"Making Sense of Micronesia..." - Francis X. Hezel, SJMarch 19, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Hilo Campus, Campus Center 301
Who are these Micronesians in Hawaii? Why are they here? Why do Micronesian women and youth seem so silent? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? What does a smile mean to an islander? What might a sudden lapse into silence signify? Why are they so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but seem guarded or event absent from school functions? These questions are common in encounters with an unfamiliar Pacific Island culture. This talk is intended for Americans who find themselves in contact with Micronesians — as teachers, social workers, health-care providers, or simply as friends—and are puzzled by their island ways. It is for anyone struggling to make sense of cultural exchanges they don’t quite understand.
Pacific Islander Student Center, Hilo Campus
Vidalino Raatior, 808-932-7718, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pisc/programs/pacificspeakers.php