Local perception of US military buildup in Guam

April 22, 2010, University of Guam

University of Guam assistant professor Amy Owen and her students recently completed a research project on the perception of local residents regarding the U.S. Military Buildup in Guam and related immigration issues.

"The goal of the study was to objectively gather an accurate representation of local views regarding the Buildup," said Owen. "Out of 403 participants, and a 95% confidence level, our results show that 71% of residents perceive the Buildup as good for the economy while 74% perceive the buildup as bad for the culture."

Owen is a cultural geographer and specializes in studying the ways language, religion, the economy, government, and other cultural phenomena vary or remain constant across or between specific areas. The research project entitled, "Guam Culture, Immigration and the US Military Buildup", examines in detail a variety of factors and responses including:

  • 53% of respondents overall view the buildup as positive; 41% disagreed that Buildup is positive
  • Results show less positivity with anonymous, private disclosure than previous polls were showing
  • 78 percent of participants are military or military families
  • group most positive, youngest and oldest least positive
  • Youth are concerned about jobs, land takings, cultural and identity loss
  • Higher incomes and lowest incomes most positive, middle income least positive
  • Of the 403 respondents, 41% are Chamorro, 28% are Filipino, 9% are other Pacific Islanders, and 5% are Asians
"Our research also shows that Guam's culture, though very diverse, is unified and very tolerant of other ethnicities. There is remarkable uniformity across ethnicities in viewpoints and opinions on a variety of topics as they relate to the Buildup. The research results also indicated that the concern of local residents regarding immigrants is not ethnic - it is economic at base (infrastructure, job competition, taking health and other resources)."

Owen and her students will present additional details and analyses of their research outcomes during a presentation on April 27, 2010. The research manuscript was submitted to the peer reviewed journal Asia Pacific Viewpoint in February 2010.

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not rated yet Apr 23, 2010
Maybe not Guam - but Senator Barney Frank had this to say about troops in Okinawa:

"There's a big debate right now about where 3,000 Marines in Okinawa should go. My suggestion is Nebraska," he said."
not rated yet Apr 24, 2010
According to a US Congressman, Guam might capsize with too many troops.
not rated yet May 02, 2010
I didn't realize we were building troop strength in Guam. I guess when we stop deploying troops in Iraq we need to put them someplace (assuming its not Iraq which would be real convenient). :-)

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