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Remaking Footprints: Palauan Migrants in Hawai'i

Remaking Footprints: Palauan Migrants in Hawai'i Remaking Footprints: Palauan Migrants in Hawai‘i Isebong Asang A omerolek from Palau was made possible by relatives and acquain- tances along the way. I would like to go home someday, but now it is my turn to help my children and others.” A omerolek (my trip) is part of a story told by Serek, a sixty-three-year-old retired Palauan man from Ngaraard State who came to Honolulu about twenty-eight years ago. With a faraway look in his lively eyes, Serek tells of a journey filled with hard work and sacrifices made possible by a tapestry of helping hands— klaingeseu. When he left Palau, Serek had hopes of getting a higher edu- cation. His family helped him save enough money to buy a one-way ticket to Guam, where he lived with relatives until he saved enough money to move to Honolulu a year later. In Honolulu Serek relied on his older brother’s generosity until he found gainful employment with a plumbing company. The Chinese proprietor grew to trust and rely on him, eventu- ally offering him company housing in exchange for security duties in the evenings. He lives with his wife in the same house, although he retired from the company http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Remaking Footprints: Palauan Migrants in Hawai'i

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

Remaking Footprints: Palauan Migrants in Hawai‘i Isebong Asang A omerolek from Palau was made possible by relatives and acquain- tances along the way. I would like to go home someday, but now it is my turn to help my children and others.” A omerolek (my trip) is part of a story told by Serek, a sixty-three-year-old retired Palauan man from Ngaraard State who came to Honolulu about twenty-eight years ago. With a faraway look in his lively eyes, Serek tells of a journey filled with hard work and sacrifices made possible by a tapestry of helping hands— klaingeseu. When he left Palau, Serek had hopes of getting a higher edu- cation. His family helped him save enough money to buy a one-way ticket to Guam, where he lived with relatives until he saved enough money to move to Honolulu a year later. In Honolulu Serek relied on his older brother’s generosity until he found gainful employment with a plumbing company. The Chinese proprietor grew to trust and rely on him, eventu- ally offering him company housing in exchange for security duties in the evenings. He lives with his wife in the same house, although he retired from the company

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2001

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