Multilingual Digital Storytelling
The stories of immigrant and refugee women's experiences of
violence are usually unheard. In collaboration with the Center for
Digital Storytelling, AWS launched a pilot project in 2006 with the
goal of creating a space for advocates and survivors of violence to
share their stories using the creative tools of digital imagery and
Built from the natural storytelling and oral traditions of many
Asian Pacific Islander and immigrant communities, this program is
based on the simple premise that individuals gain from making
stories and communities gain from experiencing them.
The Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project helps transcend
language barriers and bring to light the hidden and unrecognized
experiences of immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
Participants are equipped with new technical skills and a safe,
supportive environment where they can craft and share their
Participants create every aspect of their digital story and the
power of their voice helps foster awareness of violence against API
women, shape policy and inspire viewers to social
action. When developing their story, they make informed
decisions regarding confidentiality so that their message can reach
far and wide, impacting diverse audiences while also preserving
their safety and confidentiality.
Digital stories have been used in local and national trainings
for community members, advocates, law enforcement, and government