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    Islanesia seeks Pasifika Storytellers in/near PDX!

    Are you a Pacific Islander living in or near Portland, Oregon? Do you have a story to tell? We want to hear from you! Islanesia is putting out a call for storytellers to be part of their upcoming live series in Portland for 2018. We want to talk story with people about where their names […] More

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    Resisting the Serpent and TL;DR

    The title of this book is taken from a traditional Palauan legend known as “The Escape From the Sea Serpent of Oikuul.” The tale can be roughly narrated as follows: A man from Ngiwal kidnapped a young woman of Oikuul village in Airai and forced her to marry him. The violent man had the power to change […] More

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    The Palau Pledge presents “The Giant”

    Every inbound visitor to Palau is now required to watch this inflight short film. It tells the story of a clumsy, careless giant – representative of mass tourism at its worst – who comes to Palau, wreaking environmental damage. The local children befriend him, teaching him to be eco-aware. The film introduces passengers to the […] More

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    Census data pinpoints diversity among Utah’s Pacific Islanders

    Figures released late Wednesday from the U.S. Census Bureau shed light on the differences, showing that in 2016, more than 2,300 Micronesians — those from Folau’s home country, as well as Guam and a collection of other tiny island nations — were living in Utah. Micronesians face unique challenges in Utah: They are allowed to live […] More

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    Festivals honor API filmmakers, feature wealth of new films

    One gripping documentary about Pacific Islanders was Island Soldier. Directed by Nathan Fitch, it showcases the disproportionately high numbers of Micronesians dying in combat after joining the U.S. military. Following one family’s tragedy, the filmmakers travel from the island of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia to Afghanistan where son Sapuro is deployed.   More

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    Guam gets $14.9M in Compact Impact funding

    Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced that Guam’s 2018 share of Compact Impact funding, $14.9 million, is being provided to the government of Guam for costs associated with providing education, public health, and public safety-related services for the residents of the territory.   More

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    Guam, Palau, Marshalls among EU’s blacklisted tax havens

    Guam, American Samoa, Palau and the Marshall Islands are among the 17 tax havens blacklisted by the European Union for failure to match up to international standards for tax transparency, fair taxation and mechanisms against base erosion and profit sharing, allowing the world’s wealthiest people to conceal their assets and evade tax payments.   More

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    Pacific Talanoa: Bible misinterpreted on gender violence

    PEOPLE who quote the Bible as a rationale for gender inequality and the violence that is borne out of it, misinterpret Christian doctrine. There is a need to relook at the Bible and relearn its meanings in the context of gender dynamics. Reverent Sereima Lomaloma, the chairperson of governing board at the House of Sarah, […] More

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    Pacific Children Vulnerable To Commercial Sex

    “As the Pacific grows in visibility as a place to come and as different countries such as Thailand tighten up their prosecution, what the perpetrators do is look for where it is easy to get away with what they do. So, places like small countries in the Pacific Islands become vulnerable,” End Child Prostitution in Asian […] More

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    Guam veterans need assistance to make the case for more help

    In 2014, the Guam Veterans Affairs Office reported about 27,000 veterans, while in 2016, Veterans Affairs’ count stood at 9,933. And in another wild swing of numbers, when the Guam Veterans Affairs Office started establishing a veterans registry pursuant to Guam law, only 495 registered.   More

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    China tourism stance no harm to Palau

    In November, United Daily News reported China had banned its travel agencies from arranging visits to Palau, where Chinese tourists were more than half of its visitors last year. Although the move from China was intended to pressure Palau to cut ties with Taiwan, it’s unlikely to have any success.   More

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