An ethnic group presentation is an educational format designed to enable individuals to learn about the history, culture, and experiences of different ethnic groups It usually focuses on a particular group of people who share similar characteristics such as nationality, race, language, and religion. Typically, the presenter will use visuals such as photographs, artwork, maps, and other artifacts to illustrate the ethnicity and its various aspects. The presentation allows the audience to gain a deeper understanding of the group’s history, culture, and struggles. In addition to being informative, such presentations can also be an opportunity for the presenter to highlight potential problems faced by the ethnic group and the need for greater understanding and acceptance.
Example 1: Native Americans. A presentation about the history and culture of Native Americans could include information about the pre-Columbian period, the impact of colonization, and the continued resilience of modern Native Americans. Visuals can range from historic photos to drawings of tribal artwork. For example, a presenter could show photos of tribal leaders, explain why they are revered, and discuss how Native Americans have faced systematic racism and imperialism over the years.
Example 2: African Americans. A presentation about African American history and culture could cover the centuries-long struggle for civil rights and the key figures who have fought for justice. In the visuals, the presenter could display images of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and other leaders of the civil rights movement, as well as statistics that demonstrate the inequities faced by African Americans in modern society. They could also discuss the rapid cultural and economic changes experienced by the African American community in recent decades.
Example 3: Asian Americans. A presentation about Asian American culture could include information about the different ethnic groups that make up the population, the contributions made by Asian Americans during World War II, and the ongoing challenges faced by many Asian communities. Visuals could feature photos of key figures like Bruce Lee and Anna May Wong, as well as images of the different traditional customs and beliefs held by various Asian cultures.
Example 4: Latinx Americans. A Latinx American presentation could explore the history of oppression and exploitation faced by the community, as well as the cultural contributions of Latinx Americans to both their home countries and the United States. The presenter could also talk about the recent rise in activism around social justice issues, such as immigration and environmentalism. Visuals could feature art by Latinx artists and/or photos of Latinx activists.
Example 5: Indian Americans. An Indian American presentation could discuss the unique cultural customs of the community and the contributions of Indian Americans to the United States, including in science and technology. The presenter could talk about the different generations of Indian immigrants who have come to the US and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. Visuals could include artwork from India, photos of Indian Americans in the US, and examples of the tech industry’s successes.