Archive for August 27th, 2013

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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