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[Fall 2018] Harmony in Society: Team Fade-In

Team Name: Fade-In

Team Members: Daye Song, Minsu Kim, Jihyun Seok, Juho Lee

We focused on the concept of bringing out hidden minorities into the social light. So we decided to name ourselves “Fade-In”, which means lighting getting brighter, which is what we wanted to do to those in the darkness. The project itself will be called “fade-out”, which will be our final goal: to allow everyone to be able to blend in, without any minorities or outliers.

We’re especially focusing on the hidden minorities that people don’t usually notice or regard as minorities who need help. Types of minorities we will cover are the following: 1) Pregnant women in their early days and postpartum depression. 2) LGBT people who didn’t come out. 3) Hidden disabilities or ailments such as hand tremor, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), Addison’s disease, and angina. 4) Foreigners. 5) Color-blind people. 6) The disabled. 7) Hidden mental illnesses such as mysophobia and obsessive-compulsive neurosis. 8) Victims of domestic violence.

We are aiming to solve this issue with two-tier system. First, we would like to provide an overall guideline for producers that shows the diverse characteristics of potential consumers. Second, we would like to provide booklets to the general public, which is more in-depth than the guideline mentioned, in order to raise the correct awareness.

Fade-In would fade-in the hidden minorities (people with physical/mental/situational conditions that are willingly/unwillingly marginalized by the rest of society) so that they are known to the rest of society. Fade-out is when excessive awareness is no longer needed, as the whole of society recognize and acknowledge each other as equal individuals, and there are no longer hidden minorities.

We are especially targeting children and juveniles, and we will construct a mind-map of hidden minorities and provide manuals for people to follow when facing hidden minorities in various social settings. This semester, we focused on diabetes among students in school, and what kind of guidelines are needed so they are not marginalized in society, such as in the classrooms. We have constructed a Manual for Manuals, which can be referred to in further progress in our model.

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