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Micronesians ‘Younger, Sicker’ Than Other Hawaii Groups Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Micronesians ‘Younger, Sicker’ Than Other Hawaii Groups

Compared with Japanese, Hawaiians and whites, they suffer cancer, substance abuse and cardiac and infectious diseases at earlier ages

Yes, You Can Be A Micronesian And A Doctor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yes, You Can Be A Micronesian And A Doctor

PODCAST: Oahu physician Sheldon Riklon is an inspiration for Micronesians and an epiphany for others.
Help For Micronesia ‘Atomic Veterans’ U.S. Defense Special Weapons Agency

Help For Micronesia ‘Atomic Veterans’

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai wants to extend benefits to veterans who helped clean up Micronesia nuclear contamination.
The New Kids On The Block: A ‘Hidden Minority’ Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

The New Kids On The Block: A ‘Hidden Minority’

The Micronesian diaspora has spread out across the country, but many Americans still don’t realize who their new neighbors are.

SLIDESHOW: Mainland Diaspora Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Mainland Diaspora

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.
Jobs And The Economy: It’s Only Going To Get Worse Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Jobs And The Economy: It’s Only Going To Get Worse

The U.S. has been funneling billions of dollars to Micronesian nations since 1986. That money is very likely going to dry up in just eight years. Then what?

SLIDESHOW: Pohnpei And Kosrae Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Pohnpei And Kosrae

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.
Climate Change: ‘The Single Greatest Threat To Our Existence’ Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Climate Change: ‘The Single Greatest Threat To Our Existence’

Rising tides and changing ecosystems are destroying the subsistence lifestyle on many islands in Micronesia. If disease and a sinking economy don’t drive residents away, global warming just might.

SLIDESHOW: Ebeye and Majuro Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

SLIDESHOW: Ebeye and Majuro

Nuclear testing took a heavy toll on the Marshall Islands in the 1940s and '50s, and health effects remain. Today, the low-lying atolls are threatened by climate change.
Health Care: Migration Is Often a Matter of Survival Mark Edward Harris/Civil Beat

Health Care: Migration Is Often a Matter of Survival

Diabetes and cancer are rampant throughout Micronesia, largely thanks to the legacy of nuclear tests and Western culture. But most islands lack adequate medical facilities, making migration a necessity.

The Odyssey of Jonithen Jackson Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Odyssey of Jonithen Jackson

This “nuclear nomad” just wants to go home. Except home is a contaminated atoll 2,000 miles away.

‘A Journey That Has No Ending’ U.S. Department of Defense

‘A Journey That Has No Ending’

Most Americans have never even heard of the Compact of Free Association, but that may change as federal aid runs out, raising urgent questions about our moral, financial and legal responsibility to Micronesians.