ABOUT 'Sixty-Three years later'
In July 2017, I began an internship with Oregon Public Broadcasting with the goal to create a digital project about the Vietnam War under the umbrella of the Ken Burns PBS Documentary on the Vietnam War. The project is an interactive website that looks into the local community of Oregon and its ties to Vietnam. We covered stories about veterans, protestors and refugees and provided a small glimpse into Vietnam in 2017 through the use of photo-galleries and videos, the product of a two-week trip to Vietnam in September 2017 . We also also displayed an exhibit with photos and an interactive screen, as shown below. To further launch the project, we collaborated with OPB to host a live-screening and event with a panel moderated by Steve Beda, a historian and professor at the University of Oregon.
On the second floor of Allen Hall (The University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication), a space complete with an interactive screen, question board and framed photographs was set up. The video on the left shows the interactive screen and image on the right shows the frames.
The goal of the exhibit was to encourage interaction between viewers and the content. By the act of physically writing experiences, thoughts and opinions on a board, viewers ignited their own curiosity, an immersive way to bring the Vietnam war into daily consciousness..
During our time at Oregon Public Broadcasting, we were able to secure an interview with documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, whose 18-hour series aired in September 2017. Following the completion of the digital project, OPB collaborated with us to host a screening and panel featuring former veterans, refugees and professors to discuss the larger implications of the war in relation to present-day American democracy.