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MTV Exit launches first-ever national anti-trafficking art exhibition in Hanoi

Vietnamese youth were given the opportunity to study the issue of human trafficking through several creative mediums, including photography, film, music and theatre. The exhibition included a one-day workshop, which challenged youth to fight human trafficking in their local communities for the chance to assist with the production and marketing of an anti-trafficking documentary. These interactive exhibits served as a powerful way to inform and motivate youth about the differences they can make in their local communities.

United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. “MTV Exit launches first-ever national anti-trafficking art exhibition in Hanoi.” United Nations. Web. 5 July 2012. <http://www.ungift.org/knowledgehub/stories/may2012/mtv-exit-anti-trafficking-art-exhibition-in-hanoi.html>.

 

Burmese filmmakers tell stories of a country in transition

A new film academy in Myanmar allows the Burmese people to create films about their stories, the country’s political transition and the political past. Although the films are not made with the intent to change society, the academy’s founder Lindsey Merrison believes that they can be used as tools to “change people’s opinions or raise awareness.” Thanks to generous support, the academy graduated its first generation of film students. They are now the mentors for the future.

Ebbighausen, Rodion. “Burmese filmmakers tell stories of a country in translation.” Deutsche Welle. 27 July 2012. Web. 31 July 2012. <http://www.dw.de/burmese-filmmakers-tell-stories-of-a-country-in-transition/a-16126631-1>.

 

Raising Outrage More Than Awareness

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion is a film that focuses on the Chinese occupation of Tibet and calls for an end to violence. The film is a powerful piece, sharing Tibet’s dark secrets through moving stories and interviews. The film evokes emotions of courage and compassion. Not only did it raise awareness, but it raised outrage over the treatment of Tibetans. This article creates a sense of sympathy, but it also criticizes the film’s Western influence and narration. Regardless, the article concedes that the film’s stories and images are enough in themselves to call attention to the occupation that took place.

Hsu, Shirley. “Raising Outrage More Than Awareness.” Asia Pacific Arts. 5 March 2004. Web. 31 July 2012. <www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=8374>.

 

Bangladesh: Raise awareness to prevent TB, speakers tell media at roundtable

This article focuses on the need to raise public awareness about the high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB). In a very matter-of-fact manner, the article shares several statistics about the exceptionally high occurrence of TB in Bangladesh, emphasizing that 50 percent of adults in the nation are infected with the disease. Efforts are being made to combat tuberculosis. In fact, reducing the number of cases and deaths of TB is addressed in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. Dissemination of information via the Internet, television and radio is a powerful means of curbing the spread of TB. Yet, sadly, these sources are unexploited.

“Bangladesh: Raise awareness to prevent TB, speakers tell media at roundtable.” AsiaMedia. 17 June 2007. Web. 28 August 2012. <http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=72052>.

 

Creating Public Awareness in Asia of Depression as Treatable and Suicide as Preventable

More than half of the suicides that occur in the world take place in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. Of those who commit suicide, an overwhelmingly large percentage is young people. The number of suicides is on the rise, and so is the need for updated prevention programs. Although each country has its own policies, some more advanced than others, this document highlights the successful aspects of various programs, including campaigns that are carried out through television, print, pamphlets, posters and websites.

Nam, Yoon-Young, et al. “Creating Public Awareness in Asia of Depression as Treatable and Suicide as Preventable.” Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia. 2008. Web. 30 Aug. 2012. <http://www.who.int/mental_health/resources/suicide_prevention_asia_chapter3.pdf>.

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