Fiji: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Noa Dau

Period: 3

Nation of your choice: Fiji

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I reason why I am choosing Fiji is because their has been a lot of activity there lately in the government. I want to know what is the most popular and most visited vacation spots in Fiji. The wildlife in this nation is like no other the exotic birds and beautiful marine life will amaze you. Other reason why selected this country is because the culture of Fiji is one of the best cultures in the world in my opinion. I also want to know more about the economy and if it is doing well at the moment. Also how the government has changed and evolved over the years.  

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Of what I know about Fiji is that they are a third world country. The history of Fiji is dark ever since they were colonized as British.Before the British had colonized the island the native people were cannibalistic and ate each other after wars were fought. And when the British tried to colonize the Fijian people wars were waged on the island. But  in the end of all the fighting ended Fiji eventually became a British colony.  

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to find out what the government is about and if they will or will not drop the union jack from the Fiji flag. I also hope to discover what wildlife can you find in the forest like the exotic bird. Also what I want to find out is the beautiful marine life and the rare fish that you can't find in other islands in the pacific. 

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Globally Fiji contributes many diverse things to the global community. Fiji's leading industry in their economy is tourism. Which is the one the most successful and most amazing places to go if you plan on going on a vacation Fiji is one of the top vacationing spots in the world. Fiji's second largest industry is in sugar cane. In Fiji there are sugar cane farms all over the place, but the flood that came in 2009 ruined most of the farms and families that farmed were devastated.But now the sugar cane industry is back up and better than ever.  

New York Times Topics: Fiji

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Noa Dau

Period: 3rd period

Title of article (in quotation marks): Qaeda Group has Released 45 Members of U.N. Force

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Ben Hubbard

Date of Publication: Sept. 11 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Forty-five members of a United Nations peacekeepers force who had been held captive for two weeks by an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Southern Syria.

Quote: Ben Hubbard argues that " the capture of the peacekeepers, all of whom are from the Pacific island nation of Fiji highlighted the dangers that the Syrian civil war poses for international organizations... The Fijians were serving in the United Nation Disengagement Observer Force".


Comment: I agree that Syrian civil war poses dangers for the international organizations in Syria a point needs emphasizing since many people believe that civil war isn't good at all and for peacekeepers to get involved in this civil war could possibly start up another issue for Southern Syria. Southern Syria had no  business what so ever capturing 45 peacekeepers they were only trying to help end the civil war in Syria. Capturing other soldiers from other countries could anger other that other countries and that would add on to the one of many problems that Syria has.   

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Noa Dau

Period: 3rd period

Title of article (in quotation marks): Floods in Fiji Leave 11 Dead; 9,000 Evacuated

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):The New York Times

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: January 14, 2009

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Being sheltered in evacuation centers as the worst flood in decades.

Quote: "The terrible flood ruined the sugar farms in Fiji as Reuters describes "Sugar farms in the west were also reported to be devastated sugar is Fiji's second major industry behind tourism"


Comment: I agree on the fact that flooding the sugar farms can damage the economy in many ways. The island is really dependent on the sugar farms to make a decent living on the island most of the farms have been totally ruined and they have to try to salvage whats left of their farms. Sugar Cane is Fiji's second largest industry behind Tourism and Vacationing. The Fiji's trade is going to be slow since the sugar cane farms aren't up and functioning. The island is dependent on this one industry the most because if there is severe flooding then the number one industry will be slowed up which is tourism. And that can put Fiji into some serious debt.  

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):As Cyclone Bore Down, Vanuatu President, Disaster Officials Left for Conference

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times  

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: March 16, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): This article was directed to the neighboring islands and other nations in the general area. The writer that published this essay was Reuters. This was also directed to the general public

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?):

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?):

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.):

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?):

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: January 14 2009

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): Audience is the general public and the people who live in the islands. This article was created by Reuters on January 14 2009. The article was written for the general public so, they  know are the aware of what is going on in the world today.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): The focus of this article is on the damage on the islands second largest industry which is Sugar Cane. And the damage that the floods created to the islands population. The message that the article is trying to send is to the people is that floods can really do damage to the local and global community.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): The tone of the writer was urgent but calm at the same time. It makes you feel worried but at the same time calm about the situation in Fiji because the tone of the writer is calm and urgent.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): The writer's style is more serious and doesn't really ask any rhetorical questions.The article does not have any sarcasm at all in it, its really straight to the point and factual. The writer states the basic facts about what has happened in the island Nation of Fiji.  

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): The article is informative and fact based. The article informs the public of what is happening in the world. And how the flood has affected the people and the economy of Fiji. It mentions one of the villages that was devastated and it was Nadi the gateway to the vacationing spots in the world.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Beautiful

2 years ago
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Hey noa, why do you think that the author of you article in your #2 "they say I say" was more serious? i enjoyed learning more about fiji thank you for enlightening me 🐘 🐖

2 years ago
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I think it is a really nice passage. You make me know more about the Fiji, like their major income and what kind of natural disaster they had. And the pictures are really beautiful.

2 years ago
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I wonder why what Fiji can do after horrific floods

2 years ago
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Hey, I really like your tackk page! It has great facts and I didn't know that Fiji depended so much on sugar farms. What do you think about this flood problem? I think you did an amazing job!!! 👍🏿👍🏿❤️❤️😘