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Postcards from Buster; Among The Hmong: Madison, WI



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Postcards from Buster
Among The Hmong: Madison, WI
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Buster, one of the most popular characters on ARTHUR will accompany his airline pilot father as he flies the fictional Latin rock group Los Viajeros on a concert tour of the United States, with forays into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Buster will stay in touch with his friends back home via a small, hand-held digital video camera. These first-person video "postcards" will be in the form of live-action, P.O.V.-style footage of the places visited in the show. Narrated by Buster, they are woven seamlessly into each animated story. "It's important for children to experience cultures different from their own," says WGBH executive producer Carol Greenwald. "Putting Buster on the road and immersing him in real-life settings via the live-action 'postcards' is a perfect vehicle to teach children about the rich and complex cultural life that exists across America." Series release date: 2004

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At a Southeast Asian festival, Buster meets Diana, Caitlin, and Rosie, who share the same last name and Hmong heritage—AND they all live on the same street! Buster cheers on the girls in a traditional dance competition, and joins in on a family barbecue that includes Hmong foods and one of Buster's favorites, hot dogs.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: : Children will gain some understanding of the Hmong community in Madison. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and the experiences of Hmong children and families. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to exchange greetings and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to family, food, and parts of the body.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Among The Hmong: Madison, WI,” 10/15/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C55F8F51CB67450887CEBC3C04AFC44D.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Among The Hmong: Madison, WI.” 10/15/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C55F8F51CB67450887CEBC3C04AFC44D>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Among The Hmong: Madison, WI. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C55F8F51CB67450887CEBC3C04AFC44D
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