Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Build a Story World
Thresholds of Immigration
This includes two separate layers of thresholds. First is the sense of a new arrival. Will the journey chosen to find shelter bring death or freedom? Then later begins the journey of “non-acceptance/ acceptance, understood/not understood” in social mores and customs.
As I’ve shared in a previous blog, an excellent example of a cross-cultural situation can be found in the movie Green Dragon. One poignant scene occurs with a young woman frantic to get some milk for her baby who cannot digest the American version. The baby needs sugar added. A leader in her community is refusing, in a misguided perception that they still need to ration, so in his mind he is being responsible. When one of the cooks gets a translation of the difficulty he makes it clear they can have as much as they need. Both refugees are stunned. But their reactions are very different. The woman is grateful and relieved while the leader is miffed with a perception that the young cook has interfered with his authority.
1. Put your character in a situation where she either dreams, or actually experiences, a refugee relocation. It can be either by war, or natural disaster, or a long term camping trip for someone who has never camped before.
2. What is the first thing she does to give her space a personal focus? Or how does she resist?
Share: Give an example of a serious misunderstanding and another that is humorous.