30th January, 2019
Main theme – Concept of home, and how for many people its not stable.
How To Build a Perfect Refugee Camp”, New York Times:
McClelland, Mac. 2017. “How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp.” The New York Times, December 20, 2017, sec. Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/magazine/how-to-build-a-perfect-refugee-camp.html.
The article is telling the story of a refugee camp in Kalies, Turkey in 2014. Its the nicest refugee camp in the world and hosts primarily Syrian refugees. Camp is an improvement from where they’re coming in terms of resources – education, food, sanitation. Problem arises when these camps become permanent homes for the people cause they have no where else to go.
N.d. Accessed January 30, 2019. http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2016/07/aim_20160703.mp3.
Its about the Indigenous Australian tribes and how they use songs as a means to memorise natural landscapes and wildlife. They author spoke about different memory techniques and how they can be used in daily life as well to efficiently memorise certain tasks. She interviewed people from tribes as well and how the songs has helped them in their daily lives.
Ben Rawles on “The City of Thorns”:
City of Thorns. n.d. Accessed January 30, 2019. https://www.npr.org/books/titles/461891784/city-of-thorns-nine-lives-in-the-worlds-largest-refugee-camp.
Human Rights Watch researcher and novelist, Ben Rawles, talks about his book, City of Thorns, which centres the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, which provides shelter to those fleeing the war in Somalia. He talks about how its been used as a scapegoat by the Kenyan government for terrorist threats, and how the refugees are mistreated as they aren’t provided with equal opportunities and equal pay. He also addresses the problems that arise when the refugees realise that the camp isn’t just a temporary gateway to a better life past the Mediterranean, but actually their permanent home.
“When A Budget Motel Is ‘Home,’ There’s Little Room For Childhood”:
“When A Budget Motel Is ‘Home,’ There’s Little Room For Childhood.” n.d. NPR.Org. Accessed January 30, 2019. https://www.npr.org/2015/08/16/432472821/when-a-budget-motel-is-home-theres-little-room-for-childhood.
This article addresses how due to talk of funds, people are forced to stay in motels, and how such and unstable ‘home’ disrupts a child’s education and upbringing. It focuses on a mother, Karen and how she tries hard to create a sense of home for her 5-year-old, Ian, in a rundown motel in San Bernardino, California. The California Virtual Academy helps with his education, but there’s only so much they can do because outside influences like the exposure to prostitution, drug abuse, violence etc in motels affects Ian’s upbringing.
Salloum, Jayce. 2013. Untitled Part 4: Terra (in)Cognita. https://vimeo.com/71876226.
This video focuses on the people of Okanagan Nation (N’Sylix’cen) and their recollection of the history of the Kelowna settlement. It focuses on the connection between the different periods of extermination, marginalisation, disintegration and assimilation to the present day Okanagan Nation.