Re: Hmong ERW Project
- Oh, that is an excellent idea. Kids like pictures and having it like a manga would entail not much need for words, although it may still need some explanations.
My daughter is in high school but she is a manga artist and may be able to volunteer some time to this project if you are looking for people to draw things that the young children might like. Her style is more like the Japanese manga.
--- In email@example.com, David Vosburgh <davos279@...> wrote:
> I'm the Art Director for the Children's Education Division Division of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, a California-based NGO engaged in eliminating landmines and other forms of explosive remnants of war (ERW) around the world. We're currently developing a project directed at minority children along the Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laotian borders, and I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who might be able to give us some ideas as to what they feel might, or might not, work among the various Hmong groups in the region. One of the ideas we're exploring at the moment is a purely graphic approach - no text whatsoever - perhaps along the lines of the popular Japanese-style comics (manga). This would eliminate the necessity of having to produce versions in the various local languages, along with whatever other literacy issues we might encounter along the way.
> Our first project was a full-color, 32 ppg. children's book in Vietnamese and English published in Hanoi in 2008, intended to heighten awareness of the dangers associated with unexploded ordnance in general and "hobby demining" in particular - the collection and sale of ERW to scrap dealers, which all too often has tragic consequences. In the past 18 months more than 3,000 copies of the book have been distributed free of charge to schools and children in Quang Tri Province.
> Thank you all for your time, and if anyone is interested - or knows someone who might be - please feel free to contact me via this message board, or directly at: dave.vosburgh@...