Asia Pacific Collage

In Asia Pacific Collage students use photographs to show how international trade influences their lives and can be seen in what friends and families produce; what they eat, consume, or use; how they play or work; and how they interact with each other as well as the environment around them.


SDN 2 Birayang, Batang Alai Selatan, Barabai, South Kalimantan, Indonesia


These photos, as seen through the eyes of elementary school students, tell the story of globalization’s influence on how people play, live, and stay in touch in this part of Indonesian Borneo.




Edgewood Elementary School, Scarsdale, New York, USA


Young people in this modern-day village just outside New York City connect with the world in their daily routines–reading, making music, doing craft, practicing physical arts and sports, and (everyone’s favorite) eating!



Wanquan Road Primary School, Heping District, Tianjin, China


One young student is off to a start earning his own money by submitting articles to the newspaper. Meanwhile, his entrepreneurial classmates take to the city streets to get inspiration for their own future enterprises that will introduce Chinese culture to the world.



H.R. Walker Elementary School, Canton, Ohio, USA


Students use maps, Lego blocks, and grocery store goods to understand the mechanisms of international trade, and how it carves a direct trail to their lunchbox.




Los Amigos High School, Fountain Valley, California, USA


The English Language Development (ELD) program at Los Amigos High School comprises of students who are recent immigrants to the United States, and ELD helps these students develop their speaking, writing, and comprehension skills with a goal of bringing learners to mainstream literacy more quickly. These students chose to do the Asia Pacific Collage project because they wanted to be exposed to international issues of free trade, global and environmental awareness at their language skills level.


Pesantren Teungku Chiek Oemar Diyan, Aceh Besar, Indonesia


Students at this Islamic boarding school show how globalization is reflected in the workplace, in stores, on the streets, and even at weddings in this Indonesian town.




Faircrest Memorial Middle School, Canton, Ohio, USA


This pictorial shows how a Mid-western town is part of a global matrix of trade, both in what it consumes and produces.





Central Primary School, Nankai District, Tianjin, China


These third and fourth graders share photo essays that examine how international trade, currency exchange, tourism, and daily consumption connect them to the world.




Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


These students discover that the origins of the products and services in their lives–from shoes to fruit and even services as basic as mail delivery–link them to lands and people faraway from their little corner of the United States.


Anuban Phaisali School, Phaisali District, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand


Twin strands of tradition and innovation are side by side at the temple and in the market, as well as in the hands of the young and the elderly. Technology and internationial trade influence the scene on the streets and even the skyline of this provincial capital of Nakhon Sawan.



Central Primary School, Hexi District, Tianjin, China


These fifth graders share their favorite things–Hello Kitty, Disney-themed toys, imported chocolates, and Coca Cola–and recall their memorable shopping experiences.




Crystal Primary School, Hexi District, Tianjin, China


Teams of students spotlight various aspects international connections–from the food they eat, the places they travel to, and the businesses in their community–that link their port city to other parts of the world.




Ewa Elementary School, Ewa, Hawai‘i, USA


Slip into the shoes of these elementary students and take a walk through their day.  See the foods they eat, how they spend their days, and what makes them, their families, and their communities special.




Huaxia Weilai Primary School, Heping District, Tianjin, China


Elementary students from this Chinese coastal city gather their images showing work and leisure as well as traditional and modern marketplaces in different provinces to show how past is linked to the present, and communities in China are connected to each other, and to the world.



Manchester GATE Elementary School, Fresno, California, USA


As the largest exporter of produce worldwide, San Joaquim Valley is California’s breadbasket of the world.  It is also a place where people of diverse cultures and ethnicities have settled, and the students at Manchester Gates showcase their diversity as well as the ins and outs of international trade in their community.



Link to other Open Channels exchanges:

Take Ten

Going Green

Shape Your Own APEC Agenda