We’re joined by guests Shashank Avvaru and Michelle Zamanian to talk about citizenship, immigration and xenophobia in Star Trek. What does it mean to be a Federation citizen? How did Star Trek portray immigration and xenophobia and how does that relate to events in our world today?
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Hosts: Jarrah and Grace
Notes and References:
- Article on Ford’s English School “Melting Pot” ceremony at the Henry Ford Museum website.
- Star Trek and History: Race-Ing Toward a White Future by Daniel Leonard Bernardi (1998).
- Article on the “Muslim Ban” and countries of origin of 9/11 attackers.
- “Canada’s immigration history one of discrimination and exclusion” (Toronto Star)
- “Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Indian Immigrant’s Murder” (New York Times)
- “Me, Simon Tarses and the Effects of a Cold War” by Michelle Zamanian on our blog.
- Canadian Council for Refugees 2000 report on systemic discrimination in Canadian refugee and immigration policies (PDF).