Biology, Socio-ecological Impact, and Language of the "Other"

Words matter...

In science, media, art,

and politics, 

words

evoke imagery, 

emotions, values,

and 

perceptions

of

good and evil. 

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Foreign

Eradicate

Alien

Invader

Enemy

Figure 1: Zoo Köln Eriocheir sinensis 31122014 1 bis.jpg_ by user Vassil is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

How do we address the vital conservation concerns of the Chinese mitten crab and other "invasive" species, while being mindful of demonizing language that can perpetuate stereotypes and hurt marginalized human beings?

Engage with Chinese mitten crabs through theater :

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Learn about Chinese mitten crabs & why they are called "invasive" species:

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Explore language & perception through historical and present day xenophobia:

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Celeste Mari Williams is a Seattle playwright and current graduate student of the Masters in Biology (Advanced Inquiry Program) at Miami University. (Photo by Susan Nadler).

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