Mark Edward Harris is a freelance photojournalist based in Los Angeles. He has a master's degree in Pictorial/Documentary History. Mark started his professional photography career doing the stills for the Merv Griffin Show and various television and movie companies and later worked extensively in Southeast Asia, China and Japan. He since has visited and photographed in 90 countries. His books include "Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work," "The Way of the Japanese Bath," "Wanderlust," "North Korea," "South Korea," and "Inside Iran." "North Korea" was named Photography Book of the Year at the 2013 International Photography Awards.
The Micronesian exodus is taking tens of thousands of people to communities throughout the U.S. By some estimates, 30 percent of those in the Pacific region have left their home countries, with about half of the immigrants now living on the mainland.
Pohnpei and Kosrae are two places where the residents live simple rural lifestyles, with fishing and farming as a way of life. But many people also struggle with alcohol and drug abuse and U.S. dollars do little to help pay for services.
Hawaii and Guam are feeling the effects of thousands of Micronesian immigrants relocating in search of jobs, education and health care. But with the burden on social services comes a rich cultural contribution.