GUAM

Name: Jermaine Gamboa

Age: 8

Hometown: Agat (a village in the south)

Languages Spoken: Chamorro and English

Family: Jermaine lives with his mom and his one-year-old sister

Mom’s work: She works at the Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters in Agat

Favorite foods: Pizza, apples, oranges, grapes

Favorite subject in school: GATE (Gifted and Talented Education Program), where he gets to do hip-hop, break dance and sing Christmas songs

What do you want kids in the U.S. to know about life on Guam?:  “It’s fun here. There’s lots of kids to play around with in school and lots of stuff you can do.”

Favorite activities: Video games, taking care of his sister, sleeping

GUAM AT A GLANCE

Location: The eastern Pacific Ocean

Population: 178,430

People: Chamorro 37%, Filipino 26%, other Pacific islander 11%

Languages: English 38%, Chamorro 22%, Philippine languages 22%

Political structure: Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The people are U.S. citizens, but they cannot vote in U.S. elections and have no representation in Congress.

History: The original inhabitants of Guam, called Chamorro, arrived on Guam approximately 3,000 years ago from areas in the Philippines and Palau. Guam was colonized by Spain and then the U.S. Guam is still a U.S. colony and is used as a base for the U.S. military.

LEARN A LITTLE CHAMORRO

Hafa adai: hello

Familia: family

Nanan biha: grandmother

Tatan bihu: grandfather

Táta: father

Nana: mother

I che’lu-hu láhi: brother

I che’lu-hu palao’an: sister

PROFILE BY ERIN THOMPSON