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Marshall Islands' Travel Book Uncovers Uniqueness of "Old" and "New"

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 02, 2010 - 05:38 PM
Marshall Islands' Travel Book Uncovers Uniqueness of "Old" and "New"


A writing project to promote visitor interest in the Marshall Islands has evolved into a travel book of essays, photos, and portraits, highlighting the unique charms and attractions of Majuro, the capital atoll of the small Pacific nation.

Floyd K. Takeuchi, a writer-photographer with over three decades of journalism experience in the Asia-Pacific region, authored the paperback, Majuro: Essays from an Atoll.

Rep. Flake's Marshall Islands' Adventure Gets Washington Media Attention

Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 12, 2009 - 07:11 PM
Rep. Flake's Marshall Islands' Adventure Gets Washington Media Attention

Rep.Jeff Flake

  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation By Jeff Flake - 13-page journal of seven-day stay on Jabonwod, Kwajalein (PDF)
  • The Hill: Rep. Flake's survivalist vacation in the tropics - coverage of Flake Diary and photos.
  • Washington Post: 1 Rep., 1 Week, 1 Deserted Island - Story and Photos: Flake "Roughing it" in the Marshall Islands
  • Yokwe Online: Rep. Flake Returns from His Own Marshall Islands "Survivor" Adventure - Flashback: September Interviews

  • Short Spots Include Dishonorable Mentions from Home and Abroad

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 30, 2004 - 02:57 PM

    A Different Take on Dishonorable Mentions for the Marshall Islands

    Is the Marshall Islands in Micronesia, Melanesia, or Polynesia? Looks like some people that should know, do not. In Sunday's Denver Post, a University professor quotes a former US Interior undersecretary. The Iraqi people are going to recognize where the real power is, he said. When the U.S. offered a form of self-government to the Marshall Islands, a Melanesian chief said to him, "We know on whose stoop to put the breadfruit."

    One of those "island natives know best" stories. Only problem, the professor and undersecretary got it all wrong. They were not the only ones who got it wrong this past week.

    Short Spots about Taiwan and Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on May 14, 2004 - 02:29 AM

    A Different Take on the Taiwan - Marshall Islands Connection

    Fifteen heads of state and over 400 foreign guests from 51 countries will attend President Chen Shui-bian's inauguration ceremony on May 20, the biggest bash in Republic of China's 93-year history. In fact, the famous Michael Jordan, traveling there on a Nike tour, can't find a classy-enough hotel suite for his Taipei visit. An ROC spokesman said, referring to the heads of state, "Of course we have to put them up in rooms that reflect their rank."

    Jordan is supposedly worth about US$400 million. That's about four times greater than the 2002 GDP for the Marshall Islands, whose president, Kessai Note, is attending the inauguration, said a Bloomberg report. So much for rank.

    Island Short Spots as Seen by ROC News

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jan 23, 2004 - 10:24 AM

    A different perspective presented by Taiwan News

    An assortment of articles, from Taiwan, followed the visit of Republic of China's (ROC) foreign affairs minister during inauguation week. What was said about the Marshalls ranged from scandalous expose to checkbook diplomacy.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien's island-hopping during a referendum crisis provoked domestic criticism and cut short his trip. In the meantine, a Taipei Times reporter covering the travels of the ROC entourage had plenty of time to record her views of Majuro life. Melody Chen informed the people back home that the Taiwanese Association in the Marshall Islands, consisting of about 80 Taiwanese businessmen based in the Marshall Islands, greeted Chien's delegation upon arrival.

    A Different Take on This Week's News

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Nov 28, 2003 - 01:39 PM

    A Different Take on This Week's News by Yokwe Online

    The once, little-known Marshall Islands gets attention these days from news about adoption of Marshallese babies, Compact migration impact, Kwajalein missile tests, and US nuclear legacy compensation. Some coverage gets it right, pointedly bringing island concerns to the forefront; however, much of the time, it's more fiction, than fact.

    Topping the list this week is an eye-catching, though unfortunate, overly-simplistic statement. "The Marshall Islands have two things of value: a missile-launching location -- a range which the United States uses in return for the Compact of Free Association -- and infants who are worth a lot of money," said Nancy Partika, director of Hawaii's Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, in a Pacific Business News interview.

    So Marshalls' business leaders can now stop worrying about development in other areas? Just make postcards for the Kwaj Missile Range and put out catalogs for the babies.

    Short Spots: What are they saying about the Marshall Islands?

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 24, 2003 - 02:40 AM
    Yokwe Online has searched the world over for interesting and recent news tidbits from a variety of online sources. This collection highlights some of "what is being said about the Marshalls."

    Have you heard about the New York Times writer who opened his response to the Columbia shuttle disaster with The Words of Juon Iroij in Majol...Years ago, the aged chief of Enewetak, in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific, was asked if he knew that men had landed on the Moon. He took a while replying. "Yes," he said finally, "and I hear they came back." This meant something to the chief because his people were at last returning to their atoll, once a test site of hydrogen bombs. For him, coming back, despite assurances, was not risk-free. Nor is it ever for astronauts...

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