Mariquita - Revisited book cover

Mariquita - Revisited

Author(s) :

 by Chris Perez Howard 

Publisher / Imprint: University of Guam Press
Year of Publication: 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1935198345
Pages: 118 pages

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Mariquita, first published in 1982, has become the most widely read novel about the CHamoru experience during World War II on Guam. Author Chris Perez Howard chronicles his mother's vibrant life before the War, her enduring strength during the Japanese occupation of the island, and her tragic death at the end of it. He also paints a vivid picture of life on Guam during these pivotal years. For this edition, Perez Howard revisits the story and adds more details, photos, and letters. It is a continuing tribute to a mother whose legacy lives on in the memories of all who read it.


“Mariquita is a groundbreaking text for CHamoru Literature. Not only is it the first of its kind to be published, but also because the author Chris Perez Howard crosses genre boundaries in his attempts to find the mother he lost when he was almost four years old. In this way, Mariquita performs various complex moves, but most of all, this brief narrative breaks the silences surrounding the devastation Guam suffered, easily forgotten today, and the atrocities committed against many of its young women.” -Evelyn S.M. Flores, Ph.D., professor, University of Guam and editor, Indigenous Literatures of Micronesia 

“This book is a classic in Pacific Islander literature that every student and scholar should read.” -Craig Santos Perez, Ph.D., author, professor, University of Hawai’I, Manoa, and Amcerican Book Award recipient 

“With each passing year, more of the war survivor generation pass on. The task of telling the stories of our elders and carrying forward their wisdom has already fallen to us. Mariquita remains an important text for those seeking to retell the stories of our elders in a form worthy of their struggle, their sacrifice and their survival.” -Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ph.D., historian, writer and professor, University of Guam.

Product Details

Publisher / Imprint: University of Guam Press 

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935198345
Meet the Author(s)

Chris Perez Howard believes that his adventurous spirit and endless curiosity are responsible for his unconventional life. Among his experiences, he served in the U.S. military; worked for the American Express Co. in New York; struggled as an artist in Rome, Italy; lived in Yap, the Seychelles, and the Philippines; and went to Africa to see wild animals in their natural habitat. In Guam, he has worked as a teacher, a news editor for the Guam Tribune, an assistant to the president of the Guam Community College, and a press secretary for the Governor of Guam. Academically, he attended the University of Alabama and Indiana University, and he graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Chris is also a CHamoru rights activist, and is a former chairman of the Organization of People for Indigenous Rights (OPI-R) and has presented testimony before the United Nations and the U.S Congress. Presently, he is working on his novel – I Mestisan Engles.


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