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Making Sense of Micronesia
Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Why are islanders so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but so guarded with information? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? What does a smile mean to an islander? Making Sense of Micronesia is intended for westerners 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.

Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture
Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 182 pp.2013 Cultural Social Issues

Summoning the Powers Beyond
Jay Dobbin with Francis X. Hezel, SJ

What was island religion like before the coming of Christianity?  Drawing on all the sources available, this book reconstructs the old religions of re-modern Micronesia. It offers a chapter on the religious beliefs and practices of each part of Micronesia, emphasizing what is unique to that particular island group and what is shared with other places. The summary provides an overview of elements of religion that are found throughout the entire region.

Summoning the Powers Beyond: Traditional Religions in Micronesia
Jay Dobbin with Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: UH Press. 286pp2011 Religion

Over Seas and Time
Written by Tim Smit. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This textbook on the history of the Federated States of Micronesia describes the origins of the islands and their people. It also shows how people from several different island groups have been altered by outside forces over the years and how, in the end, they have become a single nation today.

Over Seas and Time: A Micronesian History Texbook
Written by Tim Smit. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2010. 506 pp. 2010 Education History

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This textbook focuses less on how the modern democratic government operates today than on how it evolved over time. It begins with the traditional authority systems in different island groups and then tracks the changes that impacted up to the present.

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Micronesian Civics Textbook
Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2008. 315 pp.2008 Government History

The Catholic Church in Micronesia
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A simply told story of the founding and growth of the Catholic Church in each island group, with lists of missionary personnel, local clergy, and parish churches appended. This book was prepared for the centennial of the church in each island group.

The Catholic Church in Micronesia: Historical Essays on the Catholic Church in the Caroline-Marshall Islands
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Micronesian Seminar: 2003.2003 History Religion

The New Shape of Old Island Cultures
by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

How have Micronesian cultures changed since World War II? This book presents a pointed synthesis of important changes from the Marshall Islands to Palau, ranging from family structure, land and gender roles to the cultural treatment of life events (birth, marriage, death). This book draws on the author's own real-life experiences and anthropological literature.

The New Shape of Old Island Cultures: A Half-Century of Social Change in Micronesia
by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001. 198 pp.2001 Family change History

Truk Underwater Archaeology
By Francis X. Hezel, S.J., and Clark Graham

The sunken Japanese fleet in Chuuk has become a world famous diving attraction for scuba enthusiasts. The sunken ships, bombed during the US counteroffensive against Japan in 1944, constitute a museum and a valuable asset for the Federated States of Micronesia. This book is an introduction to this museum, as well as to the events that produced the museum and the efforts that have made to preserve it from the depredations of humans and nature.

Truk Underwater Archaeology
By Francis X. Hezel, S.J., and Clark Graham
San Francisco: U.S. National Park Service, 1997. 50 pp.1997 Economics History

Strangers in Their Own Land
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The volume, covering the period from 1886 to 1986, presents the drama of social change in Micronesia under four flags: Spanish, German, Japanese and American. The book chronicles the attempt of each administration to bring the “blessings of civilization” and the varied responses of island people.

Strangers in Their Own Land: A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1995. 467 pp.1995 History

From Conquest to Colonization
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The fifty year period between 1690 and 1740 is extremely significant in the history of the Mariana Islands, although it has heretofore received little scholarly attention. Utilizing contemporary letters and reports penned by Jesuit missionaries who served in the islands, this book examines the major events of this period and their effects on traditional Chamorro society.

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Mariana Islands 1690 to 1740
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Saipan: CNMI Divison of Historical Preservation, 1989. 78pp.1989 Government History

The First Taint of Civilization
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A spirited tale of early exchanges between Micronesians and the West–from early Spanish explorers through 19th century whalers, traders, missionaries and beachcombers to the warship captains that planted the first foreign flags on the islands.

The First Taint of Civilization: A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521-1885
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983. 365 pp.1983 Government History

Micronesia: Winds of Change
Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg

This coffee-table book is well illustrated with photos and drawings depicting the islands’ journey to modern times. Introductory essays link first-hand accounts by foreigners describing what they saw or did in the islands. The book embraces 400 years of history, from Magellan to US naval administration in early 1950s.

Micronesia: Winds of Change. A Book of Reading on the History of Micronesia
Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg
Saipan 1980. 365 pp.1980 Family change Government History

Foreign Ships in Micronesia
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A list of all recorded ship visits to the islands prior to early foreign rule, with information on the ship, its master and mission, and what of note happened during the visit. The book has an extensive bibliography and index.

Foreign Ships in Micronesia: A Compendium of Ship Contacts with the Caroline and Marshall Islands, 1521-1885
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Saipan: Trust Territory Printing Office, 1979. 185pp.1979 History

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.  

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific. (In Desiderio Parrilla, La Violencia del Amor.  Madrid: Lectio, 2012)  Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.  

2011 History Religion

Religion in the Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A brief review of the main features of religious practice and belief in the Marshalls from traditional to modern times.

Unpublished.2011 Religion

Disease in Micronesia: A Historical Survey, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Review of the disease patterns and their effect on mortality over two centuries of contact with the West.

Pacific Health Dialogue.2010 Health

A Life at the Edge of the World, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

American Jesuits in Micronesia and their mission as seen by one Jesuit.

Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter.2009 Religion

The Shifting Burden of Illness, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Comparison of mortality in the 19th century with causes of death today.

Unpublished. 3 November  2009 Health

The Cultural Revolution of the 1960s in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

The impact of the cash economy on the family and other social institutions in the islands.

Ankulegi: Gizarte Antropologia Aldizkaria-- Revista de Antroplogia, Issue 12, 51-64. 2008 Cultural

The Man Who was Reputed to be King: David Dean O'Keefe, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Life of the best known trader in the Western Carolines in the 19th century.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 43, No. 2: 239-252. 2008 History

Christianity in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A brief history of the integration of Christian churches into island cultures, highlighting the changes on both in the course of this process.

Introducing World Christianity Edited by Charles Farhadian, London: Blackwell Press, 2010.2008 Religion

Is That the Best You Can Do? A Tale of Two Micronesian Economies, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Evolution of the economies of FSM and the Marshalls over forty years and our expectations for self-reliance.

Pacific Islands Policy, Vol.1, Honolulu: East-West Center, 2006.2006 Economics

Keeping The Information Flow Open: A Key Condition for Good Government in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Cultural practices limit transparency and accountability in the islands.

Globalisation and Governance in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Stewart Firth, Canberra: ANU Press, 2006: 375-384. 2006 Government

Integration of Catholicism into Guam and its People, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief look at the assimilation of Spanish Catholicism and Chamorro culture.

Unpublished.
2005 Religion

An Overview of the FSM Economy, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A forecast of FSM's economic future for the next twenty years and beyond.

Unpublished. 7 November 20022003 Economics

Thoughts on Community Colleges in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief history of the origins of community colleges and suggestions on how they might face the future.

Unpublished. 20032003 Education

WHO Mental Health Research in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Serious mental illness in Micronesia as presented in four different studies.

Unpublished 14 November 2002. 2003 Health

Chuuk: Caricature of an Island, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Memorial of a Jesuit to his 25 years on Chuuk.

Pacific Places, Pacific Histories, Edited by Brij V. Lal, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004: 102-119. 2003 History

Health in Micronesia through the Years, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

The transition from infectious diseases to the era of non-communicable diseases.

Unpublished. 2003 Health

Examining the consequences of the Money Economy in the Pacific, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

If a growing economy will produce social changes, islanders should anticipate these consequences when making economic choices.

Unpublished. 16 June 20012001 Economics

Stepping Stones to Somewhere Else, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief description of the social and political context of the church’s work in the islands.

Unpublished. 20012001 Religion

German Catholic Missions in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

German Capuchins in the Carolines and Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the Marshalls and their contributions.

Edited by Hermann Hiery, Handbuch der deutschen Sudsee, Paderborn, Munchen: Die Deutsche Bibliothek, 2001: 558-603. 2001 Religion

Suicide on Guam: Putting It in Historical Perspective, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Brief historical review of suicide on Guam.

"Community Development."  Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education.  Courier, No. 48 (Canberra, April 1990), 27-31. 2001 Suicide

Statistics on Education in Micronesia , by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Statistical data on the schools and their performance throughout the region.

Unpublished. 2000. 2000 Education

Micronesian Seminar: 25 Years, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Description of MicSem, its mission, and its accomplishments.

Unpublished. 1996. 1999 Religion

American Anthropology's Contribution to Social Problems Research in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Review of the contribution of American anthropologists to research on social problems in Micronesia.

American Anthropology in Micronesia, by Kiste & Marshall, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999: 301-326. 1999 Social Issues

Education for What?, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Summary essay on a discussion held on the purpose of public education.

Unpublished. 1998.1998 Education

The Unmaking of the Micronesian Family, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Changes in the family structure and the social problems that have stemmed from them.

Unpublished. 1998 1998 Family change

Alcohol and Drug Use in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Data on the use of alcohol and drugs by Marshallese based on survey.

Unpublished Report. Pohnpei: Micronesian Seminar, 1997.1997 Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol and Drug Use in the Federated States of Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Data on the use of alcohol and drugs by Micronesians based on survey.

Unpublished Report. Pohnpei: Micronesian Seminar, 1997.1997 Alcohol & Drugs

Sustainable Human Development in the Federated States of Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Edwin Q.P. Petteys and Deborah L. Chang

Overview of political, social and economic conditions in FSM.

Micronesian Seminar, Pohnpei March 1997. 104 1997 Economics

Introduction to Francisco Garcia's Life of Diego Luis de San Vitores, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Offers a brief glimpse of the historical context of San Vitores’ work on Guam.

In Life and Martyrdom of the Venerable Father Diego Luis de San Vitores, ed by James McDonagh (Guam: University of Guam, 2004), 1-5. 1996 History

New Trends in Micronesian Migration, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Michael Levin

Survey of changing patterns of migration ten years after the Compact.

Pacific Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1, March, 1996: 91-114 1996 Migration

Distribution of Spirit Possession and Trance in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Jay Dobbin

Maps the history of spirit possession and trance throughout the region.

Pacific Studies. Vol. 19, No. 2, June 1996: 105-148. 1996 Social Issues

In Search of a Talking Point on Human Rights, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Human rights language, as a product of Western development, may require translation into more terms more compatible with island cultures.

Umanidat, Vol. 3, No. 1, November 1995: 111-116. Also published in: Promotio Justitiae, No. 64, June, 1996: 52-55.1995 Justice & Law

The Struggle for Justice...But Under Whose Terms?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The goals of the struggle for justice can be better achieved by using island terms.

Unpublished. 16 June 1996 1995 Justice & Law

A Second Look at FSM Migration to Guam, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Review of migration data in view of a recent Guam bill to limit welfare benefits to migrants.

Unpublished. 13 May 1995 1995 Migration

Congeries of Spirits, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Essay on the pre-christian religions in Micronesia.

Introductory essay in Micronesian Religion and Lore: A Guide to Sources, 1526-1990, Edited by Douglas Haynes and William Wuerch, Westport, Connectincut: Greenwood Press, 1995: 1-11. 1995 Religion

The Church in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Historical sketch of the Jesuit mission through the 20th century.

America 18 February 1995: 23-24.1995 Religion

Possession and Trance in Chuuk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Jay Dobbin

Traces the evolution of spirit possession in Chuuk from planned to spontaneous, while showing the changes in how possession functions.

Isla. Vol. 3, No. 1, Rainy Season 1995: 73-104. 1995 Social Issues

When the Wind Blows, the Islands will Rock, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A critical look at the new religious movements in the Pacific.

An Essay in Response to Manfred Ernst Winds of Change." (Suva: PCC, 1994). Unpublished. 29 August 1994 1994 Religion

Changes in the Pohnpeian Family: 1950-1990, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of research on the changes in basic social institutions on Pohnpei after the war.

Chuuk: Micronesian Seminar, July 1992. 1992 Family change

The Changing Family in Chuuk: 1950-1990, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Innocente Oneisom

Summary of research on the changes in basic social institutions in Chuuk after the war.

Chuuk: Micronesian Seminar, May 1992. 1992 Family change

Schizophrenia and Chronic Mental Illness in Micronesia: An Epidemiological Survey, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Michael Wylie

Survey of mental illness throughout FSM, Palau and the Marshalls.

Isla. Vol. 1, No. 2, Dry Season 1992: 329-354. 1992 Health

The Expensive Taste for Modernity: Caroline and Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Review of the major economic changes in the islands throughout their history, highlighting some of the social and political consequences.

Social Change in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Albert Robillard, New York: Kegan Paul International, 1992: 203-19. 1992 History

The Cruel Dilemma: Money Economies in the Pacific, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The ways in which a cash economy impacts on island life and how the church might respond.

Journal of Pacific Theology, Series II, No. 8, 1992: 11-22.1992 Justice & Law

Spirit Possession in Chuuk: A Socio-Cultural Interpretation, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explains Chuukese spirit possession as a cultural strategy for dealing with family problems.

Journal of the Pacific Society, Vol 17, No 1 (June 1994), 1-10. 1992 Social Issues

Recolonizing Islands and Decolonizing History, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Reflections on the historiography of the Pacific.

Journal of the Pacific Society, Vol. 13, No. 4, January 1991: 1-6. Also published in: Pacific History: Papers from the 8th Pacific History Association Conference, Edited by Donald Rubinstein, Guam: University of Guam Press, 1992: 63-67. 1991 History

The Price of Education in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Schools are a costly feature of modern society and have negative consequences on the islands’ struggling economies.

Ethnies: Droits de I'homme et peuples autochtones, Nos. 8-10, Spring 1989: 24-29.1989 Education

The Great Flight Northward: FSM Migration to Guam, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Thomas McGrath

Analysis of migration to Guam during the first years of the Compact.

Islander: Pacific Daily News, 22 January 1989: 5-9. Also published in: Pacific Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, November 1989: 47-64. 1989 Migration

What Can We Do to Prevent Suicide?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Suggestions for suicide prevention strategies.

Journal of the Pacific Society, Vol. 12, No. 2, July 1989: 17-20. 1989 Suicide

Suicide in the Micronesian Family, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The changes in the extended family brought about by the rise of the cash economy contributed to the rise in suicide.

The Contemporary Pacific. Vol. 1, No. 1, 1989: 43-74. Also published in: Pacific Studies Vol. 13, No. 1, November 1989: 47-64. 1989 Suicide

New Directions in Pacific History: A Practitioner's Critical View, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Reactions to the new canons governing Pacific history.

Pacific Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, July 1988: 101-110. 1988 History

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Marianas 1690-1740, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the later period of Spanish rule in the Marianas.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 23, 1988: 137-155. Also published as a monograph in the series Micronesian Archaeological Survey Report, n.d. 1988 History

Let's Have the Meal Today Rather Than the Fishing Industry Tomorrow, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Local governments are perpetuating the old habits of spending for consumption money that could be used for economic development.

Marianas Variety, 6 November 1987. Also published as: "Back to TT ‘Pork Barrel’ Days." Marshall Islands Journal, 30 October 1987; Journal of Pacific Society, No. 39, July 1988: 10-12; Tok Blong SPPF, No. 26, January 1989: 8-10.1987 Economics

Serving the Poor in Micronesia: One Approach , by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The church’s mission of working with the poor sometimes involves public education.

Unpublished. 23 December 1987 1987 Religion

The Effects of Modernization on Three Areas of Island Life, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Modernization imposes difficult choices, especially regarding gender equality, fairness to those outside the family, and balance of concern between the household and the extended family.

The Ethics of Development: The Pacific in the 21st Century, Edited by Susan Stratigos and Philip Hughes, Port Moresby: UPNG Press, 1987: 60-74. Also published in: Journal of the Pacific Society, No. 34, April 1987: 10-20; No. 54, April 1992: 39-47. 1987 Social Issues

In Search of the Social Roots of Mental Pathology in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The high rates of mental illness and suicide might be related to stress generated by cultural conflict and change.

Contemporary Issues in Mental Research in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Albert Robillard & Anthony Marsella, University of Hawaii, 1987: 12-31. 1986 Health

Micronesian Emigration: The Brain Drain in Palau, Marshalls and the Federated States, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Michael Levin

Historical survey of migration from the early trusteeship.

Migration and Development in the South Pacific. Edited by John Connell, Canberra: Australian National University, 1990: 42-60. Also published in: Journal of Pacific Society. No. 35, July 1987: 16-34. 1986 Migration

Historical Sketch of the Caroline-Marshall Mission of the New York Province, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Brief history of the Jesuit mission in Micronesia from the end of World War II.

Jesuits Yearbook 1986, Rome: Socio Grafica Romana, 1985: 52-55. 1986 Religion

Truk Suicide Epidemic and Social Change, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explains the causes and psychodynamics of Micronesian suicide.

Human Organization, Vol. 46, Winter 1987: 283-296. Also published in: Marshall Islands Journal, 13 June 1986: 17-20; 20 June 1986: 15; 18 July 1986: 14. 1986 Suicide

How Much is Enough? US Aid and Free Association, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Island governments are neglecting the long-range vision of self-reliance in their attempt to gain access to US federal programs.

Marianas Variety, 22 March 1985 and 29 March 1985. Also published in: Marshall Islands Journal, 12 April 1985; Journal of Pacific Society, No. 18, October 1985; Pacifica, No. 12, April 1985.1985 Compact

Schools in Micronesia Prior to American Administration, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the growth of education in Micronesia up to World War II.

Pacific Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall 1984: 95-111.1985 Education

In the Aftermath of the Education Expolosion, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Results of the follow-up survey of all Chuukese high school graduates done in 1984.

Journal of the Pacific Society, No. 27, July 1985: 36-52.1985 Education

Journey of Faith: Blessed Diego of the Marianas, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Short biography of Diego Luis de San Vitores.

Guam: Atlas Publication, 1985. Also published as: "Diego Louis de San Vitores." The Pacific Voice, 6 October 1985: 4-6. 1985 History

A Brief Economic History of Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the cash economy through the colonial period to the end of trusteeship with figures and tables of exports and imports.

Past Achievements and Future Possibilities, Majuro: Micronesian Seminar, 1984: 11-62.1984 Economics

Cultural Patterns in Trukese Sucide, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presents the close cultural pattern in suicides among Chuukese.

Ethnology, Vol. 23, July 1984: 193-206. 1984 Suicide

Jesuit Martyrs in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of the deaths of the 20 Jesuits who were killed in the course of their missionary work in the islands.

Unpublished. 1983.1983 Religion

Youth Drinking in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of a conference on youth drinking in the islands.

Hezel, Francis X. S.J. "Youth Drinking in Micronesia." Pacific Magazine. July-August, 1982: 37-38. 1982 Alcohol & Drugs

From Conversion to Conquest: The Early Spanish Mission in the Marianas, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the Marianas from the arrival of missionaries to the end of the fighting between Spanish and Chamorros.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 17, 1982: 115-137. 1982 History

Yesterday's Myths, Today's Realities, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The old dreams of self-reliance are yielding to the demands for more jobs and consumer goods.

America, 24 May 1980, 434-7. Also published in: Honolulu Advertiser, n.d.1980 Economics

The New Formula for Self-Reliance, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Islanders today have come to believe that self-reliance does not require any cutback in lifestyle or the flow of money into the islands.

Marianas Variety, 5 July 1979. Also published in: Glimpses, Vol. 19, No. 4, 1979: 12-14; Pacific Perspective, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1980: 33-36; “La nouvelle formule de l’autonomie.” Perspectives du Pacifique, Port Vila, 1983: 31. 1979 Economics

In the Wake of Foam and Blood, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of hostilities in 1565 between Spanish on the San Lucas and Chuukese people.

Guam Recorder Vol. 9, No. 2 (1979): 16-21. 1979 History

The Education Explosion in Chuuk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Results of a survey of all high school graduates showing the rapid expansion of education in Chuuk.

Pacific Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 1979: 167-85. Also published in: Micronesian Reporter, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1978: 24-33; TTPI Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 1979: 1-9; Island, Vol. 1, No. 7, December 1978 and Vol. 1, No. 8, January-February 1979.1978 Education

Looking Ahead to the End of the Trusteeship, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of Micronesia’s Compact negotiations with the US.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 4, 1978: 204-210. 1978 Government

The Role of the Beachcombers in the Caroline Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Beachcombers served different functions, depending on the island on which they resided.

The Changing Pacific, Edited by Neil Gunson, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1978: 261-272. 1978 History

Indigenization as a Missionary Goal in the Caroline-Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Traces the route to inculturation for Protestant and Catholic churches.

Mission, Church, and Sect in Oceania, Edited by James Boutilier, et. al., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1978: 251-273. 1978 Religion

The Anthropologist and Social Problems in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The articles lists six major social problems that could profitably be researched by anthropologists.

Unpublished. 1978. 1978 Social Issues

Taking the Long View, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The immediate pay-off often blinds people to the long-term social, economic or political effects.

Micronesian Independent, 11 March 1977. Also published in: Carolines Observer, 25 March 1977; Review for Religious, Vol. 36, No. 5, September 1977: 695-700.1977 Economics

Ghosts of the Past...A Vision of the Future, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Article on Xavier High School and its history on its 25th anniversary.

Micronesian Reporter, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1977: 16-21.1977 Education

The Micronesian Dilemma: How to Support Expensive Habits and Still Run the Household, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Is the new affluence of the islands putting the hope of independence beyond reach?

Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes, Paris, 1976: 110-121. Also published in: South Pacific Dossier, edited by G. Woods, Canberra: Australia Council for Overseas Aid, 1978. 1976 Economics

Micronesia's Hanging Spree, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Early attempt to offer data about the initial stages of the suicide explosion.

Micronesian Independent, 31 December 1976. Also published as: "Tragic End for Troubled Youth." Micronesian Reporter, Vol. 14, No. 4, 1976: 8-13; "Suicide Beckons Micronesia." Pacific Daily News, 13 February 1977; "Suicide Epidemic Among Micronesian Youth." South Pacific Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1977: 5-10. 1976 Suicide

In Search of a Home: Colonial Education in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The dynamics of education can alienate the young from their own society, while sharpening their awareness of this alienation.

Topics of Culture and Learning, Honolulu: East-West Center, 1975: 125-131. Also published in: Culture Learning: Concepts, Applications and Research, Edited by Richard W. Brislin, Honolulu: East-West Center, 1977: 42-48; Ocean Today, Edited by Dirk Ballendorf and Frank King, Guam: Micronesian Area Research Center, 1981: 51-70. 1975 Education

Micronesia's Education for Self-Government: Frolicking in the Backyard?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The government-run political education program has sacrificed passion and competing views in its effort to be non-partisan.

Pacific Asian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1976: 62-69. Also published in: Catalyst: Social Pastoral Magazine for Melanesia, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1975: 23-35; Micronesian Independent, n.d.; Marianas Variety, n.d. 1975 Government

A Yankee Trader in Yap: Crayton Philo Holcomb, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the life and work of Holcomb on Yap.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1975: 3-19. Also published in: More Pacific Island Portraits, Edited by Deryck Scarr, Canberra: ANU Press, 1979: 59-74. 1975 History

Micronesia: Ten Years After, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Micronesia’s real poverty consists in the affluence that could diminish its national pride.

 Impact, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1974: 436-438.1974 Economics

Recent Theories of the Relationship between Education and Development, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Brief review of four different theories of the interface between education and development.

Unpublished. 1974 1974 Education

Who Shall Own the Schools?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The importance of giving parents understanding and ownership of what happens in the process of education.

Micronesian Independent. Also published as: "The School Industry." Friends of Micronesia Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 1973: 19-22. 1974 Education

Dumont d'Urville on Truk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of the visit of a French naval expedition to Chuuk in early 19th century.

Guam Recorder, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1974: 42-50 1974 History

Reflections on Micronesia's Economy, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Data on employment, wages, education, and imports shows the islands moving away from self-reliance.

Micronitor, Majuro, 29 April 1973: 1-2. Also published as: “Unholy Mackerel and the Almighty Buck.” Friends of Micronesia Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1974: 15-19. 1973 Economics

The School Industry, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The elementary school is the largest economic factor in the village throughout the islands.

Friends of Micronesia Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1973: 19-22. Also published in: Pacific Daily News, 25 March 1972, 2A-3A.1973 Education

A Sad Tale of Long Ago: How Magic Signs were Brought to a Far-off Island, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Fable telling how a people lost their sense of their cultural past after long contact with outsiders.

Impact, Vol. 11, No. 6, 1976: 213-215. Also published as: "No One Remembered." Pacific Daily News, 9 December 1973. 1973 Education

The Beginnings of Foreign Contact in Truk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of Western impact on Chuuk through the 19th century.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 8, 1973: 51-73. 1973 History

The First European Visit to Truk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Translation from Spanish of the report of the visit of San Lucas in 1564.

Guam Recorder, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1973: 38-40 1973 History

Early European Contact with the Western Carolines: 1525-1750, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of Arellano’s stopover in Chuuk in 1565.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 7, 1972: 26-44. 1972 History

Westernization of Truk: A Backward Glance, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of Western impact on Chuuk through the 19th century.

Micronesian Reporter Vol. 20, No. 4 (1972): 24-31. 1972 History

Spanish Capuchins in the Carolines, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A history of mission efforts by the Spanish Capuchins from 1885 to the end of the 19th century.

Micronesian Reporter, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1971: 32-40; No. 3, 1971: 36-42. 1971 Religion

Self-support of Programs and Institutions of the Catholic Church, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Self-support by local people of their church may increase their self-esteem.

Unpublished. 1971

1971 Religion

Catholic Missions in the Carolines and Marshall Islands, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A historical and bibliographic survey of the Catholic missions in Micronesia.

Journal of Pacific History, 5 (1970), 213-227. 1970 Religion

The Creation of a Colony: The Paradox of Economic Aid to Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Trends of a larger US subsidy during the 1960 might lead to permanent colonial status of Micronesia.

Unpublished. 1968.1968 Economics

Make Me Be Good, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

How can reform of the failing education system be carried out in an island group where pressures abound to keep good teachers and bad teachers alike? There are tried and tested methods that will help, the author suggests.

June 2010 (MC #82)  Education   Government

Swimming with the Tide, by C.L. Cheshire

Island development today could learn from the past: the importance of trading partnerships and self-enforced contracts.

April 2010 (MC #81)  Business   Economics

Path to Heaven, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Personal reflection on how the church and its mission has changed during a lifetime.

February 2010 (MC #80)  Religion

Playing the Numbers Game, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Accurate Statistics are essential for mapping out progress and fixing future goals

December 2009 (MC #79)  Education   Government   Health

A Teacher's Tale, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

An expatriate teacher explains the cultural lessons learned during his long stay in the islands.

September 2009 (MC #78)  Cultural

The Role of Culture in Economic Development , by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

The playing field is not level when it comes to economic development, for cultural values and attitudes give some societies a head start.

June 2009 (MC #77)  Cultural   Economics

High Water in the Low Atolls, by Francis X. Hezel, S. J.

Waves surges for two successive years have damaged the food supply in outer atolls and threaten even more in the future.

March 2009 (MC #76)  Environment

CPR for Chuuk Public Schools, by Arthur Leger, S.J.

An educator describes a three-week summer retreat for Chuuk public school principals, its dynamics and some of the outcomes.

January 2009 (MC #75)  Education

What Are Our Priorities?, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Suggestions on priority areas for the FSM Government: health, education, care of the outer islands, economic development, monitoring progress through data collection, and social problems.

December 2008 (MC #74)  Government

Cultural Revolution Of The 60's, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

The rapid increase of dollars and jobs in the 1960s led to structural changes whose impacts are still being felt.

September 2008 (MC #73)  Cultural   Family change

The Church in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A brief history of the integration of Christian churches into island cultures, highlighting the changes on both in the course of this process.

May 2008 (MC #72)  History   Religion

What's Happened to All Our College Graduates?, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

An essay on why college students abroad have become fewer over the last 30 years, why this can hurt the islands, and what can be done about it.

February 2008 (MC #71)  Education

Climate Change is Real, by Ben Namakin

What does climate change mean, what are its impacts on the islands, and what can we do about it?

November 2007 (MC #70)  Environment

The Rules of the Road in Chuuk, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

The financial and political crisis in Chuuk stems from the shortcuts that people take to get what they need from the government, thus adding to the confusion.

October 2007 (MC #69)  Government

HIV/AIDS in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

A look at the disease, its impact on the islands so far, and suggestions on what might be done to reduce the risk.

July 2007 (MC #68)  Health

Island Politics, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Politics in the islands has been elevated to a new art form, while drifting from the ideal of public service.

May 2007 (MC #67)  Cultural   Government

A Tuna Industry in Micronesia?, by Peter Wilson

The case for launching a large fishing industry in the islands despite a long list of past failures.

April 2007 (MC #66)  Business   Economics

The Cult of the Individual, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

As in America, the individual is being liberated from kin and community in Micronesia.

January 2007 (MC #65)  Social Issues

Micronesians Abroad, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ and Eugenia Samuel

Report on a visit to Micronesian communities in the US with reflections on lessons learned.

December 2006 (MC #64)  Government   Migration

Renewable Energy For Micronesia, by Doug Kelly

Suggestions for practical alternatives to fossil fuel for island people.

September 2006 (MC #63)  Environment

Homosexuality in Micronesia, by Major Scott Nicloy

A frank discussion of the problems faced by gays and lesbians in the islands.

August 2006 (MC #62)  Social Issues

Who Will Own Business in Majuro, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Study of how Chinese immigrants have become dominant in business on Majuro and what effects this is having on the local population.

April 2006 (MC #61)  Business

Spiritual Abuse, by Major Scott Nicloy

A clergyman reports on how church leaders can take advantage of their flock.

February 2006 (MC #60)  Religion   Social Issues

Myths of the FSM Economy, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The article challenges seven popular beliefs about the economy of FSM.

December 2005 (MC #59)  Economics

Call to Arms: Micronesians in the Military, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

What is the strong appeal of the US military to island youth, and how do they fare when they join?

October 2005 (MC #58)  Social Issues

Caricature of Infinity, by Neil Poulin, SJ

Humorous account of a priest’s adventures on a trip through the Yap outer islands.

September 2005 (MC #57)  Cultural

Cultural Loss: How Real is the Threat?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

If culture is more than material items and outward behavior, perhaps the threat of cultural loss is exaggerated.

July 2005 (MC #56)  Cultural

Micronesian Governments: A View from the Outside, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A presentation of the Findings of Transparency International reports on FSM, Palau and the Marshalls.

April 2005 (MC #55)  Government

Peeking Into the Public Process, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Public access to government information conflicts with cultural views of how information is shared.

January 2005 (MC #54)  Government

Health in Micronesia Over the Years, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A historical survey of the change in types of illness during the 19th and 20th centuries

November 2004 (MC #53)  Health   History

Do We Really Need Land Registration in the Marshalls?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Assessment of the problems in recording and registering land weighed against its benefits

September 2004 (MC #52)  Land Issues

The Clam Industry in the Marshalls, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the clam industry and the problems encountered along the way.

August 2004 (MC #51)  Business   Economics

The Chuuk Problem: At the Foot of the Political Pyramid, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Argument that Chuuk’s political impasse stems from its fragmented traditional authority system.

April 2004 (MC #50)  Cultural   Government

The FSM Amnesty Bill, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Critique of the FSM bill proposing to grant amnesty to public officials prosecuted for corruption.

January 2004 (MC #49)  Government

How Tough Was Your Dad?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explores the change in family dynamics and its impact on the growing suicide rate in the islands.

December 2003 (MC #48)  Family change   Social Issues

An Alternative Strategy for Developing a Micronesian Export Industry, by C.L. Cheshire

An inventory of factors to be considered before opening an export business in the islands.

June 2003 (MC #47)  Business

The Silent Cry For Help: Spouse Abuse in Micronesia, by Eugenia Samuel

Description of the extent of wife-beating today and how cultural changes have given rise to it.

March 2003 (MC #46)  Social Issues

Power or Partnership? Making Compact II Work, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A critique of the US strong-arm stance as the terms of the next Compact are negotiated.

February 2003 (MC #45)  Compact

Rough Seas Ahead: The FSM Economy During Compact II, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A forecast of FSM’s economic future for the next twenty years and beyond.

January 2003 (MC #44)  Compact   Economics

Too Young To Be Mothers, by Eugenia Samuel

A study of teenage pregnancy throughout Micronesia.

July 2002 (MC #43)  Social Issues

A Leap Into the Unknown, by Augustine Kohler and Eugenia Samuel

Reviews the problems that Micronesian emigrants face when moving to the US for jobs and education.

April 2002 (MC #42)  Social Issues   Migration

A Close Look at the Proposed Amendments to the FSM Constitution, by John R. Haglelgam

An impartial review of the pros and cons of each of the 14 proposed constitutional amendments.

April 2002 (MC #41)  Government

Spoiled Tuna: A Fishing Industry Gone Bad, by Matthew Jacobs

Review of the recent history of the fishing industry in FSM and impact of the losses on the country.

March 2002 (MC #40)  Economics

Settling Disputes, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Over-reliance on the courts to settle disputes, even though traditional means are available.

January 2002 (MC #39)  Cultural   Government

The Rule of Law, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Why island societies with effective conflict resolution needs a western-style law system.

December 2001 (MC #38)  Government

Business and Family in Micronesia, by C.L. Cheshire

Compilation of best practices for balancing kin obligations with what is needed to make a business work.

November 2001 (MC #37)  Business

Insuring Our Health: Financing Health Care in the FSM, by Marcus H. Samo

How to fashion an insurance program that will relieve the government’s heavy burden of medical costs.

August 2001 (MC #36)  Economics   Health

Feast and Famine: US Assistance and the Compact Funding Outlook, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

US funding assistance to FSM for the next two years and the Compact funding outlook.

June 2001 (MC #35)  Compact   Economics

Islands of Excellence, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A review of some of the best public elementary schools in the region and a look at what makes them work.

April 2001 (MC #34)  Education

The Myth of Education: A Second Look, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Education once offered the promise of good jobs, and even now it offers other rich rewards.

March 2001 (MC #33)  Education

How Good Are Our Schools?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Highlights the best schools throughout the region on the basis of test scores and other data.

January 2001 (MC #32)  Education

What Should Our Schools Be Doing?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Is the goal of education to provide academic skills, manpower training, or cultural preservation?

October 2000 (MC #31)  Education

Why I Can't Get A Loan...and Probably Shouldn't Anyway!, by C.L. Cheshire

Helping prospective businessmen draw up a business plan for a loan may be a bad idea

August 2000 (MC #30)  Business

Becoming a Professional Victim, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Argues that the Marshall Islands’ lawsuit against Big Tobacco could be more damaging than the cigarettes they smoked.

July 2000 (MC #29)  Cultural   Government

Here's Where We're Headed. Which Way Should We Be Going?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ and Hilda Heine

A review of what the numbers say about the directions of the Micronesian governments.

June 2000 (MC #28)  Economics   Education   Government

Land: Public Use and Regulation, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Discussion of the importance of land for public service and the problems of acquiring it.

May 2000 (MC #27)  Government   Land Issues

Teach Our Children Well: A Look At Our Public Elementary Schools in Pohnpei, by Jasmine Johnson

What are the factors most responsible for success in public elementary schools on Pohnpei?

April 2000 (MC #26)  Education

Land: As Investment, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Land in the islands is a treasure that can be left unused or invested for future prosperity.

February 2000 (MC #25)  Land Issues

Bringing Health Care to the People: A Look at Dispensaries in the FSM, by Eugenia A. Samuel and Marcus H. Samo

A critical look at how dispensaries operate in the FSM.

January 2000 (MC #24)  Health

Land: Is It Time For a Change in Direction?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Land is a priceless cultural inheritance, but it can also be used for future development.

November 1999 (MC #23)  Land Issues

Why Don't Our Government Offices Work?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explanation of how cultural values and attitudes obstruct the creation of a government bureaucracy.

May 1998 (MC #22)  Cultural   Government

Sustainable Human Developement in Micronesia, by Jay Dobbin and Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A review of the economic situation and of development possibilities in the future.

March 1998 (MC #21)  Economics

A Hibiscus In the Wind: The Micronesian Chief and His People, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Chiefs had obligations toward their people as well as the other way around.

December 1997 (MC #20)  Cultural

Micronesian Migration Since World War II, by Jay Dobbin and Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Selection of short articles by different authors on migration from the islands to Guam and the US.

August 1996 (MC #19)  Migration

Drugs in Micronesia, by Jay Dobbin

Selection of articles on marijuana in Chuuk, gas sniffing in Chuuk, and ice use in CNMI.

April 1996 (MC #18)  Alcohol & Drugs   Social Issues

Anthropology's Contribution to Social Problems Research in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Anthropologists’ attempts to situate social problems in the context of cultural change.

March 1995 (MC #17)  Social Issues

Land Issues in Chuuk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Report from a two-day conference on land problems in Chuuk.

October 1994 (MC #16)  Cultural   Land Issues

Changes in Family Structure Leading to Alcoholism, Suicide, and Child Abuse, by Donald H. Rubinstein

Anthropological view of how culture change in the family brings about social problems.

June 1994 (MC #15)  Cultural   Family change   Suicide

The Changing Family In Chuuk: 1950-1999, by Innocente I. Oneisom

Summary of research done on changes in family structure and practice in Chuuk.

March 1994 (MC #14)  Family change

Social Isolation, Cultural Competence, and Disability in the Carolines, by Mac Marshall

How physical disability is understood and dealt with in the islands.

January 1994 (MC #13)  Cultural   Health   Social Issues

The Changing Pohnpeian Family, by Seberiano Barnabas and Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of research done on changes in family structure and practice on Pohnpei.

November 1993 (MC #12)  Family change

Spirit Possession in Chuuk: Socio-Cultural Interpretation, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Summary of research done on the ways in which spirit possession is used as a means of dealing with family problems.

July 1993 (MC #11)  Cultural

Culture in Crisis: Trends in the Pacific Today, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Review of problem areas in the Pacific resulting from social change.

May 1993 (MC #10)  Cultural   Social Issues

Mental Illness in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Report on the findings of a study of serious mental illness throughout the region.

February 1993 (MC #09)  Health

Kokan: Youthful Female Runaways in the Marshalls, by Dennis T.P. Keene

Report on a study of young Marshallese women who left their families to become prostitutes.

October 1992 (MC #08)  Social Issues

Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Molestation in Palau, by Richard Shewman

Report on a study of physical and sexual abuse in Palauan families.

June 1992 (MC #07)  Social Issues

Youth Drinking in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The rise of alcohol use among the young and its effects on society

March 1992 (MC #06)  Alcohol & Drugs   Social Issues

What Can We Do to Prevent Suicide?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Suggestions regarding methods of preventing suicide among the young.

December 1991 (MC #05)  Suicide

Effects of Modernization on Three Areas of Island Life, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Modernization poses difficult choices for people, especially regarding gender equality, fairness to those outside the family, and balance of concern between the household and the extended family.

September 1991 (MC #04)  Cultural   Social Issues

Marijuana in Chuuk, by Innocente I. Oneisom

Report on a study done on the extent, cost and effects of marijuana use in Chuuk.

June 1991 (MC #03)  Alcohol & Drugs

Child Abuse and Neglect in Micronesia, by Mariano N. Marcus

Report on a study of child abuse and neglect in Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Palau.

April 1991 (MC #02)  Social Issues

Chuuk's Violence: Then and Now, by Innocente I. Oneisom

The pattern of homicide in Chuuk has changed over a century: today more of the violence is done against family members.

February 1991 (MC #01)  Social Issues

The Taste of Pork: Congressional Funds for Development

The pros and cons of the pork barrel funds long appropriated by FSM Congress.

2000-04-26  Health

Your New Business Doesn't Have to Fail

Promise and problems in setting up a private business in Micronesia.

2000-04-01  Business

Vitamin A Deficiency

Causes of Vitamin deficiency, extent of the problem, and strategies for dealing with it.

1999-04-21  Health

Education for What?

Discussion on the purposes of education in Micronesia.

1998-11-19  Education

Revenue Sharing Between the States and National Government

Revenue sharing may be needed in view of the states' financial problems.

1997-03-19  Economics   Government

The YTK Proposal and the Future of Fishing in Pohnpei

Japanese proposal to establish a large fishing industry on Pohnpei may threaten other fishing interests.

1997-02-13  Business   Economics   Government

PUC: Friend or Enemy?

Discussion of a recent decision by Pohnpei Utilities Corporation to raise power and water rates.

1996-01-24  Government   Social Issues

Population Policy for FSM

Discussion of the need for a population policy and the strong cultural forces against limiting family size.

1995-10-18  Government   Social Issues

Casino Gambling: Should it Be Allowed?

The pros and cons of legalizing casino gambling to stimulate development on Pohnpei.

1995-09-06  Government   Social Issues

Freedom of Information: Who Has a Right to What?

Freedom of press can provide important information to the public, but it can also do social damage in a Pacific society.

1995-05-17  Cultural   Justice & Law   Social Issues

What Can We Do to Improve Our Schools?

Improvement of education does not begin with money so much as good leadership and other factors.

1995-03-29  Education   Government

How Good is Our Health Care in FSM

Primary health care emphasizing preventive health and a health insurance program would improve health care greatly.

1995-01-31  Government   Health

Domestic Violence in Micronesia

With the breakdown of social mechanisms that once protected women, new means of protecting them from harm will have to be found.

1994-11-30  Cultural   Government   Social Issues

The FSM Foreign Debt

Explores the current status of foreign investment and debt in FSM

1994-10-12  Economics   Government

Relations Between Pohnpei State and FSM

Tensions between Pohnpei and the national government are linked to land rights, allocation of funds, and authority.

1994-09-22  Government

Where Do Traditional Leaders Fit in Today's Society?

Traditional leaders have a distinct function, but can not easily be absorbed into the modern authority system.

1994-05-12  Cultural   Government

Is There a Place for Foreigners in Micronesia Today?

How can foreigners be integrated into Micronesian society better than they are at present?

1994-04-13  Economics   Government

Women's Role in Micronesia: Then and Now

Many of the traditional roles of women have eroded with modernization, raising the question of how adjustments can be made.

1994-03-08  Cultural   Government   Social Issues

What Can We Do to Promote Private Business

Exploration of ways in which the private sector in the economy could be helped to expand.

1994-01-26  Business   Economics

Educating for Self-Reliance

Educating a generation to become financially self-reliant cannot be accomplished by the schools alone.

1994-01-26  Education   Government

After The Compact, What Then?

What will the FSM Government do to promote economic development and self-reliance before the end of the Compact funding period?

1993-11-10  Economics   Government

Is the Congress of FSM Becoming Too Powerful?

The concentration of power in FSM Congress might make it the dominant force in the national government.

1993-10-13  Government

What's the Fishing Industry Doing for FSM?

Comparative look at benefits from fishing rights fees and the local fishing industry in FSM

1993-09-08  Economics   Government

Economic Development in Yap

Reconciling the need for economic development with social change in Yap.

1990-10-06  Economics

Population Pressure and The Church's Response

Does rapid population growth in Chuuk warrant a serious attempt to limit family size?

1989-04-08  Religion   Social Issues

Changes in the Palauan Family

The radical change that has occurred in the organization of the Palauan family demands adjustments within the family.

1989-01-01  Family change

Faith, Culture and Democracy in Truk

Discussion of the fit between democracy and traditional authority in Chuuk, and how the church can help mediate.

1988-04-30  Cultural   Government   Religion

Changes in the Yapese Family

Discussion of the shifting values that have been caused by family change in Yap.

1988-01-30  Family change

Palauan Custom

Changes in many of the most important Palauan customs demand a response today by Palauans.

1986-11-22  Cultural

When Spirits Roamed

Spirits were once everywhere, as this documentary on the traditional religions of the islands shows, but even after the arrival of Christianity they haven’t entirely disappeared.

2012 (60 mins) Island Topics #73   Cultural   Religion

First Class: Excellence in Public Schools

What makes a school good? Not so much the teachers’ degrees or the quality of the textbooks as the principal and a supportive community, this documentary shows.

2010 (42:38 mins) Island Topics #72   Education

A Walk Through the Past: Part 2

The historical photo albums on MicSem’s website done with motion and voice narration. This second disc covers World War II through the establishment of the new nations.

2010 (122:31 mins) Island Topics #71   History

A Walk Through The past: Part I

The historical photo albums on MicSem's website spruced up with movement and sound. This first disc offers nine albums from early contact through the end of the Japanese era.

2010 (96:29 mins) Island Topics #70   History

Junk Food! Danger!

Ramen and Kool Aids, like other junk food, can be tasty, but a steady diet will lead to stomach aches and much worse, as this video shows.

2010 (20:36 mins) Island Topics #69   Health

Power Comes in Many Forms

Lower your cash power bills by taking advantage of the free energy all around you. Six projects you can do to make heat, light and electricity from the sun, the wind, the water and coconuts.

2010 (48:00 mins) Island Topics #68   Environment

Feet First

Feet. We don’t think about them much until they give us trouble. Diabetes can bring on serious foot problems, as this drama shows, unless we take good care of our feet. 

2010 (24:00 mins) Island Topics #67   Health

The Missing Micronesians

They can be found in the most unlikely spots in the US, but these emigrants still keep their strong ties with home, sending millions of dollars each year to family and friends back home. 

2009 (56:00 mins) Island Topics #66   Compact   Economics   Migration

The Dreadful Flu

When an island is devastated by illness, a young man helps find the key to freeing the people from their plague. This drama shows what inoculation against the flu can mean for us all.

2009 (20:00 mins) Island Topics #65   Health

Ready for What?

Typhoons, fires, wave surges, epidemics? Emergencies can happen at any time, so it makes sense to know how to prepare for them. This documentary suggests how to get ready.

2009 (38 mins) Island Topics #64   Environment   Social Issues

History V: March Toward Self-Government

This final segment in the History of Micronesia video series presents the final two decades of US administration (1960-1980), when change was the order of the day, and traces the path to self-rule.

2009 (87:00 mins) Island Topics #63   Government   History

More? Or Less? Quantity Counts

In this drama an overfed family discovers that it's not just the kind of food that matters, but how much you eat.

2009 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #62   Health

You Are Not Alone

Rape shouldn’t be a problem in islands where nightcrawling is common, right? Listen to the stories that these people tell about sexual violence before you make up your mind.

2008 (34:00 mins) Island Topics #61   Social Issues

Ashes To Ashes

Documentary on the battle with tobacco. Three young islanders tell of relatives they’ve lost to smoking, while others recount how they kicked the habit.

2008 (20:00 mins) Island Topics #60   Health   Social Issues

History IV: Ruin & Reconstruction

This segment of the history of Micronesia video series highlights the damage of World War II, from American and island viewpoints, and the slow rebuilding efforts under the US, 1940-1960.

2008 (90:00 mins) Island Topics #59   History

History III: Sunburst in the South Sea

This video, the third in the History of Micronesia video series, offers a close up view of the glory years under Japanese rule, 1920-1940.

2008 (68:00 mins) Island Topics #58   History

Stop TB

There are a few things everyone in the Pacific needs to know about TB.  This short documentary points out what the disease is, how it spreads, and what to do if you’re at risk.

2007 (15:00 mins) Island Topics #57   Health

10,000 Steps

To beat diabetes, you don’t have to run marathons or do full-court basketball games.
For people beyond their prime, walking will do.  How about 10,000 steps a day?

2007 (21:00 mins) Island Topics #56   Health

History II: Planting The Foreign Flag

Part 2 in Micronesia history series. The video opens in 1885 with the contest between Spain and Germany for possession of the islands, and covers Spanish rule, the German development programs, and concludes with the takeover by Japan.

2007 (70:00 mins) Island Topics #55   History

History I: Early Encounters

Part 1 in Micronesian history series, this documentary shows the impact of early Spanish explorers, British indiamen, whalers, beachcombers, missionaries, and copra traders on the islands and their people.

2007 (70:00 mins) Island Topics #54   History

Don't Smoke That Cigarette

This Micronesian MTV features five numbers, all by local groups, challenging young people not to smoke.

2007 (23:00 mins) Island Topics #53   Health

Outcasts No Longer

Like lepers in the past, HIV victims in our day have been shunned as incurables, even though recent medical advances have made it possible to treat the disease effectively. It's high time to change our thinking about HIV/AIDS and our strategies for dealing with it.

2007 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #52   Health

To Chew or Not to Chew

A young man tries to make the big decision as he wends his way through the whacky world of betelnut users.

2007 (29:00 mins) Island Topics #51   Alcohol & Drugs   Health

Chasing the Dream

Even is not a pathway to the olympics, or the regional finals, sports can be a healthy and satisfying outlet for all. The video explores a broad range of athletics in FSM.<

2006 (21:55 mins) Island Topics #50   Health   Social Issues

Micronesians Abroad

An hour-long documentary offering a peek into the homes and hearts of emigrants to reveal the struggles they face and the strategies they use to cope in their new surroundings.

2006 (69:00 mins) Island Topics #49   Economics   Migration

Staying Connected

The wonders of information technology can help us keep in touch - with our own people abroad and with what the rest of the world has to offer us.

2006 (22:00 mins) Island Topics #48   Business

Before It's Too Late

Cervical Cancer is killing more women on Pohnpei than any other form of cancer. This documentary shows the human cost and what can be done to prevent it.

2006 (17:54 mins) Island Topics #47   Health

Going Yellow

In this video drama, a daffy family, with the help of a karat-crazed Texan, slowly begins to realize the benefits of adding yellow local foods to their diet.

2005 (29:00 mins) Island Topics #46   Health

Island Government: Making it Work

The dreams of past island leaders can only be realized if we make good government happen. But how do we deal with the cultural tensions along the way? This video portrays the dream and the obstacles in a lighthearted way.

2005 (46:13 mins) Island Topics #45   Cultural   Government

A Woman's Work Never Ends

Was a married woman's life always so harried? This lighthearted drama looks back to the past to find an answer to this question.

2005 (29:59 mins) Island Topics #44   Cultural   Family change   Social Issues

Pohnpei: Preserving Our Natural Heritage

A look at the three main ecosystems of Pohnpei and what each of us can do to help preserve them.

2004 (19:00 mins) Island Topics #43   Environment

Beyond the Spoken Word: Insuring the Legacy of Our Land

Once land rights were too important to be entrusted to a piece of paper. Now they're too important not to be. This documentary explains why, and what the Marshalls can do about registering land.

2004 (19:17 mins) Island Topics #42   Government   Land Issues

For the Love of Chuuk: Working Towards the Common Good

Beginning with the village dispensaries, this documentary probes the problem of governing Chuuk. If there are cultural explanations for them, there are also remedies.

2004 (41:34 mins) Island Topics #41   Cultural   Government

Suicide in Micronesia: Finding a Better Way Out

For 40 years the deadly epidemic of suicide has claimed hundreds of young lives. This documentary explores the causes and ways of addressing the suicide problem.

2004 (32:34 mins) Island Topics #40   Cultural   Family change   Suicide

Smokey Joe: You Smoke, I Choke.

This drama is the story of Smokey Joe, a good guy with a bad habit, as he begins to understand the effects of smoking on himself and others.

2003 (29:54 mins) Island Topics #39   Health

Pushing Out To Sea: Creating a New FSM Economy

For years the FSM economy has depended on US aid. This documentary examines what may be needed to get the island economy off the beach and out to sea during Compact II.

2003 (22:56 mins) Island Topics #38   Compact   Economics

The U.S. and the Marshalls: The Next 20 Years

A presentation of the terms of the re-negotiated Compact of Free Association: What the Marshalls will receive and what it hopes to achieve in the next 20 years.

2003 (37:00 mins) Island Topics #37   Compact   Government

Hitting Hard: Family Violence

When family arguments come to blows, where can women run for protection? This drama about two struggling families explores the options.

2003 (39:13 mins) Island Topics #36   Family change   Social Issues

Our Distant Relatives

A brief documentary highlighting health care problems with the US's Pacific cousins. Describes the social setting and the battle they fight for better health care.

2003 (11:00 mins) Island Topics #35   Economics   Health

Can We Talk, Mom?

When the kids are heading one way and the parents the other, there's a real risk of trouble. This drama makes a case for good communication between mother and daughter.

2002 (32:09 mins) Island Topics #34   Family change   Social Issues

Food Fight: Good vs. Rotten

Eating habits are a battleground in this drama, with good health at stake. A new hero, Good Nutrition Man, emerges with his partner, Exercise, to protect kids from the Rotten Food Gang.

2002 (34:16 mins) Island Topics #33   Health

Our Islands, Our Selves

This documentary, featuring footage from across Micronesia, presents the case for conservation, from highlands down to the reef. Each part of this integrated system affects the others and the lives of us all.

2002 (29:16 mins) Island Topics #32   Environment

I'll See You in Court

This courtroom drama, a spoof of TV court shows, offers a look at how the island court system works. The two episodes here dramatize a civil case and criminal case.<

2001 (32:28 mins) Island Topics #31  

The Legend of Bill: From Birth to Law

How does a bill become a law?  What happens to laws once they are made?  This video drama, acted by kids, presents the story of one bill's life history while illustrating the legislative and judicial process.

2001 (30:07 mins) Island Topics #30   Government

Off The Beaten Path

Where do you go to get a job?  Off the beaten path, a friendly gecko suggests, as he leads the hero of this video to a series of out-of-the-mainstream jobs.

2001 (28:58 mins) Island Topics #29   Business

The Job Hunt: Mission Impossible?

Stan travels to Guam in search of a job, but finds through a series of humorous mistakes that he lacks the basic skills necessary to be competitive.

2001 (24:41 mins) Island Topics #28   Business   Social Issues

Islands of Excellence

A documentary tour through Micronesia to some of the best public schools to uncover their success stories.

2001 (48:28 mins) Island Topics #27   Education

The Goals of Ed U. Cation

A disgruntled PTA meets consults a charlatan magician named Ed U. Cation on what is best for their children. The magician offers three educational options: cultural, vocational, and academic.

2001 (19:09 mins) Island Topics #26   Education

Just Blowin' Smoke

Why do people smoke? This video does a light-hearted survey of some of the reasons, and finds that in the end they're just blowin' smoke.

2000 (22:34 mins) Island Topics #25   Health

The Way We Were

Two kids discover the contrast in body size and eating habits between people today and their ancestors through the story of the mythic giant Uab.

2000 (25:42 mins) Island Topics #24   Health

It's My Own Land, Isn't It?

Two short spoofs that make a case for some government regulation of private land--zoning and eminent domain.

2000 (23:15 mins) Island Topics #23   Cultural   Government   Land Issues

Land: Investing in Our Future

Land, which has always been traditionally prized in the islands, takes on new meanings today. This documentary explores the ways in which land might be used as a resource.

2000 (26:00 mins) Island Topics #22   Economics   Land Issues

FSM: The US Pacific Outpost

A brief overview of US relations with Micronesia over the years. Focused on the FSM, this documentary surveys problems of development in the islands.

1999 (20:00 mins) Island Topics #21   Compact   Economics   Government

Youth Today: How Can We Help?

A documentary on youth groups around Micronesia, church-run and civic, and how they try to impact on the lives of young Micronesians.

1999 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #20   Religion   Social Issues

It Could Be You!

Sexual issues in today's Micronesia--STDs, AIDS, and teen pregnancy--presented in the form of four short dramas.

1999 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #19   Health

The Colony

A brief historical tour of the remains of the Spanish colony in Pohnpei with a commentary by Javier Galvan from Spain.

1999 (9:00 mins) Island Topics #18   History

Mind Your Own Business

The misadventures of a man who, when laid off from his government position, tries to open a private business with a bank loan.

1999 (35:00 mins) Island Topics #17   Business   Cultural

Living the Sweet Life: Diabetes in Micronesia

A humorous dramatization of a serious health issue in Micronesia illustrating the symptoms of diabetes and the lifestyle changes necessary to manage the disease.<

1998 (26:00 mins) Island Topics #16   Health

The Strangers Among Us (Parts 2)

An introduction to migrant workers, featuring a segment on Micronesias on Guam. Asks whether we see soemthing of ourselves in these strangers.

1998 (23:00 mins) Island Topics #15   Social Issues   Migration

The Strangers Among Us (Parts I)

An introduction to migrant workers, Asians and Micronesians alike: their dreams, frustrations, escapes in a land that is not theirs and featuring a segment on Micronesians on Guam. Asks whether we see something of ourselves in these strangers.

1998 (28:00 mins) Island Topics #14   Social Issues   Migration

Take Me to Your Island

An hour-long look at the foreigners who have come to Pohnpei, with their quirks and high hopes.

1998 (62:00 mins) Island Topics #13   Business   Cultural

Breaking the Ice

A documentary on the Crystal Methamphetamine or "ice" addiction problem gripping the people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

1997 (22:00 mins) Island Topics #12   Alcohol & Drugs   Health

The Upside Down Economy

A Micronesian leader once compared the FSM economy to a turtle on its back, its feet kicking but going nowhere. This video examines the condition of the economy and what will have to be done to right it.

1997 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #11   Economics   Government

A Matter of Peace, a Question of Justice

Roundtable on how conflict resolution is handled in the courts and how it was done traditionally. Features John Mangefel, Nickontro Johnny, and Emilio Musrasrik.

1996 (33:00 mins) Island Topics #10   Social Issues

Reflections on Anger

A look at how Micronesians handle anger and how it sometimes controls them. Reflection on how negative emotions could be dealt with more productively.

1996 (31:00 mins) Island Topics #9   Cultural   Social Issues

Too High

Lyrical documentary on alcohol abuse in the islands, with the title taken from a Daniel Rae Costello song.

1996 (25:00 mins) Island Topics #8   Alcohol & Drugs   Social Issues

Owning Our Own Health

Documentary on what Micronesia can do to improve the quality of health services and to take full ownership of its own health system.

1995 (35:00 mins) Island Topics #7   Health

More Than Just Doctors

A look at the quality of health care in Micronesia. Shows some of the problems that must be faced, more than graduating young Micronesian doctors

1995 (31:00 mins) Island Topics #6   Health

Beneath Paradise (Domestic Violence)

Roundtable discussion on child abuse and spouse abuse in Micronesia examining the social changes that may be increasing the problem. Features William Eperiam, Joshua Phillip, and Tina Takeshy.

1995 (41:00 mins) Island Topics #5   Family change   Social Issues

Voices of Pohnpei (Part 2)

A history of Pohnpei, but from the inside. Uses legends and archeology to delineate the high points in Pohnpei's past, ending where history usually begins - with the arrival of the Europeans.

1995 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #4   Cultural   History

Voices of Pohnpei (Part I)

A history of Pohnpei, but from the inside. Uses legends and archeology to delineate the high points in Pohnpei's past, ending where history usually begins - with the arrival of the Europeans.

1995 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #3   Cultural   History

Women's Changing Role in micronesia

A look at how the traditional roles of women, once very important, have changed. Special emphasis on Chuuk and Yap outer islands, but with application across Micronesia.

1995 (34:00 mins) Island Topics #2   Cultural   Family change

After the Compact, What Then?

Roundtable discussion garnished with interviews on what will happen to Micronesia at the end of the 15 year Compact of Free Association in the year 2001. Features Resio Moses, William Iriarte and Alex Panuelo.

1994 (46:00 mins) Island Topics #1   Compact   Government

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