This is my significant object; a Toy Dog Tag made to advertise the film series Rambo.
- Question: What is the story of your object? Why is it significant?
Around 10 years ago, while my family was residing in South Korea, I was looking through my Grandmother’s stuff, looking for something interesting. After a while of searching, my 4-year-old self found this necklace. Not knowing what it said, or English at that, I thought it looked cool. I mean it was shiny (at the time), and had cool text on it, what could a 4-year-old not like? So I asked my Grandma if I could keep it, she let me have it. A while later, my family had scheduled to move to Canada. Wanting to leave something behind, I gave the Rambo tag back to my Grandmother as something to remember me by. 6 years later, when I visited Korea again, my Grandma gave it back to me. And then it became significant to me. Serving as a token from the past, linking two moments of time – for me and my Grandma.
- What type of source is this?
This is a Primary source that was present, and the main object, for the events that took place in the story behind it.
- Who created it? When and where was it produced?
Honestly, I didn’t even know what the text on this tag meant before a few days ago when I searched it up before sharing it in the class. After a quick search on google, I learned that this was merchandise for a film series called Rambo, which sold during the 1980’s.
- Context: What other events were happening when the source was created? How might they have influenced this source?
At the time I found this object, my family was moving to Canada. If it were not for this, and the fact that it was given back and forth from me to my Grandma, this object would have had zero significance to me. But because it was given back and forth over such a large period of time, and distance, it holds significance.
- Description: What do you notice that is important about this source? What is interesting, what can’t you explain?
Reflecting over this object more carefully, I notice that the true significance isn’t in the object. The true significance lies in what this object symbolizes. To me, that meaning is a memento which reminds me that things will keep on being. Even if I’m not there. Something interesting and unexplainable to me is where did my Grandma get this? Why was it in a drawer? And finally, how did she keep it safe for around 6 years?
- Inferences about Perspectives:
Inference 1: I can assume that this Toy Dog Tag was originally purchased (maybe not by my Grandmother) by a fan of the Hollywood Rambo Series.
Inference 2: I can assume that my Grandmother either lost interest in Rambo, received the Tag from someone else, or found it as a lost item herself, since she had it in her drawer and gave it to me.
- Inferences about Inquiry Question: What can you learn form examining this source? Does it help you answer your inquiry question? Does it confirm, extend, or contradict, what you know? Does it not tell you?
After examining this source, I learned that it is merchandise advertising under the Hollywood film series Rambo. And it helps answer my question by representing that this story has taken over a long period of time. Additionally, the weathering it has been through, due to exposure, also reinforces this thought. It extends what I know by constantly reminding me about the past. The story behind it, and the many things that happened.
- What further questions do you have?
The only question I have is ‘What has this item been through before I had ownership of it?’. But thankfully, I will have a chance to know a little more about it this spring break, when I will visit Korea. Hopefully my Grandma will still remember…