Cultural Traditions: the Realities for Elementary School Children in Micronesia

Jon O'Neill, Dirk Spennemann

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Abstract

Micronesian Children are increasingly exposed to commercialism and western forms of advertising. How will that affect current and future perception of traditional culture? The paper presents the results of a questionnaire survey administered to 581 school children across Micronesia. The respondents expressed strong preferences for ¡¥favourite¡¦ items that have little or no traditional cultural connections and are international in scope. Choices of ¡¥favourite¡¦ entertainment, of reading material, television, videos, music, and dancing, choices of preferred food and drink, all show an emerging internationalising of their preferences. If it is the wish of the Micronesian people to retain elements of their traditional cultures then concerted and deliberate, conscious action to prioritize and implement management processes that are appropriate to their cultures and circumstances must be taken soon. Cultural change is occurring with increasing rapidity throughout Micronesia and local communities are in a situation where their capacity to exercise control is limited
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalMicronesian Educator
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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