People's Republic of Bolzano
People’s Republic of Bolzano is a project that opens a public debate among the local community of Bolzano (a bilingual Italian city, half German, half Italian) on its Chinese community. Combining a statistics-based investigation, relying on official data from the local government, and a qualitative research, the project aimed at inviting citizens to discover who the members of the Chinese community living and working in the city are, and what they think of Italy and of local culture and society.
Contrary to the common belief – also spread by media – that Chinese people are “invading” the city, the project helped reveal that, while we are witnessing a small-scale migration of Chinese people to Bolzano, they are not at all creating a ghetto in the city, rather, they are integrating within it.
The project is a web based long-form journalistic enquiry (http://www.peoplesrepublicofbolzano.com/), featuring animated and interactive infographics, maps, and a series of qualitative video interviews made by an interdisciplinary team (composed by two designers, one journalist, one cultural anthropologist and one developer).
People’s Republic of Bolzano has been published in English in January 2015, it has been awarded with the Data Journalism Award 2015 at the Global Editors Network Summit in Barcelona. You can read a more detailed case study on the book ”Data Journalism: Inside the global future” (Pub. Abramis, Oct. 2015, ISBN 978-1845496630)