Citizen journalism, activism and education in rural India

February 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

IU Impact: Citizen Journalist Revives Education in Rural India

This is a great piece done by a young citizen journalist in the rural India village of Jharkhand. The village school had been shut done due to the negligence of the hired teacher. Mukesh Rajak, a Community Correspondent, used his own camera and showed the public the horrible conditions for the students and staff. This is a great example of citizen journalism being used the right way. When traditional media can’t/won’t help…activists can gain support from the public using social media tools.

As a result of Rajak’s work, the school was reopened.

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Leslie T. Chang: Factory Girls

January 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM23HXtPPRk

We’re reading this book in class! The students in my Mobile Technology in Developing Countries class are really enjoying it and the discussions are wonderful. Our focus for the class is how mobile technology changes the way these women/girls traverse through a modern and changing China, but it has so much more to offer. As a second generation American from Pakistan, I understand how migration can change people. I see a lot myself in these characters, which is why this book was so powerful.

Author Leslie T. Chang delivers the 2011 First Readings Lecture on her book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China.

Factory Girls examines issues of migration and industrialization in contemporary China by focusing on the stories of two young women from the provinces who come to the city of Dongguan to work in the factories, learn new skills, and achieve “success.” As Brown celebrates the “Year of China” in 2011-12, Factory Girls should cause you to reflect on the question of a country’s relationship to both its past and its future and how that attitude can affect the lives of ordinary people trying to get ahead.

Tuesday, October 11
Brown University

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