Panel 4


Panel 4

Panel 4: Policy and Politics, Presentations and Q&A, Room 3202

Claire Templeton, "Denaturalizing Myths Deriving from Media Influence"

There is heavy media influence in the U.S., which fuels our perceptions of others. Society is accustomed to accepting these ideas as natural rather than understanding that our beliefs often come from the media. In recent years, Afghanistan has become the spotlight of American media, and many of us have concrete beliefs about the country without realizing they are largely determined by the news sources we view. I hypothesize that our views of the country have been negatively distorted by American media portrayal of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Through a survey of the population, I will work towards understanding the correlation between media sources and the perceptions of our surroundings. By viewing the issue of media biases from a bigger picture, I aim to denaturalize the myths associated with the region and bring awareness to biased ideologies when viewing news sources.

Claire Templeton is a first-year studying Global Studies, Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, and Public Policy. Claire enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, and learning about all things related to languages, cultures, and international relations.

Puja Nakkala, "Child-Parent Communication in Second Generation Indian Americans"

It’s especially difficult for young 2nd generation Indian-Americans to figure out where they fit in between two cultures. These individuals grow up with conflicting messages about social norms, which increases their struggle to fit in. There is a push and pull between home and school life that can vary from as little as bringing different lunches to school, to differences in aspirations for careers and relationships. This conflict also makes it harder for open and honest communication as there is a much wider gap in expectations and appropriate behavior. I researched this through in-depth interviews with teenagers ages 15-18, and found out that the biggest factors that affected openness of communication were low feelings of acceptance, the belief that their parents were unfamiliar with the social or academic culture of their life and wouldn’t understand certain things about their lives, and having different ideals and values. My solutions would be for parents to express their acceptance of their children more often and to take more time to learn about their children's and children’s peers’ social and academic life and even if they do understand, express their understanding to their children more often. This should help 2nd-generation Indian Americans to feel more connected with their parents and help establish more open and honest communication. This is really important as healthy parent-child relationships have been proven to cause better development of good personalities and improve teenagers’ social, physical, and mental health. 

Puja Nakkala is a neuroscience major and member of the class of 2025.

Jiayi Xu, "Chained Women: the Shadow of Confucianism and One Child Policy"

Recently, a disturbing video of a woman chained in a rubbish-filled, doorless hut by her husband on the outskirts of Xuzhou went rival on social media. The woman in the video, who was a victim of bride trafficking, was a Chinese mother of eight. Trafficking of women -- and teenage girls -- has been a problem in rural China for many centuries. In this lecture, differing from previous research which put an emphasis on introducing methods to combat human trafficking in China, I would like to analyze the impact of population policy and Confucian preference for male children on the bride trafficking problem in Xuzhou. Specifically, I will focus on how population policy and Confucian beliefs lead to gender imbalance with a little introduction to the history of Xuzhou. I will further discuss how the bride trafficking problem was exacerbated by gender imbalance. The scope of the study will be limited to Xuzhou.

Jiayi Xu is a first-year computer science and music major from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is passionate about digital humanity and works on projects like building a digital gazetteer of North Carolina. Since 2018, she has been involved in Huidong fishing song research with the goal of preserving and promoting local music genres. In her spare time, she plays the piano and composes acousmatic music.

Marianne Bahn and Skylar Lewis, "Histories and Practices of Incarceration in the U.S."