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When Dr. Sheldon Riklon spoke to a group of Micronesian young people earlier this year, he heard the murmurs when he said where he was born.

“Really?” they asked. “You’re from Ebeye?”

By now the Oahu physician has gotten used to being a role model, and he welcomes the chance to inspire his fellow Micronesians and dispel the myth that his people are underachievers.

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Read our series, “The Micronesians: An Untold Story of American Immigration.”

Ozark Islanders Marshallese in North-West Arkansas. Dr. Sheldon Riklon speaks during First Friday -- Lunch and Learn, department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 6 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dr. Sheldon Riklon often has to repeat himself. Yes, he is a physician from Micronesia.

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