Gender in Micronesia

The Field Lab will occur in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 12th. This lab will involve a day-long visit in which we will learn about multicultural views on gender, as experienced through the different Polynesian cultures of New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, and Rapa Nui. We will travel to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where we will meet with our guide, experientially learn by taking part in different hands-on exercises, enjoy a barbecue buffet, and reflect about gender differences during our return to the ship.

Academic Objectives:
1. Examine gender similarities and differences across the varied micronesian countries
2. Learn firsthand by observing gender practices that vary according to culture by viewing demonstrations, engaging in cultural skills and gendered practices, and hear talks and performances by the different men and women from Micronesian countries
3. Reflect on how these gendered practices are similar and different to students own cultures, and the societal and genetic origins of such gender differences