On May 30th, 2018, I interviewed Bobbie Lizama at the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club in Southeast San Diego. Born in August of 1955 on the island of Guam, Bobbie shares stories of her hometown in the village of Yoña and her upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings. As the responsible eldest child, she knows what each of her family members is up to, even to this day. In the interview, Bobbie also discusses her time in the military. She served in the U.S. Army for five years and continued her working life in civil service, primarily as a human resources specialist. WhileRead More →

  For many Pacific Islanders, history is tied to colonialism, militarism, and invisibility. This piece seeks to contrast the Chamorro experience to mainstream American academia. While the Chamorro community doesn’t strive for equality with mainstream American culture, there is a lasting connection between America and the Northern Mariana Islands. This connection has brought resilient Chamorro families to America, where Chamorro youth continue to struggle with access to higher education.Read 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 →