The Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC) has been publishing research-based, evidence-driven academic texts primarily focused on historical and contemporary issues impacting the social, political, economic, and sustainable development of Western Pacific islands and communities for over 30 years.
MARC Publications include a variety of historical texts about Guam and Micronesia dating back to the late 1600s. From Spanish and other European accounts of their travels to the Marianas to the history of baseball in Palau, MARC Publications offers readers an extensive collection to choose from.
MARC Publications also include a series of working papers and other resources available upon email request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please find the full listing of MARC Publications, Working Papers and Resources in our Catalog (provide link to catalog here).
In partnership with Guampedia, MARC Publications also has free e-publications available on the Guampedia website.
Histoire des isles Marianes (History of the Mariana Islands), written in Paris in 1700, provides a detailed glimpse into a tumultuous and critically significant period in the history of the Mariana Islands and the Chamorro people – the period commonly referred to as the Spanish-Chamorro Wars.
This report written by Governor Francisco Olive contains his insights about the social, political, and economic conditions of the Marianas. He focuses on the underdevelopment of the islands and draws the Spanish Government to look back at the colony’s history, specifically the second half of the 19th century. The report reflects the colonial mentality of Olive, who stresses the responsibility of the Spanish Government to the inhabitants of the Marianas, leaving unchallenged the right of Spain to maintain its sovereignty over the islands.
In this anthropological study of a neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism-Dementia Complex (ALS/PDC) in Guam, Western Pacific, Verena Keck intertwines three separate perspectives of history, medicine, and anthropology.
As much autobiography as biography, this book celebrates the life and work of Palau’s Felix K. Yaoch, S.J. It is composed of conversations with Fr. Felix, a legend, a statement before U.S. Congress, a Tia Belau news article and several articles written by Fr. Felix, including a little known paper about Palau’s indigenous belief system, Modekngei, and others based on his recollections and the written record, and 16 essays.
This book highlights these events in chronological order beginning with the founding of baseball in Palau to the gold place finish at the 1998 Micronesian Games. It also showcasesworldclass Palauan teams like Ngerbeched and Airai, who rose to baseball dominance in the country and led their teams to victories. It also explores how baseball became deeply rooted in the Palauan culture, not just as a national pastime, but also as a symbol of Palauan pride.
Although the people of Guam have been affected either directly or indirectly by many wars, the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II (1941-44) is the war by which periods in modern-day Guam are divided: antes de iguerra, duranteiguerra, and despues de iguerra (before the war, during the war, and after the war). This first-hand account of the war experience on Guam tells the story of the author’s family and their neighbors. Their stories reflect the experiences of thousands of Chamorro families who survived the war, and provide a glimpse at what life was like on Guam during those horrendous years.
Van Peenen’s book records Chamorro oral tradition, and is therefore an invaluable source for cultural memory as well as the study of how Chamorro identity changed throughout colonizing experiences.