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Creating Options: Forming a Marshallese Community in Orange County, California

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Title:Creating Options: Forming a Marshallese Community in Orange County, California
Authors:Hess, Jim
Nero, Karen L.
Burton, Michael L.
Keywords:community formation
exchange relationships
family relationships
Marshall Islanders
migrant communities
show 2 moremigration decisions
Orange County
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LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:2001
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Hess, J., K. L. Nero, and M. L. Burton. 2001. Creating Options: Forming a Marshallese Community in Orange County, California. The Contemporary Pacific 13 (1): 89-121.
Abstract:Founded by individuals pursuing higher education in the United States, the Marshallese
community in Orange County today also represents family and national
interests in access to business opportunities, employment, education, medical
services, and other goals. This community has become an “official” Marshallese
overseas community, site of the first Marshallese consulate in the mainland
United States, and a link between overseas Marshallese and the home islands.
Individuals and family units traverse networks of inter-linked households, highlighting
processes of Islanders’ investments, including at least a short-term reversal
of theoretically expected remittance flows. We explore the process of community
formation, and compare rural and urban sites in the Marshall Islands to
call attention to the community’s place in a system of geographically dispersed
locations within the global political economy.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2001 - Volume 13, Number 1

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