Joakim Peter is from the Mortlock Islands of Chuuk State, in the Federated States of Micronesia. He is recognized as both educator and advocate for Micronesian diaspora communities in the Pacific region. This book is autobiographical which makes it a rarity among Micronesian storytellers. Dr. Peter vividly describes his childhood growing up on Ettal, an atoll in the outer island chain. While in high school, he suffered a spinal cord injury which resulted in quadriplegia. His story is one of resilience, self-determination, optimism and appreciation. This book is appropriate for anyone who is interested in Pacific island cultures and ways of life, including the disability experience as described by one who lives it.
About the Authors: Joakim Peter, Ph.D., graduated both from the University of Guam and the University of Hawai'i. His graduate studies include two Master’s degrees in history and Pacific island studies; and a Ph.D. in Exceptionalities. For 15 years Dr. Peter served as Cultural and Education Specialist and Director of the Chuuk campus, College of Micronesia - FSM, before returning to Hawai’i in 2011 to pursue his doctoral studies. From 2013 to 2017 Dr. Peter served as Outreach Liaison with Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i supporting Honolulu’s Micronesian diaspora communities and other homeless populations. In 2017 he became Hawai'i’s first Micronesian commissioner — appointed by Governor David Ige to serve on the Hawai’i State Civil Rights Commission. Dr. Peter currently serves as “Senior Specialist for Community Engagement and Educational Equity” with Pacific Resources in Education and Learning (PREL) — a Hawai’i based organization dedicated to improving education throughout the Pacific basin. James Skouge, Ed.D., is a retired professor of disability studies and assistive technology from the University of Hawai'i. Dr. Skouge promoted digital storytelling throughout the Pacific region, “giving voice” to Pacific Islanders with and without disabilities. He and his wife Sharon now enjoy their retirement careers in both Honolulu and Victoria, British Columbia.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 165 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1727735838
- ISBN-13 : 978-1727735833
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.42 x 10 inches