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Colonialism and the Politics of Space on Guam

  • Author(s): Louie, Matthew Ryan
  • et al.

Despite colonialism becoming less prominent across the world, the remnants still impact colonized populations. Guam, a territory of the United  States, remains a  colonized nation and colonialism continues to impact the native Chamorro people along with those who call the island home. The islanders have been subjected to unjust treatment including confiscation of land without reparations for military installations and holding US citizenship without having the right to vote. Even with these injustices, many Americans do not know that the island is a territory of the United States, let alone, know of its existence. This marginalization of the island has allowed the United States to maintain its colonial power and continue to make decisions without the consent of the islanders. Therefore, a discussion of the  injustices faced by this population is essential to help achieve fair treatment for these United States Citizens.

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