As a final project, I decided to pull together all lectures and others sources of information I have been collecting. I'm excited to put them all together in a digital media format. Unlike the typical research paper which is the format I have been following for the past twelve years I have been devoting to my education, this project is not going to sit in a box in my garage collecting dust. This is what makes digital media unique, its accessibility and dynamic form. This project is one that can be shared with many and can take other forms as others digital users can take it and change it, whether to enrich it or manipulate it to their interpretation. The main point for me is that it allows for discourse on this topic to take place, digital story telling brings it alive!
Through this project I incorporated my own experience as an undocumented immigrant, as well as books I have read on this topic. In the past couple of years I conducted interviews of undocumented indigenous immigrants in Orange County, which helped me understand the universality of the experience of the immigrant, as well as the feeling of fear and alienation I had often experienced. This semester, I decided to complement my research by attending various lectures, like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference, a lecture by UCI Professor Leo Chavez, and the film screening of 800 Mile Wall. By so doing, I reflected on the various myths versus facts provided by researchers on the controversy of immigration.
My hopes through this project is to provide the viewer with a different context on immigration. We often hear myths created by the fear factory which media tends to operate (mainly controlled by governmental powers and corporations) to increase xenophobia and racism against Latinos as illegal immigrants. I think it is necessary to offer a presentation based on academic research which is more objective and empirical in nature. Though by saying this I do not imply that this is biased-free as everything inevitably embedded with the author's biases. The main thing is to provide democratic outlet for expression.