A UCLA GUAM TRAVEL STUDY PROJECT - SUMMER 2019
Exploratory Research of Social Enterprises for the
Proposed Atan Tano Heritage Preserve
In Partnership with SELECT STUDENTS FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Facilitated by Professor Keith L. Camacho of the UCLA Asian American Studies Department, students will spend a summer in the U.S. territory of Guam, learn about the island’s legacy of social justice, and make positive contributions to the community. Over a period of four weeks, students will thus explore native forms of justice in the widest sense possible.
From the ecological preservation of jungle and reef habitats to the ongoing quest for indigenous Chamorro self-determination, students will receive training in and everyday exposure to the social movements of Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the wider Asia-Pacific. By way of weekly field trips to cultural landmarks, food fairs, local museums, and World War II battle sites, students will also immerse themselves in the island’s political and social landscape. Finally, students will partner with various non-profit organizations, conduct original research projects for them, and critically reflect on the multiple meanings and applications of social justice.
2019 Student Research Group
Jade Amansec (English major, Asian American Studies minor)
Nicholas Cantrell (Mathematics major)
Vinn Chow (English major, Education minor)
Tekpatl Kuauhtzin (American Indian Studies major)
A project for the Guam Preservation Trust by Jade Amansec, Vinn Chow, Nicholas Cantrell, Tekpatl Kuauhtzin. The video shows images of plant life along the 1 mile trail at Atan Tano.
How do you create sustainable development that is not only economically beneficial, but also responsive to the preservation of cultural and natural resources?
How do you encourage local communities to invest in a place like Atan Tano?
What types of businesses are appropriate?
Conduct research on different types of social enterprise here on the island, identify relevant activities in the region, maybe even globally, and provide recommendations in applying them to the context of Atan Tano.
Present study to Guam Preservation Trust officials.