Green Wheel Food Hub (GWFH) launches its EBT/SNAP benefit program at the Wahiawa Farmers Market to provide affordable local produce to local residents! Everything looked so 'ono-licious! Special thanks to the Wahiawa Farmers' Market community: Jackie Akuna, Dan Nakasone, Marcus Oshiro; to GWFH Lisa Asagi, Gina Snyder and Kasha Ho; and to R3IMAGE director Maria Plottier, interviewer Annie Koh, camera Henry Mochida, and editor Brooks Infante. We hope you enjoy this short piece!
This is the story of Hanoi, an ancient city in the midst of its 1,000th anniversary as the capital of Vietnam. Every morning Hanoians from across the city gather at Thong Nhat Park for exercise, chatting and ballroom dancing, but as the city at its millennium opens to a new era of global investment, the park has become a target for commercial development that threatens the conviviality of city life.
In 2010 Hanoi celebrates 1,000 years as the capital city of Vietnam. “Dancing in the Park” is a metaphor for the vitality of the city through time that is manifested in the social life created by Hanoians in public spaces. Every morning from 6-8 a.m. before it is officially opened for the day, Thong Nhat Park fills with people of all ages coming to exercise, play sports, walk and jog, sit and chat – and join with friends and strangers alike for ballroom dancing. Each activity is self-organized and often includes the setting up of equipment, providing music and leadership by self-appointed and popularly selected mentors. While open to all, each activity has rules for cooperative engagement that serve to create an organized tapestry of social encounters across the park. Built by the people themselves after the liberation of Hanoi from colonial rule, Thong Nhat Park has an exceptionally potent meaning to the people of Hanoi as a collectively owned public space. However, with the opening of Vietnam to the world economy from the late 1980s, the park has experienced repeated attempts to commercialize it, first as a privately-owned amusement park and, most recently, with the ground digging for a 5-star hotel. The film shows how park users create social activities and how view the importance of the park in their lives. It also follows how NGOs and journalists in Hanoi have mobilized Hanoians to save the park from privatization.
After the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan the potter craft-community suffered tremendous damage that destroyed many historic noborigama kilns and shattered thousands of ceramics. The craft lifestyle, already threatened in the machine-age, faced near destruction from the ensuing earthquake. With the potters abilities to practice and have a livelihood in peril, the potters had but one choice, to come together to help rebuild their craft lifestyle. Akio Nukaga, one such potter in Kasama, Japan spearheads the Save Kasama Potters movement to bring potters together to rebuild and rejuvenate Kasama and its rich ceramic-making heritage.
This film is part of a series and research project in urban planning to celebrate spaces of hope, we hope you enjoy and share the film!
TRT: 25 minutes
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What is an indigenous economy? Hawaiʻi Loa Kū Kākou formed to answer this question not in words but in a 64 foot long, 10 foot high mural created in just 7 days at the Convention Center where Honolulu’s hosting of APEC 2011 was about to begin. Mentor-artists Shad and Kai embark on the journey of painting the mural with 17 students and 8 other mentors and master Hawaiian artists working together to connect people to Hawaiian culture through art.