Tanner Post 9- Refuge’s and Stereotypes

The Dispossessed and “The Escape” gives me a much better understanding of what Syrian Refugees are going through. The Dispossessed allows the readers to somewhat envision the tough life that many refugees are facing during their journey to a safer country. The article provides a storyline that involves real stories and incorporates comics to give the reader a different way to visualize the hardships the refugees are going through. The article expresses how refuge’s face money deficit problems, have to sleep in unwanted places, must avoid getting caught by using fraud identification, and have troubles communicating with family.

The Dispossessed also provides graphs to show the fluctuation in refugees amongst different countries. It is interesting to see where most refugees are exporting from and where they are going to, such as Lebanon. However, Lebanon can only do so much. It is extremely crucial for the sake of refuges that countries such as the U.S., Japan, and other well developed countries put more emphasis on this crisis by giving more help, aid, and even housing to these refuges.

I believe the comic does a great job of explaining the stories and the many problems that the refugees face, as well as expressing the excitement and relief of the refugees when they realize they are safe. A great example of this in the comic was when the police did not board and they were able to depart the train without any harm.

While I do think the comic does justice to the refugee situation, I believe the only thing that can provide a thorough justification of the refugee situation are people that actually went through it. The film “My Escape” does an exceptional job in providing the viewer with an explicit interpretation of what the crisis was like. There is actual footage of refuge’s experiences, because they taped their journey. Somebody actually describing what pain was like is what separates the justification between the video and the comic article. One of the men, Omar, was explaining how he originally had his life figured out, as he was a student who sought to build a life for himself and suddenly it “became a living hell”. His father had been killed and he was forced to leave the country. Omar had to trust smugglers for their safety, which would be extremely difficult to do when these people are trafficking others. It’s amazing to see life through the eyes of some of the refuges and get a better idea of how tough the journey of a refuge is. It’s a crazy fact to digest, but this man was a student like myself, and out of nowhere his father had died and he had to leave his country because of a civil war. It definitely gives me an appreciation of life and gives me a better understanding of how we need to be doing more to help.


The story of Intercultural Confrontation explains the negative perception that the Muslim Middle East and the West has towards each other. The article explains the two sides have an “idea of the “other” as an inferior rival or shadow of the “self” that has led to dehumanizing stereotypes as well as to habits of selective perception in which negative perceptions are remembered while more positive encounters are forgotten” ( Badkhen). The story goes on to explain how occurrences such as the killing of the Jews and Muslims by the Crusader army and the terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11 are primary events that continue to provoke the stereotypes one side has for the other. Something that sticks out to me is how both sides have individuals who have committed some awful things in the past, but what makes one side worse than the other? With the perspective of the opposing “side” being labeled as “the other,” both cultures are teaching each other to follow along with these negative stereotypes.

This theme is brought up in the story of Intercultural Compatibility as well, because it expresses how there is a double standard held from both the West and the Islam. Mutually respecting one another will begin to transpire if we can refrain from bringing up stories from the past and recognize that each side holds very valuable values, such as respect for learning, desire for peace, esteem for toleration, and partnership on behalf of human dignity. However, no progress will be made with the inferior view of one another if we can’t recognize each person as an indivual rather than categorizing them in a group from what someone in the past may have done.


Caryl, C. (2015). Refugees are flooding countries that can’t protect them. Will the levies break? The Dispossessed Issue. Retrieved from: https://bblearn.missouri.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-3161662-dt-content-rid-31263792_1/courses/SP2017.GERMAN.4810.01/The%20Dispossessed.pdf

Funk, N. & Said, A. (2004). Islam and the West: Narratives of Conflict and Conflict Transformation. Retrieved from: https://bblearn.missouri.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-3161661-dt-content-rid-31263465_1/courses/SP2017.GERMAN.4810.01/Funk%26Said_91IJPS.pdf


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