A recent presentation highlighted the opportunity for more meaningful dialogue between Guamanians and Chuukese migrants.
As regional migration continues, our island community should discuss ways to help Chuukese migrants adjust to life on Guam.
During the ninth Micronesia Area Research Center 2018 seminar series last week at the University of Guam, Ansito Walter gave valuable insights into the Chuukese culture. Walter, a former governor of Chuuk, is an associate professor of public administration at UOG.
Walter described the core values of the Chuukese community. Those values are “ekichu” (unity of thoughts), “tipechu” (unity of hearts), “angechu” (unity of deeds) and “non pungiro fonu” (humility and integrity).
These insights not only deepen understanding of but also dispel stereotypes about Chuukese people.
It’s important to develop a deeper understanding of the migrants who are living and raising families here, especially at this time. There is rising public concern over the crimes committed by Chuukese men.
As Walter noted, these incidents are contrary to the core values of the Chuukese community. “That is not the Chuukese spirit,” he said.
We hope to hear more from Walter, who can help bring Chuukese migrants and Guamanians closer.
However, Walter should not be the only voice of the Chuukese community on Guam. Chuukese elders should be more active in advising their community of laws and social norms on Guam, especially those that are different from what they are used to.
In addition, Chuukese elders can do more to guide the younger generation. They can work more closely with children and adolescents who are having difficulty transitioning to the U.S. educational system. They can mentor at-risk youths and serve as positive role models.
At the same time, our community can do its part to help bridge the cultural gap.
We hope to see more programs and services that support Chuukese migrants as they face challenges – whether at home, school or work.
Walter made a good point that the church can be an effective facilitator for dialogue because religion is a part of Chuukese culture.
In these ways, we all can help create a bridge to success that will benefit everyone who calls Guam home.
Source: Google News : https://www.postguam.com/forum/editorial/let-s-continue-to-discuss-ways-to-bridge-cultural-gap/article_466af662-eedb-11e8-958b-43ea3e8a5d13.html