Racial Tension in Micronesia (Solutions)

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Racial Tension in Micronesia
Research Paper
11/21/11
SW110
Professor Natividad
By: Team Fried Rice (Diverse but mixes well in one dish)
Group Members:
Melissa Pillias
Kevin Alegre
Chieriel Desaminto
Rensy Masang
Dante Dodd

Micronesia is defined as a region of the Western Pacific Ocean, located north of Australia and East of south East Asia, which includes the Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall Island groups and Kiribati. As it may define Guam as a part of Micronesia, others have seemed to overlook the bigger picture, being brushed upon the illusion of an independent island superior to the islands associated with Guam. Living on a small island inhabited by a variety of other islanders takes immense cooperation and toleration to maintain peace with each other. Culturally, islanders are regarded as people of respect, but when a larger culture who’s basic principles revolve individualistic and liberal that’s when tension sets in causing social problems both inter- and intra-racially. Recognizing how such racial tension arose and understanding the many opinions, beliefs and experiences will give deeper comprehension to where the problem can be realized upon and maybe given the opportunity to make a lasting effect on intra-racial tension which in part plays towards the bigger role of inter-racial tension by taking affirmative action on such issues that cause such conflict amongst the diverse ethnic groups in the region of Micronesia.

When talking about “racial” content, people often mean of, relating to, or based on a race. By the definition of tension it means a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groups. With the two combined it makes for an extreme societal problem. Guam is one of the best examples when it comes down to racial tension being a social problem. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Guam is primarily made up of 37.1% Chamorro; 26.3% Filipino; 11.3% Pacific Islanders/ Other; 6.9% white; 6.3% Asian and other Ethnic origin/ race 2.3%. These groups make up 159,358 people, the Total of Guam’s Population as of 2010. With the variety of culture on a small island approximately 549 sq. km; confrontation and tension is inevitable. This is looking at all variations of ethnic groups on Guam. With Guam being a minute island with clusters of diverse cultures in every community, the thought of smooth ethnic interactions amongst the majority would be almost unheard of. There are some factors that play into why Inter-racial tension, especially on Guam, is high. One main factor that is perceptible is the incomplete acculturation to the Western Culture. For some islanders; adapting can be second nature, but for the many that fall short become a nuisance to the predominant culture, which in turn, alters from being an inter-racial into an intra-racial social problem.

Due to the strong cultural heritage on Guam, differences in practices amongst the population make embracing or allowing practical views problematic. People always seem to give their full attention to one side of an issue and never to the other side of it. The other side to racial tension is where the same race clashes with each other causing an intra-racial social problem. There are many factors that contribute to this problem. A major contribution is when the home environment promotes it. Another contribution to this problem is when an individual has acculturated the predominant culture and rejects their own culture; Often times the individual cuts the ties that link them to their race. With all the gathered information that has been done through research and interviews, the information were then compiled into groups and alternative solutions to solve the social issue. The issue has been pointed out in the beginning of the paper that racial tension on Guam has become an epic social issue throughout the islands of Micronesia. Steps...
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