Student: Ghialana Borges

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Throughout the course you will be collecting material and writing for a 15-page research paper that either visually or narratively maps a particular place of significance to you and that will in some way help you with the future work you envision for yourself. You will be designing a map that helps you to tell the multiple stories of this place. This means that when you design your map, you need to find ways to show these different layers of stories that are connected to particular sites on your map. You can hand draw or paint your map (murals as maps or art as maps), you can include little booklets that are numbered according to the sites you discuss, or you can try to design other innovate ways to communicate to your audience the significance of the place you are describing. You can also make a map video where you include interviews with people or oral recordings of the mo‘olelo.

For your three-page project proposal, I would like to see an initial bibliography of at least five entries and a description of how you will map your place. You can provide a mock-up of a map if possible, or a description of what you would like to do.

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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Upper Divison English, clip 14 of 14
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Borges, Ghialana ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Definitely for Writing Intensives, choose classes that you're going to be interested in, because this class didn't even feel like a Writing Intensive... It doesn't feel like you're writing a lot when you're passionate about it and you're interested and when you love what you're writing. Writing Intensives can be grueling when you don't like what you're writing about and you're just doing it for a credit. I think the instructor, too, has to do with your wanting to do good in class, so that too is a factor when you're taking Writing Intensives.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Upper Divison English, clip 13 of 14
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Borges, Ghialana ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Hiʻiaka is Pele's... favorite sister, but they fought like... family... They fought like crazy, but Pele referred to Hiʻiakaikapoliopele as her favorite sister. [Her name] actually meaning Hiʻiaka in the bosom of Pele, so it was like the sister, her youngest sister, that was closest to Pele. Pele is renowned. She's the goddess of Kīlauea on Hawaiʻi Island. They came from Tahiti or Kahiki, traveled here [to Hawaiʻi]. So Pele sets Hiʻiaka out on a journey to fetch [Pele's] husband, Lohiʻau on Kauaʻi. So this is the epic tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele where she journeys to Kauaʻi and back that I researched and used for my project... In 2010, I think, that's when the first windmill, the wind farm, was constructed in Kahuku, and that kind of sparked my interest when our electricity bills weren't going down and when farmers were evicted from the land... I heard about the wind farms on Lānaʻi, which all of the electricity is transported to Oʻahu, to Waikīkī, so I just thought that was total exploitation of land. So when these windmills were constructed, it just raised red flags, and I was like where's this power going? We're still paying a lot for electricity. It's farmland, so it's arable land that are being used for these industrial machines, so it just sparked interest in me, and that's when I started the Kahuku project of the windmills. And then it's just so relevant too, when I took this class, because they're in talks right now. Developers are trying to develop more wind farms.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Upper Divison English, clip 12 of 14
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Borges, Ghialana ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [Referring to a page of the text for Asian Settler Colonialism featuring photos of two people, GB points to the one on the left] This is Stan Tomita, my photography professor. So another way in which everything ties together, I mean it's so cool... Candace's work on Asian settler colonialism... This was an art project they did pertaining to that. Also, Kapulani Landgraf, a Native Hawaiian photographer that I really look up to and love her work... Her work is in this book as well, her ʻaipōhaku series. She photographs different heiau and different sacred places of significance that have either been destroyed or been developed over... So super cool stuff. All stuff that interconnects to everything.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Upper Divison English, clip 11 of 14
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Borges, Ghialana ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Yes, [the course] definitely will [stay with me]. The whole experience of this semester and the process that I went through definitely will remain with me. Everything that I learned I think is very valuable.
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    Student interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Upper Divison English, clip 10 of 14
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Borges, Ghialana ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [I plan on] remaining here [and going back to Kahuku]... That's the reason I didn't go away for college. I just love Hawaiʻi.