In late October, a majority of parliamentary representatives of the Republic of the Marshall Islands voted to eliminate absentee voting by mail for Marshallese living overseas. The new law affects thousands of islanders residing in the U.S., including Arkansas. We talk with a member of Parliament about the decision, get reaction from a Marshallese politician living in Springdale, and gather analysis from a noted Marshall Islands newspaper editor.
"Aejemjem" is a new quarterly literary magazine by and for Marshallese. Melanie Carbine is editor and contributor to the bilingual journal. She's visiting northwest Arkansas this summer, in search of stories, and came by to talk with us about her endeavor. The soft-bound journals can be purchased on Patreon.
Therapists, social workers, scientists and community advocates gathered at the UAMS Northwest campus Tuesday in Fayetteville to hear research scientists Nia Aitaoto and Andrew Subica discuss Pacific Islander mental health issues and cultural competency.
Last week, hundreds of Pacific Islanders from a dozen nations and key U.S. states gathered in Fayetteville for a health summit hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest campus. Research scientists, health care providers, and public health experts working with Pacific Islander populations, including Ozark Marshallese, were on-hand.
Dr. Sheldon Riklon, a Marshallese family practice physician who resides in Hawaii is joining the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Arkansas. Dr. Riklon is in Fayetteville this week for a global Pacific Islander Health gathering in Fayetteville, where we caught up with him.