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The Human Costs of "Free Association": Socio-Cultural Narratives and the Legal Battle for Micronesian Health in Hawai'i

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Title: The Human Costs of "Free Association": Socio-Cultural Narratives and the Legal Battle for Micronesian Health in Hawai'i
Authors: Serrano, Susan K.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: John Marshall Law Review
Citation: Serrano, S. The Human Costs of "Free Association": Socio-Cultural Narratives and the Legal Battle for Micronesian Health in Hawai'i. 47 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1377 2013-2014
Related To: http://repository.jmls.edu/lawreview/vol47/iss4/12/
Abstract: In 1947, under the newly formed United Nations, the Micronesian islands region became the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, part of an International Trusteeship System established to help former colonies move towards independence. The goal of the trusteeship was to promote the political, economic, social and educational "advancement of the inhabitants," their "self-sufficiency" and "health," and their "development . . . toward self-government or independence."' The United States became the trustee of the region under this mandate. But in the late 1940s and 1950s, the United States - as their trustee - dropped sixtyseven atomic bombs on the Marshall Islands as part of its nuclear testing program, devastating not only the Marshallese homelands but also the health of the Marshallese and Micronesian people for ensuing decades. Radioactive ash entered the islanders' lungs, stuck to their skin, and was played with and ingested by children. Horrific health effects, including thyroid and other cancers, and birth defects such as babies born without recognizable human shapes, were linked directly to the nuclear testing program.
Pages/Duration: 24 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/46073
Appears in Collections:Serrano, Susan K.



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