Building through Dialogue Journalism

I started BURMA CONNECT, a journalistic project that attempts to build bridges within the diaspora of Burma. So the conversations are on something that every person of Burma can relate with — ethnic identity.

SpaceShip Media, and its introduction of dialogue journalism, is an inspiration behind this project.

These conversations, conducted on Zoom Conference call, are not debates. Instead, these are thoughtful discussions where people share what it’s like to be from Burma, and from a member of their respective ethnic group. The Rohingya refugee crisis surfaces on it’s own.

The primary goal of this project is to impart an understanding of the wide array of experiences and beliefs from Burma, few of which are covered by international media.

Then, these inter-dynamics and experiences will be reported out upon for the American public.

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