In Hawaii, discussing race and the construction of our identities is the cultural way of life. I enjoyed participating in deep, enlightening conversations about stereotypes and race almost on a daily basis. Unavoidably though, this led to some sharing negative perceptions of other people’s identities. These negative comments, in my experience, have largely been towards Micronesians-Chuukese...Read More
Island Soldier will have a different effect on different people. Some will cry, others will get angry, still more will nod quietly, thinking, "Yes, this feels familiar." At the heart of it, Island Soldier is a human story. It's the story of individuals and of the collectives they come from -- or in some cases, escape from.Read More
The film does a good job of highlighting continued problems with access to Veteran Affairs, economic dependency in the region, and a lack of opportunities. But where the film excels, is how it is able to bring to the fore the quiet stories of a mother grieving, a father waiting, a brother remembering, and a soldier dreaming...Read More
From 2005 to 2012, REPAC has shipped four containers of donated school and medical supplies to Chuuk. Two of which reached Chuuk without complications. The other two containers have basically disappeared...Read More
Three students from Yap represented the Federated States of Micronesia at an international robotics competition in Washington DC this summer. One of nearly two hundred national and regional teams competing, the Micronesian students bested seasoned squads from developed nations including the United States and France...Read More
What does Chuuk have to offer to negotiate its own compact with the United States?
Guam offered 1/3 of their island. RMI negotiated Kwajalein and a history of nuclear tests. Saipan gave up Tinian, Pagan, and Farallon de Medinilla. Palau serves as a jumping off point into Asia as the westernmost country under a compact agreement. FSM, as a four state country offers the largest strategic denial for the US military...
"Invest in alternative airlines so as to boost competition. This will in turn benefit us with cheaper prices and better services. If the airlines see that there is a demand they may add more flight times..."Read More
A dozen Micronesian students are headed to prestigious private schools this fall, thanks to Habele K-12 tuition scholarships. These students will attend the independent school of their family’s choosing...Read More
"I am leaving because the Chuuk Department of Education is actively stopping the education of children. The Department that is supposed to support schools is stripping schools of resources..."Read More
Elaborate cultural dances and seafaring canoes have made the Micronesian Islands of Yap famous, but this month it was the ultra-advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills of local students on display.Read More
TFB Micronesia had the opportunity to ask former FSM President, John Haglelgam, some questions. He answered questions about his experiences working for a nascent Micronesian government, his thoughts on Dual Citizenship, and the future of the FSM. (Editors note: We had intended for this to come out before the elections/vote and apologize for not getting this published sooner.)Read More