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  1. Hello Shino,
    Thank you for your introduction and thanks for breaking down the island’s different decolonization option. I look forward to your future posts.
    btw great shirt


  2. Hello Raymond,

    Nice to meet you! I am Rosario Perez. I have heard many things (good) about you! I am glad to meet you and especially through this class. For that, I am excited to hear a lot from you.

    I agree that Guam is in a state of misunderstanding. I also agree that the importance of decolonization is crucial for all people who call Guam home.

    I especially appreciate your view of decolonization enlightening the mind and breaking away from the dominant viewpoint. Much love for that view.

    I truly commend you for recognizing the importance of putting aside our biases when talking about coming to a collective decision for Guam, for ALL, and not just one person. I think it is generally very hard to even come to that awareness.

    Look forward to hearing more from you!

    Also, like your “Will do Social Work for Tacos” shirt LOL!

    Sar ginen Guåhan (Sar from Guam)


  3. Shino, I really liked your extemporaneous video introduction, answering all of the questions (hard questions) unscripted and authentic. Having lived in the Marianas (Saipan) in the 70s, it was so interesting to hear about the current discussions of Guam’s political status and the various options being considered. Having witnessed (as a child) the decisions of various former Trust Territory districts to become freely-associated states, or commonwealth, or republics, I have always wondered about Guam. It is also reminding me of our own experience here in Hawai’i–my mom witnessed the 1959 referendum that resulted in Hawai’i becoming a state and has shared with me her impressions.
    I look forward to hearing more of your perspectives!


  4. Hello Raymond!

    When you describe how you felt that Guam is in a state of misunderstanding and that there are people who are comfortable with how things are and don’t realize the importance of being colonized, I completely agree and definitely see that going on here (Guam.) I hate and am somewhat embarrassed to confess, but I find myself at times being part of that comfortable group, but I do hope that taking this class will allow me to broaden my perspectives and help me become more educated on the different aspects of decolonization and how important these aspects are for Guam and on a macro perspective, with other places that have been colonized and are struggling with decolonization. When you mentioned how picking a political status that would benefit the people of Guam as a whole and not just a specific demographic, I think that’s such an awesome outlook especially with the subject of decolonization on Guam having many different perspectives. Definitely looking forward to more of your perspectives. Just this post was personally very educating for me.

    Until the next blog,
    Aurea 🙂


  5. P.S.
    Typo! I’m rereading my comment and the first sentence *colonization is supposed to be *decolonized. –
    The sentence is supposed to read:
    “When you describe how you felt that Guam is in a state of misunderstanding and that there are people who are comfortable with how things are and don’t realize the importance of being decolonized, I completely agree and definitely see that going on here (Guam.)

    I needed to correct that when I noticed that was not what I meant lol.


  6. Hello Ray,
    I appreciate your video and explaining what Guam is going through in terms of decolonization. Looking forward to learning with you in this class and hearing your feedback especially with your military background.

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  7. Raymond, Awesome video intro and I will do social work for tacos too! I admit that I know much less about Guam than I do other regions, so your intro was very enlightening. While very different in many ways, I think in Hawaii, many struggle with this as well, particularly the older generation. Even as a state, many talk about succession from the US, others talk about recognition as an indigenous people, others talk about reviving the kingdom. There is much misunderstanding here as well. Decolonizing oneself is not separate from politics and there is never one road to decolonization. Doing what is best for the people and for the CHamoro people is ultimately what is best and you have stated this well!


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