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June 19, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

Episode 72: “Narratives of Identity by a Chamorro Woman Army Combat Veteran”

In recognition of National Army Month, our program guest is Captain AlisonTaimanglo Cuasay (missalisonrae@yahoo.com). She was born on Guam and later moved to Hawai'i. Although she considers both as home, she is a Chamorrita who is proud of her hapa haole heritage. Alison enlisted in the Army (1998) and served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a diesel mechanic while attending the University of Northern Colorado. During her tenure at UNC, she was an active member of numerous Pacific Islander and Native American student organizations as well as Army ROTC.

Upon completion of her BA in Psychology with minors in Multi-Cultral Anthropology and Military Science, Alison received her commission as an officer and entered active military duty in the Army Transportation Corps (2002). Her duty stations included Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, Korea, Georgia, and Iraq. After eight years of service, Alison left the Army as a Captain (2006).

She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and recently completed her BS in Nursing from National University. She is also author of the children's book Tasi & Matina: The Story of the First Clownfish and designer/ creator of RaeBow Originals handcrafted jewelry. She has traveled widely throughout the Pacific, Asia, Europe, Central America and across the U.S. This interview includes a reading of excerpts of her essay entitled First Come, First Served.

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