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World; Welcome to Yap


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Welcome to Yap
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

The small island of Yap is a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, known as Micronesia, a possession given to the United States as a "Strategic Trust" by the United Nations after World War II. Thirty-two years later, the United States has created a group of island welfare states where the people are abandoning their culture and turning to American values and institutions. The trusteeship was scheduled to end in 1981, and at the time of this program, the island-state of Yap was negotiating with the US what their future political relationship would be. Program uses the newly installed Yap television system as its window on the society.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Welcome to Yap,” 01/06/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_064175FEEB284BE7AE054E432F9ECF34.
MLA: “World; Welcome to Yap.” 01/06/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_064175FEEB284BE7AE054E432F9ECF34>.
APA: World; Welcome to Yap. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_064175FEEB284BE7AE054E432F9ECF34
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