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Migrants to the USA

When we started it was just a few of us, maybe five I-Kiribati in total attended that year, in 1990. We held it in San Francisco. There...

A better future

In 2010, Hamilton’s Kiribati population was youthful. Most were enrolled in school, while a few young adults worked in the agricultural...

Compromised

Rubenang’s sister, Tanimakin arrived in 2009, a year after her husband arrived. I wanted to retire from the Ministry of Health, but I had...

Hard times

I first met Kabwea and Koratika in 2001 as a Peace Corps volunteer. They lived next to Rubenang and volunteered their oven for our...

A dawn raids' legacy

During the 1970s New Zealand police raided houses of Pacific Islanders they believed had overstayed their visas or work permits. Mass...

Leaving Home

In 1986, 123 Kiribati-born individuals were living in New Zealand. Most arrived through small visa waiver employment schemes. By 1991,...

The adventure continues

One hot afternoon in Tamana, Corey and I were imagining bringing our friends to the United States. What would Biita think if he saw a...

A new life in New Zealand

Excited, sad, worried, concerned, happy, and nervous, the house felt different. Younger members of the family were thrilled. Saddened,...

A 2008 return

The land was brown, and the plants were dying when I returned in 2008. “It has been like this since last year,” Rubenang yelled from the...

Climate justice

For small island states in the Pacific, the factors that characterize climate-induced migration — the inability to return, collective...

Preventing a refugee crisis

Global warming may result in detrimental effects on food supply and security, especially in developing countries. Even if developing...

Adaptation or migration?

Over time, population density has exponentially grown due to many factors in Kiribati and most pronouncedly in South Tarawa. Inland...

1987: A catalyst for concern

On December 22nd, 1987, the United Nations General Assembly recognized global warming as a concern and urged the development of the 1992...

AOSIS

The IPCC estimated that the Pacific Islands as a whole have contributed just .0012 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions...

The value of land

In Kiribati, the health of land reflects the social well-being of individuals, families, and communities. As it is generationally passed...

Endangered?

I was in my second year at the University of Pittsburg’s Anthropology Ph.D. program when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Almost...

Returning home

I waited two years to hear “On behalf of Air Pacific we welcome you to Tarawa where the local time is five minutes after eleven o’clock.”...

The next mission

After being introduced to Dr. Steven Ybarrola, chair of the Anthropology program, he suggested we meet for further discussion. At the...

In the meantime

Every now and then Cheri would stop by the apartment to see how Freddy and I were doing. When doing site visits and returning to Pella...

Central College

Central College was a small private liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. With a student population hovering just above 1,000, it was a...

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