To the future students of HIUS144, Hello! My name is Ha’ani, and I am one of the first students of the Race and Oral History course offered at UC San Diego in the Spring of 2018. I was born and raised on of Guam, which is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and home to the indigenous Chamorro people. My father is Chamorro and my mother is from American Samoa, so that makes me an indigenous Pacific Islander woman. I moved to San Diego in Fall 2015 in order to attend UC San Diego, but I do travel back to GuamRead More →

This painting was inspired from my interview with Francesca Christine Camacho, one of my good friends who moved from Guam to California to receive collegiate, higher-education. During our conversation, she kept referencing the complex history of Guam, which inherently impacts the culture and identity of the Chamorro people as well. I wanted to engage in this notion of “authenticity” of the Chamorro culture, where Francesca states that Guam has an extremely intersectional livelihood that stems from Japanese occupation, Spanish and American colonization, Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander art, and influence from the Philippines among many others. I decided to recreate the Great Seal of GuamRead More →

       Francesca Christine Camacho was born in Tamuning, Guam in 1997 and is currently attending the University of California, Irvine. She graduated high-school from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and then moved to California in 2015 to pursue higher-education in the field of law. Her parents, Frank Gerard Camacho and Edeine Laguana Camacho, are both of Chamorro descent, which is the Indigenous people of the island of Guam. In this interview, Francesca discusses some social and cultural issues and discrepancies that she has experienced from both living on Guam and in the continental United States. Some of the topics Francesca discussesRead More →

Being a Chamorro woman born and raised on Guam, I was so excited to hear that CHE’LU was a community partner of the HIUS144 course. I was even more thrilled to find that I would be partnering with this organization to conduct and record an oral history project. I travelled to the Sons & Daughters of Guam clubhouse for the first time with Ryan Okazaki and Krystle Montgomery, although they had visited the week before. When we arrived, the clubhouse instantly remind me of the village mayor’s offices back on Guam. The appearance of the clubhouse contributed to this, but also the integration of aRead More →

When I first heard that our HIUS144 class was visiting Chicano Park for a field trip, I did not know what to expect because I had never visited it. I moved to San Diego three years ago, and I honestly have rarely heard anything about the park- where it was located, what its significance was, who founded it, etc. As I stared out the bus windows trying to see where this place was located, I was stunned to find that we had stopped at the bottom of the freeway. Looking at the vibrant paintings that adorned the walls of this small space, I realized thatRead More →