at the rim: towards a truly pacific Pacfic

He Wahī Paʻakai: A Package of Salt

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adjective / pa .Ÿ cif Ÿ. ic

a: tending to lesson conflict: conciliatory
b: rejecting the use of force as an instrument of policy

a: having a soothing appearance or effect
b: mild of temper

capitalized: of, relating to, bordering on, or situated near the Pacific Ocean

noun / rim Ÿ. pac

a: tending to increase conflict: not conciliatory
b: using force as an instrument of policy

a: having a destructive, demeaning, demoralizing appearance or effect
b: violent in temper

capitalized: of, relating to, or in reference to the Rim of the Pacific exercise

a: in 2018, war games involving 26 nations, 25,000 personnel, 18 countries, 47 ships, 5 submarines, and more than 200 aircraft
b: war games bringing gunnery, live-fire events, missile shots, and naval strikes to Hawaiian lands and waters
c: war games said…

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Directions…and also Pacific Reading PDFs Update (2/24/2018)

This is a new folder that’s all about literature in the Pacific! Whether that be poems, essays, or stories I have gathered these from a Literature in the Pacific course. I only included a small amount but more will be on the way.

Literature Subfolder

Here is the list of the readings in the subfolder

  • Christian Citizens: Women and Negotiations of Modernity in Vanuatu by Bronwen Douglas
  • The Micronesian Question by Emelihter Kihleng
  • Fa’afafine Notes: On Tagaloa, Jesus, and Nafanua by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
  • Clouds and Water by John Pule
  • Women Writing Oceania by Caroline Sinavaiana and J. Kehaulani Kauanui

Link to Pacific Reading (overall folder)

Happy reading!

Pacific Reading PDFs Update (12/20/16)


These docs are under the History of the Pre-Colonial Pacific subfolder

Readings that are bold are my personal favorites. Happy reading!!

  • New England Missionary Wives, Hawaiian Women and ‘The Cult of True Womanhood” by Patricia Grimshaw
  • The Postmodern Legacy of a Premodern Warrior Goddess in Modern Samoa by Malama Meleisea
  • Tuku Whenua and Land Sale in New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century by Margaret Mutu
  • Aupuni (From Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Monarchy to 1887) by Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio
  • Scholarship from a Lazy Native by Teresia K. Teaiwa
  • Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body by Albert Wendt
  • Possessing Tahiti by Greg Dening
  • The Past Before Us by Nehe Dewes
  • Simply Chamorro: Telling Tales of Demise and Survival in Guam by Vicente M. Diaz
  • The Other One-Third of the Globe by Ben Finney
  • Beyond “the English Method of Tattooing”: Decentering the Practice of History in Oceania by David Hanlon
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Imperialism by Vilsoni Hereniko
  • My Musket, My Missionary, and My Mana by Pat Hohepa
  • Desire, Difference and Disease: Sexual and Veneral Exchanges on Cook’s Voyages in the Pacific by Margaret Jolly
  • ‘I Search for the Channel Made Fragrant by The Maile’: Genealogies of Discontent and Hope by Ty Tengan and Lamaku Roy

Here are the past Pacific Reading PDFs posts

Not all Pacific Islanders are Hawaiian: Let’s Talk about Micronesia

Dear Dad

Dear Readers,

My mother, Andonia Phillip, wasn’t there to hear me out when I spoke at Willamette University proudly talked about my home country, because she had to work. So I decided, I would blog the whole entire speech just for her. She’s my biggest supporter on this journey. Happy Mother’s Day Mom.

But before I continue on, I would like to thank Jacky Leung, the person behind the event “Not all Pacific Islanders are Hawaiian.” Jacky, if you’re reading this, I just want to say thank you so much for putting together an event on your school campus where not many know about the Pacific Islands, and my big appreciation to you for creating this event and specifically acknowledge Micronesia. Kinisou Chapur as I say Thank You in my native tongue.

Here we go: DSC_2059

“Where the heck is Micronesia?” I get that question a lot.

Besides the beautiful Micronesian…

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100 Healing Rituals for Chamorros Suffering from Homesickness and Diaspora

Everything on this list is vital and on point that I might have to print this out

Craig Santos Perez

This poem is dedicated to every Chamorro child whose left our islands because their parents decided to migrate. This is for every Chamorro who migrated because they lost their job, their land, their house, their faith that things would get better for them. This is for every Chamorro who migrated because they were drafted and/or enlisted into the military. This is for every Chamorro family who moved from base to base because family is just as important as geography. This is for every Chamorro who is deployed far away from their family, may you return home safely and be re-united soon. This is for every Chamorro who migrated for health care, who left because they couldn’t afford to keep traveling back and forth for treatment. This is for every Chamorro who migrated for college, who returned home for the holidays, who excitedly waited for graduation to return home to their…

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