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The Marshall Islands--Living Atolls Amidst the Living Sea: The National Biodiversity Report of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and: The Republic of the Marshall Islands' Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (review)

The Marshall Islands--Living Atolls Amidst the Living Sea: The National Biodiversity Report of... book and media reviews of destruction and abuse that must be told in front of the Nuclear Claims Tribunal. As Barker recognizes, "Marshallese have become actively engaged . . . in redefining history to include their own experiences" (158). Nothing could be truer. Nevertheless, although they certainly include the counter-hegemonic story of abuse that Barker's Bravo for the Marshallese inscribes for readers, histories are intricate and multifaceted. The story Barker tells the world on behalf of the Marshallese is an incredibly important one for undergraduates who may need to begin to question the "Father Knows Best" image that the United States likes to project onto its international activities. But embedded in these Marshallese stories of the nuclear-testing era is a richer and more differentiated set of meanings. Viewers of O'Rourke's Half-Life get some sense of this diversity by comparing the disgruntled stories of several Rongelap residents with the juxtaposed tales of American good will, such as the one quoted above. Indeed, a similarly diverse array of interpretative histories exists throughout the northern Marshall Islands today. While Barker presents one viable Marshallese rendering in order to demonstrate the considerable abuses Marshallese have suffered as a result of US nuclear http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Marshall Islands--Living Atolls Amidst the Living Sea: The National Biodiversity Report of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and: The Republic of the Marshall Islands' Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 16 (2) – Aug 31, 2004

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book and media reviews of destruction and abuse that must be told in front of the Nuclear Claims Tribunal. As Barker recognizes, "Marshallese have become actively engaged . . . in redefining history to include their own experiences" (158). Nothing could be truer. Nevertheless, although they certainly include the counter-hegemonic story of abuse that Barker's Bravo for the Marshallese inscribes for readers, histories are intricate and multifaceted. The story Barker tells the world on behalf of the Marshallese is an incredibly important one for undergraduates who may need to begin to question the "Father Knows Best" image that the United States likes to project onto its international activities. But embedded in these Marshallese stories of the nuclear-testing era is a richer and more differentiated set of meanings. Viewers of O'Rourke's Half-Life get some sense of this diversity by comparing the disgruntled stories of several Rongelap residents with the juxtaposed tales of American good will, such as the one quoted above. Indeed, a similarly diverse array of interpretative histories exists throughout the northern Marshall Islands today. While Barker presents one viable Marshallese rendering in order to demonstrate the considerable abuses Marshallese have suffered as a result of US nuclear

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 31, 2004

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