Empowering via dialogue: action research in radio program on case of mandarin Chinese speaking group in Finnish social context
Lee-Setälä, Yilin (2011)
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The purpose of this project is to increase the awareness of social inclusion by facilitating open discussion forum in a radio program. The project focus is to identify barriers emerging from daily experience and to build on the unique knowledge for understanding and coping with the cross-cultural challenges. I use empowerment method and action research to look at the development phases. Dual concept, empowerment and inclusion, is the theoretical foundation. In the developmental process, I adopt the theories into practice and develop three working models in a radio interview setting. I also draw an optimal picture where the intervening point for empowering dialogue is located in the process of social inclusion. This intervening point also signifies the preventing strategy of conflicts in social context. The empirical focus is on mandarin Chinese speaking groups in Finnish social context, which limits the scope of generality of the outcomes. The project named „Empowering via dialogue‟ is part of DongXiNanPei radio program broadcasted via 100.3MHz commune radio channel and produced in KSL-radio studio which is part of services operated in Kansasiviistys Liito (KSL). The project is kicked off on 5th of March, 2011 and broadcasts every Saturday from 14.00 to 14.30 live on air for 12 episodes. In collaboration with the original mandarin Chinese program, DongXiNanPei English radio program invites both sides of people from Eastern and Western cultures to the open and neutral radio discussion forum, which carried on the structured themes with different stages of the life story and different perspectives living abroad. Each episode is 30-minutes. The project benefits from the new technology which combines with older media (radio program) and new medias (internet-based website and social media- Facebook) to reach wider coverage. The continuous development is the nature of this project. The evaluation is based on the evaluative phase model, which is adopted by concentric model, in order to develop the structured task in each phase. The result of this project is a holistic development of empowering dialogue in the radio program.