I am from the State of Chuuk in the FSM, from the islands of Tol in the village of Wolip. I attended grade school at SDA Chuuk, high school at XHS, and received my bachelors in Political & Historical Studies at Chaminade University of Honolulu. I am currently enrolled at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' masters program. I have been a faithful employee to Deal Fair Store of Chuuk and its Honolulu affiliate, Deal Fair Hawaii for eight years.
As a member of TFB my interests are politics, the environment, social impacts, and Micronesian migrants specifically those living in Hawaii.
Chuuk High School principal Jason Reiong sits with TFB members (Charity Irons and Mae-Stephanie Narruhn) to discuss the status of CHS following the resignations of former principal Paul Hadik and vice principal Andrew Shelton.
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...
Robotics clubs at five high schools in Yap received VEX Classroom and Competition kits earlier this month, kicking off expansion of the popular Yap Robo League.
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.
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...