Alabama Public Television

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Students come face-to-face with the Vietnam War when they meet veterans and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The war is revealed through compelling stories grounded in the personal experiences of Alabama veterans and others who were touched by the Vietnam War. Student reporters conduct interviews, experience a virtual draft, visit the Memorial with a veteran, and consider the lasting effects of the war.

Episode 1: Forms of Government | The American Experiment

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The American Experiment—How does democracy differ from a monarchy or a dictatorship? Find out as the group explores the different types of world governments throughout history with the help of Representative Martha Roby.

Remembrance at the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Victoria learns about what happens to the tokens of remembrance that are left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and learns what POW and MIA stand for. She then interviews the brother of a POW to find out more about the veteran's story.

Education in Fiji

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Several students on the 2010 trip to Fiji wanted to focus on the children of Fiji. Undergraduate Anna McCown’s individual project was a study of education in Fiji. Anna noted cultural differences in the interactions between teachers and students. The primary focus of her project was the loss of indigenous knowledge due to the influences of western colonialism and the development of the educational system and curriculum in Fiji. Undergraduate Lindsay Whiteaker studied the Fijian child’s perspective, how they live, their ideas about food and social relationships. She gave children drawing assignments, and then interviewed them after completion of their drawings. Her group project was a study of Fijian music. Undergraduate Helena Corzan’s individual project was to discover cultural differences by asking children to take photographs of things they thought were beautiful, things they thought were ugly, as well as their friends, family, and their home. Her findings are surprising.

Overview of the Fiji Expedition

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The National Science Foundation developed an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) grant to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to participate in "hands-on" scientific research. University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) anthropologist, Dr. Sharyn Jones, was program leader for a two-year grant that provided funds for 18 students to participate in a summer field school based in Fiji. Nine students participated in an archaeology program in the summer of 2009. In 2010, a different group of nine students participated in a cultural anthropology and ethnohistory program.

Dr. Loretta Cormier, associate professor of anthropology at UAB, gives a detailed overview of the 2010 Fiji Expedition. This overview, coming from a cultural anthropologist's prospective, is especially insightful. Visit the UAB in Fiji website for the "Virtual Field Trip."

Fijian Folkways

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Folkways are considered any informal mores that are followed through imitation and mild social pressure but not strictly enforced or put into law. Dr. Sharyn Jones discusses some Fijian folkways as she narrates a video tour of the town of Liku, a town of about 60 people. It is the most traditional village on the island of Nayau.

Fijian Food

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Graduate student Courtney Andrews studied how Fijians are incorporating imported western foods and cooking methods into their diet, to the detriment of their health. She also speaks about her group project, a Garbology study.

Gender Roles

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Undergraduate Ben Knox was the only male expedition member and studied Fijian men and cultural differences. Part of his research concentrated on the Fijian phrase “Vaka Vanua” which roughly translates as “to resemble the land” and is a philosophical ideal of great meaning to Fijian men.

The Garbology Project

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Graduate student Mallory K. Messersmith’s group project was a Garbology study. Mallory discusses the composition of Fijian garbage and how it may be changing as Fijians purchase and use more imported western items, particularly food items.

Visiting the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Student reporter Luke visits the Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Mobile which lists 1,213 men from Alabama who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. Then Luke meets student reporter Victoria, veteran Richard Lane, and history teacher Blake Busbin at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

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