Monday, January 07, 2008

Chamorro Blogging

My apologies to the Writers, Jeff, EJ, David, and just about everybody else on the Master List, but most of the Saipan Bloggers have been non-Chamorro, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Even my blog, Saipan's most popular blog since ever since, has a Western tilt. Sure I'm Chamorro, but I'm also Irish and was educated from kindergarten onwards in the greatest country the world has or ever will see.

I think that locals have some great stories to tell and see things from a really unique perspective. How does someone who grew up on Saipan see the world? What did they think when they saw their very first traffic light going in during the 1990's? What has changed now that there are 10 times more people on Saipan than there were 30 years ago? How about all the opportunities that have opened up in the last few years, how has that changed their lives?

Not to say that there aren't already some Chamorro bloggers already out there. Mona has her blog in Seattle and DC, Galvin, Boni, and Hope publish their blogs here from Saipan. Hell, we've even got Carolinian bloggers in Cinta and Gus.

So.

I'm really excited to see more Chamorro blogs popping up. Some of the Chamorro blogs I've come across lately are Decolonize Micronesia, Chamorro Language & Culture, Peace and Justice for Guam and the Pacific, Voicing Indigeneity, and NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO.

I have to admit that some of the blogs are a little, um, pro-decolonizationesque. But hey, at least they're blogging! Now if we can just find more Chamorro bloggers to focus on more important things, like torturing small pets and posting pictures of local girls in bikinis...

10 comments:

majicmarc said...

I don't get it. So do I have to go torture a little animal to get on the list? >:]

(lol)

Tamara said...

I've been here over 30 years, but I don't have the 1/3 indigenous blood, so I guess I don't qualify

:)

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Wow. I haven't even been alive for 30 years!

Tamara said...

ACK! That comment just made me feel super old! he he

"Majic" said...

*sigh* I'm almost 30...

Simon Says said...

The chamorro blog websites you link to in your post are worthwhile reading. Important ideas are discussed there. Thanks for linking.

decolonize me said...

They say there's no such thing as bad press. However, there is accuracy in reporting, and for the record, Decolonize Micronesia is not a "Chamorro" blog, as you suggest. It is a Micronesian blog.

I just happened to pick Saipan for an early post because the issues there are so obvious and at the same time so frustrating.

Thanks again for the nod, though. Keep blogging!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

All right, then it is good to see more Micronesian blogs. So where are you writing from?

decolonize me said...

Colonia, Koror, Garapan, Majuro, Tofol, Honolulu...

What's more important: where I'm blogging from, or what I'm blogging about?

Jeff said...

The horrors of free American money and living in the 21st century.