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July 24, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

Beyond the Fence Episode #73

Episode 73: “Re-mapping/Re-envisioning Guam” (hosted by Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua) airs 7/1/11.

There are two basic maps which tend to dominate the consciousness of the people of Guam and how we envision the island. The first might be called a political or an imagined map, in which Guam is always on the edge of America --- a sometimes imperceptible, forgotten part --- even to the point of being left off of its literal maps. The second is a map of the strategic interests of the United States upon which Guam --- as the ‘tip of the spear’ --- is a clear and crucial part. The contradictions in these two maps contribute to the ambivalences and ambiguities of living in contemporary Guam.

Program guest is Dr. Sasha Davis (jeffreyd@hawaii.edu), assistant professor of Geography at the University of Hawai’i – Hilo and author of "The US military base network and contemporary colonialism: Power projection, resistance and the quest for operational unilateralism" recently published in Political Geography. He discusses his research on the social and environmental impacts of militarization in Vieques Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands, the Nevada nuclear testing site, Subic Bay- Philippines, Okinawa and Hawai’i and invites us to consider an alternative map or vision for Guam: as part of a larger network of communities of resistance seeking to mitigate the effects of US militarization in their lives and on their lands.

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