Archive for August, 2013

August 29, 2013

Klaiuecholt A Oles (Uncivilized Palau)

By Santy Asanuma —-

This is the new way. Definitely it is not from Palauan origin but imported from the American “the Jones has it competition” and the cut throat corporate culture to promote self-interest (sel kmal di moungil er kau) with profit as the highest goal to reach. In Palauan principle, the beluu (community) well being is the highest goal and all individuals in the beluu have to contribute to it. As a matter of fact in this model, it is common that individuals will make great sacrifices to make it possible. People at times would give up their lands for community use or expend great amount of wealth for community feast (mur) that went on up to a week or even give up one of their men to be beheaded (blebaol) as ultimate price to pay to prevent war attack on their village.

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August 28, 2013

Ngeltengat

Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

Spirituality has always been an influential aspect of the Palauan culture. Whether it’s the belief in a certain religion or simply having faith in a higher power and the anticipation of a perfect place beyond the present, klaumerang has always been a powerful source of assurance and absolution in our everyday lives.

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August 27, 2013

Ollachitnger (Cultural Directives)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Mechesil Belau is gearing into its 20th annual conference (2013). Will they tackle the social problems of Palau today? This brings us to a hard question of who gets to decide on what proper or improper conduct (omeruul ma blekeradel) is in Palau? Culture supposedly provides guidelines on how people behave both individually and collectively at home and in public places. It includes everything that is important to Palauans as people. I seriously hope as many others do that “a redelad” (our mothers) will look into our cultural well being over all other issues during this year’s conference.

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August 27, 2013

“Ate”, Childrearing, and Mechesil Belau

Contributed Commentary to Tia Belau, August 26, 2013 —- 

The following commentary was sent over for publication by Mr. Richard Salvador in response to article titled “Ate” and the young “Supervisor” which appeared in the column “Words from Orakidorm” last Thursday issue, August 22, 2013, in Tia Belau. 

by Richard Salvador

This is a strange piece of writing! It raises the relevant issue of locating one of the possible causes of aggression and violence among Belau’s youth. However, it’s informal even odd style of writing betrays the serious and troubling manner in which contemporary childrearing in Belau may be a contributing factor to youth violence.

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August 26, 2013

House charting new path with State Governments

Tia Belau Editorial, August 22, 2013 —-  

Are the state governments still relevant? This question comes to mind when one is reviewing the number of earmarks contained in the House version of the FY 2014 budget request.

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August 25, 2013

An Excursion Into The Middle Kingdom

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The brokerage business has its perks. Last week was one of those fortunate times when a client shouldered my expenses for a due diligence excursion to “Zhongguo” or “middle kingdom”, which was the original name of China.  Zhong means “middle” and guo means, “capital”. Zhongguo is best translated to mean “central country” but, the term was used during the Qing Dynasty in 1689 to mean, “Center of civilizations”.

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August 23, 2013

“Ate” and the young “Supervisor”

Words from Orakidorm —-  

The “young supervisor” is barely 5 years old and ordering his “Ate”, the domestic helper, to fetch him a glass of water. Mom and Dad are both at work (they have to, I guess) and he is eating chicken nuggets and drinking lemon tea while watching MTV (violent video) on a 54 inch flat screen TV with quadraphonic speakers mounted on the marble ceiling. Ate leaves the ironing which she was doing after she had cleaned the whole house and grandma, to fetch the young supervisor his water. “Throw away my trash,” he orders. He has learned to request things by observing his parents “ordering” the Ate around and has never heard the word “please” associated with any of the requests.

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August 22, 2013

Celebrating Mechesil Belau’s 20th Anniversary

Tia Belau Editorial, August 19, 2003 —-

Toward of the end of this August, the Mechesil Belau will be holding their 20th anniversary. This is by far, the longest running continuous conference held in Palau.

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August 20, 2013

Kora ngodech

By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

So a couple of weeks ago, during lunch hour, we were driving down the main road when we saw like five or six people dancing their tails off on the verandah at the new coffee joint in Koror. I immediately turned to my other half and asked with a frown, “Tirke te cheltelaol?” And she replied, “Ng diak. Te tourist. You don’t have to be drunk to dance.”

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August 20, 2013

Customizing Customs

 

 

 

This article appeared on Santy Asanuma’s “Ngarker Olbechel” column by a guest writer. (note: a foreigner and guest commentator with strong views on being Palauan) —- 

Are some of the Customs of Palau having little redeeming value today?

One of the many purposes of writing this column for Tia Belau News, “The Darkness of Time,” is to have people think, think about things and what is going on and what people themselves are doing.

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August 19, 2013

Home is the Birth Place of …

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

All of us are capable of violence whether it is destruction of property or person’s physical being. Though we do not often speak of it; I believe that verbal assault on person’s being and identity, such as calling our children “stupid”, “idiot” and words of similar category are in essence violent because they destroy a child’s sense of security and well-being.

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August 18, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Program Can Help Deter Crimes

By Jackson M. Henry —-

The recent spate of crimes in Palau has shattered our image as a peaceful island paradise. Government officials and traditional leaders are now groping for quick and permanent solutions to “kill this cancer from menacing our communities”.

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August 17, 2013

Priority Must Be Given To BPS Strategic Assessment Report Recommendations

Tia Belau Editorial, August 15, 2013 —- 

The reason that criminal offenders are incarcerated is to remove them from doing more harm to the people and the community. But in recent weeks, the confidence of the public of living in a safe and secured neighborhood is waning thin.

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August 15, 2013

A response to Belau’s community forum on crime and violence

The following comment was posted by Mr. Richard Salvador in the comment section of the post “Preventing Crime and Violence“.

I read this editorial. And yesterday, I sat down and listened to all of the audio recordings of the community forum on crime and violence. It seemed to have been a very good forum and I congratulate Belau for initiating such an important forum on such a vital issue of the day – that of acknowledging the ever increasing instances of crime and violence throughout the community and exploring ways to prevent them.

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August 15, 2013

“Aunty-pendent”

Words from Orakidorm —- 

An article titled, “The Cruel Dilemma: Money Economies in the Pacific” by Father Hezel discusses some of the painful issues that confronts small island societies like Palau in thinking through their economic strategies. One of the irony brought up by this article is the very idea of “preserving our culture” by those who are in a position to exploit it the most. For example, “cash economy” is divergently opposite of “subsistence economy” in moving our nation into or within this age of modernity and those who owns “cash” change the culture.

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August 14, 2013

Dr. Otto’s remark at the swearing-in for U.N ambassador

Remarks at the Swearing-In

Permanent Resident Representative to the UN, Dr. Caleb Otto

 Al-salaam-aliekum –Arabic

Ni hau ma –  Chinese

Good morning- English

Bonjour – French

Dob’raye oo’tro – Russian

Buenos Dias – Spanish

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August 13, 2013

Seizing Asia’s Golden Opportunities

By Jackson M. Henry —-

One of Palau’s most distinguishing investment features is our close proximity to the Tiger economies of Asia. It is no secret that proximity to world’s financial centers is a blessing for any emerging economies. As they say about real estate values, “location, location, location”. Given that Palau is in the midst of economic build up, our distance to China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore is such a blessing that one can only described it as, “An opportunity made in Heaven”.

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August 11, 2013

The Ongerung Show

Join me at 8 p.m. every Thursday nights at the Palau Wave Radio 89.9 FM for a dose of Palau history and culture. For The Ongerung Show  podcast, check http://palauwaveradio.com/.

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August 10, 2013

Singist…

By Gaafar J. Uherbelau —-

As most of you know Palau’s culture, traditional practices, dances and chants have always been passed on through generations by word of mouth and visual demonstration. Written records and hieroglyphics are extremely rare as they may have never existed before the colonial times.

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August 9, 2013

Sex Violence and Die for Palau

By Santy Asanuma —-

Child Psychology 101. Excuse my language but there is no way around calling it some names because it so abound (ng kmal di merael mo klou) in our society. Like the other serious problems that are causing hardships and disruptions in our society, we rather not talk about it. Palau is so wired for social disorder by the way we are living our lives these days. The youth as a collective class in our society is like an approaching comet that we only know has picked up tremendous speed and can possibly collide with planet earth with apocalyptic (ulebengelel a klengar) result. In a sense, we have resigned to the fact that our youth are like cosmic (ngara melidiul) bodies that we have no control over them and how they behave. Really?

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