Guam Professor Disappointed About Details Of War Reparations Bill

Despite bills passage, no new funds provided to support reparations

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 12, 2016) – An assistant professor of indigenous studies on Guam says he's disappointed additional funds have not been allocated by the United States to pay war reparations.

The US senate passed a bill last week to pay reparations to native Chamorro who suffered under the Japanese occupation of Guam during the Second World war.

The assistant professor, Dr Michael Lujan Bevacqua, said the reparations would be taken from money already earmarked for the government of Guam.

"It's hard because you don't want to take away the celebration from a lot of people, but at the same time, the more you think about it the more depressing or sort of insulting it gets. The slight of hand that goes on there, where here, we recognise you for what happened to you, the atrocities, the brutality that you endured, but usually in these cases you don't compensate people with the money they would have gotten back anyways," said Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Dr Bevacqua said the reparations would be distributed from taxation paid by employees of the US federal government stationed on Guam.

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I don't see any push from the Guamanians against the government of Japan for reparations? Perhaps Dr. Bevacqua should re-read his history books and identify the true aggressor. Ah, silly me... I forgot about the 750,000 Japanese tourists that visit Guam each year. Don't want to upset that market, do we? Easier to whine to Uncle Sam for mo' money.

Trimbull - The U.S. forgave Japanese for their crimes during WWII so there is no option for Guamanian people to "push" the Japanese government as you suggest. This bill is their only recourse. Fun fact - For a bunch of "whiners" the Guamanian people enlist in the U.S. military more than any other part of the U.S per capita. We are not taking in times of draft. I am an Air Force Vet. My Dad served in the USAF and my son currently has been serving in the USAF for the past 9 years. Most of my uncles and their cousins are US Marines serving during Korea and Vietnam. I think they, myself included, may take a little offense to you calling our people "whiners" to our face. We are Americans!!

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