#OceaniaConnects meets the Young Chamorro Activists fighting for an Independent Guåhan.
Pacific Island leaders address the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN. Stay tuned -- we plan to interview one Pacific Island group who traveled there to advocate for independence!
A wrap up of the historic event marked by members of the community from across the Bay Area. View the full guide at https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/criticalpistudies/welcome
Individual speeches are available to view below.
Terisa Siagatonu is an award winning poet, arts educator, community organizer, and mental health advocate born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her poetry has granted her opportunities to perform in places ranging from the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris to The White House. A recipient of President Obama's Champions of Change Award for her activism as a poet/organizer in the Pacific Islander community, Terisa’s writing blends the personal with the political in a way that calls for healing.
*Remarks read by Thomas Mangloña.
Craig Santos Perez is a Chamorro from Mongmong, Guahan. He is the author of four collections of poetry and the co-editor of three anthologies of Pacific literature. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, and he currently works as an associate professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa, where he teaches in the English department and is an affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.
Dr. David Ga’oupu Matthew Palaita, Ph.D., known to our Pacific communities as “Vika” is a graduate of Waipahu High School in Waipahu, HI. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Comparative Ethnic Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Palaita and his VASA students have single-handedly changed and expanded the field of Pacific Islands Studies.
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