So, Yi-Wen, please tell us more about Bravetalk. What is the backstory of the concept and this conference?
– Firearm-related violence has been an increasingly important topic in Swedish politics during the past years. Unfortunately, this topic is often deeply connected to immigration, integration, and other societal issues. I see so much concern and sadly, hatred in the society due to violence and instability. Sweden has a great reputation on its exemplary social welfare which attracts many to come here and seek protection as well as better life chances. I came here as an international student to pursue my dream studies because I believe in the opportunities and possibilities that I have here, and I am certain that many newcomers believe in the same thing before they come here.
– However, reality sometimes turns out to be quite disappointing. It is evident that the root to many of the societal issues all comes down to poor immigration and integration policies. Sweden often praises its efforts to achieve a multicultural and anti-racist society, yet in reality many still struggle in a lot of ways due to their ethnicity which, can unfortunately, lead to societal issues like segregation and marginalization. Sadly, violence usually occurs in those marginalized areas that we nowadays call ‘ghettos’ and ‘no-go zones’ because of poverty and many other complex reasons.