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Chris Perez Howard
Mariquita, first published in 1982, has become the most widely read novel about the CHamoru experience
during World War II on Guam. In the book, 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. In this updated edition of the classic,
Perez Howard revisits the story and adds more details, photos, and letters. It is
a continuing tribute to his mother whose legacy lives on in the memories of all who
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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