Writing a Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama
This introductory chapter examines Tosiwo Nakayama's role in making Micronesia. Nakayama's more localized efforts at making or creating a Micronesia stand in stark contrast to earlier colonial efforts to define, control, and refashion the islands to serve decidedly metropolitan purposes. Early on in his career, Nakayama freely acknowledged the diversity and differences that separated the islands and their people, and that kept them from speaking together on the question of a future government. The physical distance from which the islands were administered in the first decades of the American administration, the slow and uncertain pace of postwar reconstruction, and the incompetency and indifference of some administrators led Nakayama to conclude that island people should govern themselves.
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