Tragedy to Triumph: Utilizing a Graphic Novel and Instructional Design to Sustain the Culture, Heritage and Resilience of a Community

Abstract

Arts, design and education can powerfully combine to create relevant and impactful place- and community-based educational resources that engage interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. This study will discuss the multiple setbacks, including COVID-19 upon a community, and explores how an original graphic novel about a 19th century labor advocate is utilized to educate and promulgate the heritage, culture and resilience of the area. The Hāmākua Coast of Hawaiʻi island has a long history of migration from Asia and Europe since the 18th century. Workers from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Portugal were recruited for the numerous sugarcane plantations. However, the once thriving region has been impacted economically and emotionally with the demise of the sugar industry, highway infrastructure, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Community organizations pivoted and addressed food security. The community also came together in resiliency when it honored the legacy of Katsu Goto in 1994, building a memorial, and annually commemorating him as an early champion of labor, not a victim of racism and oppression when he was lynched and hung in 1889 for his advocacy of plantation laborers. This qualitative study reveals the instructional design of utilizing a graphic novel about Goto to create an educational module with the aim of creating important connections and a sense of place, pride, and healing for a community experiencing adversity. An instructional design model guided five instructors with the module design and a motivational model provides the framework to analyze the data collected. This study is intended to contribute to sustaining the heritage, culture and resilience of the region and give insight to others.



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Patsy Iwasaki, University of Hawaii at Hilo, United States

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Conference: ECADE2022
Stream: Art and Design Education for Cultural Sustainability

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To cite this article:
Iwasaki P. (2022) Tragedy to Triumph: Utilizing a Graphic Novel and Instructional Design to Sustain the Culture, Heritage and Resilience of a Community ISSN: 2758-0989 – The European Conference on Arts, Design & Education 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.26
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2758-0989.2022.26


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