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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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