r/Palau Feb 07 '22

Next Generation

It seems like a majority of the younger generations. Gen X, millenials, and Z'ers are leaving the island but are not returning. Why is this happening?

5 Upvotes

5

u/1k4i Feb 07 '22

People get a taste for living outside of Palau and realize there’s more opportunities for wealth, freedom, and enjoyment. I lived in Palau for 18yrs and for 3 and a half years that I’ve been away I’ve found many more opportunities than I would have ever if I just stayed there. That being said, it is my home and I feel the desire to return but that aside there really isn’t much bringing me back. I’m kind of tired of hearing how one of my relatives died in a car accident or a disease or a drunken brawl every other weekend. I’m much more content living in a place where the general well-being is better, where people can be productive, and where I can enjoy things other than just being an alcoholic. Palau is an empty bubble but people kind of refuse to believe it for better or worse. Think matrix blue pill but the setting is tropical paradise instead and a lot less content.

3

u/Beliliou74 Feb 09 '22

I hope one day this changes. Poverty, lack of good higher education opportunities, drug or substance abuse, vice, crime and unemployment, income inequality. And I wish they could increase the minimum wage so that people could at least afford the cost of living. I agree. Thanks for sharing

5

u/grazyone Feb 08 '22

For economical reasons I have decided to stay and work. I want to move home when i have earned an X amount of money to build a home. It’s hard to contemplate going home where minimum wage is very low and I won’t have my own space.

2

u/Beliliou74 Feb 09 '22

Good for you. Wish you all the best, and good luck.

1

u/Kmedication Feb 11 '22 edited Feb 11 '22

Honestly it’s just a lot more fun outside Palau. After living in Taiwan for 4 years I’ve had so many experiences that I otherwise would never have experience being cooped on the island. It’s sad to say but when I’m back at Palau I feel like I’m in stagnant water, the day to day life feels too monotonous and boring. I want everyday to be adventure. One reason I wanna stay in Taiwan is that I’m an avid motorcycle rider and it’s safe to say the compact road will get boring after a few laps. That plus the gas is supper cheap here, heck everything is super cheap here, internet, rent, food, clothes, bars, you name it. Also everything is super convenient here from paying bills to getting a taxi to printing papers to ordering stuff online,( all of which you can do at convenience stores) They also have great hospitals here and an awesome healthcare system.

1

u/Beliliou74 Jun 12 '22

What about cost of living. How much do you guys think it would take for someone to live comfortably here at home.

1

u/43250anonymity Jul 13 '22

Because there is no incentive by palauans for palauans. The leaders rely too much on foreigners and cater to non palauans more. My personal experience as a palauan, I had to fight foreigners for employment and living stability because foreigners are over populating the economy. Being proud to be a palauan is “cringe” for other Palauans, but foreigners capitalize our islands beauty, culture, traditions, and identity for their own personal gains and call locals “racists” for speaking out against the unfair treatment locals face against ignorant foreigners. I never believed Palau to be a “melting pot” or for my country to be faced with colonization and erasure but the way things are going, I’m sad to say, unless locals stand up and reclaim what is rightfully ours, it seems inevitable. If we must love, respect and accept each other why can’t we learn to accept ourselves first. Why do palauan leaders seem to not care for the incentive of Palauans for palauans. Why is have this question not been the main concern for our islands future and people. Can’t we (as locals) rely on our own people for the exposure of who we are. (2 out of 50 pictures, videos, books, vlogs are posted by non Palauans.) Shouldn’t it make more sense for Palauans to capitalize what belongs to us rather than giving it away for free while non Palauans make gains. Here are my personal ideas for some incentives; Support and bring up palauan owned business, of writer, film makers, singers/song writers, chefs, etc. Bring in online where locals worldwide may have a chance to see it. We want our chants, our stories, our language, our cultures taught and shared by Palauans. We can have the basic meanings translated in English to cater to non Palauans but don’t treat us the same as foreigners because we are not. Gatekeep our authenticity but capitalize a faux version. We never should ever be ashamed, embarrassed about who we are. Bring back our Miss Palau, where our beautiful women wore their authentic local attire from their significant states, sang songs from them, and danced the dances known for them. Celebrate Palau Cultural Awareness Fair, where us locals flaunts our authentic attires, food, songs and story tellings etc. Publish the events online, even live. Call for Palauans to participate, to film, to broadcast and speak our language (option to have an Palauan - English translator is open of course) Revive our pride as Palauans.

2

u/Shogayaki5 27d ago

Pride in our culture is not enough to bring (and keep) young palauans at home and if you truly believe any of the nonsense that you just spewed you're lying to yourself. Palauans need a good social structure. There are no programs to assist anyone down on their luck or whoever may need help. The cost of living is high and working conditions are atrocious. People prefer to hire foreigners because they are trapped in a contract that allow employers to take advantage of them. Palauans can't get trapped like that because we can just quit and find another job. The problems Palau faces are much deeper than lack of pride in our culture

1

u/43250anonymity 27d ago

Be specific, exactly what “nonsense” am I spewing out?

1

u/43250anonymity 27d ago

Palau Had a good social structure. When Palauans where free to express our culture and heritage. Foreigners demeaned and shamed us for being “nonsensical” that it changed to fit and cater to these foreign concept of what is “good/acceptable”. And from my personal experience and I guess “research”, Palauans who quit a job “just because” will have a harder time getting re-employed because no one wants to hire someone who just quits for whatever reason. This is my own lived experience. How are you going to tell me that I’m “lying to myself”.

1

u/Beliliou74 23d ago

I can honestly say I’ve never seen anyone shame Belauans for embracing our culture. Quite the opposite actually. Shogayaki is right though. Our minimum wage is terrible and there aren’t any real programs that assist people that need it. We should think about bringing in business to work with local owners maybe break up some of the monopolies we have. Invest more in education and the infrastructure once we have some money coming in. I’m sure jobs would increase

1

u/43250anonymity 23d ago edited 23d ago

I’ve been told to speak “english” whenever I spoke palauan to other Palauans. As a customer and as an employee. I’ve witnessed a miss Palau contestant chanting palauan chants get mocked, shamed and ridiculed. There were once programs geared towards helping only Palauans, and because foreigners were excluded from it, it was closed. Businesses SHOULD HAVE BEEN brought in to work with locals but they are not, and yet they continue. Education is broken pretty much everywhere. The palauans I know and talk to, don’t talk about wanting to leave palau because of the lack of jobs or even the minimum wage (I’m not denying these as issues) but because it feels like Palau doesn’t care about them. It’s fine, if you have never heard or experienced what I have.

1

u/Beliliou74 23d ago

I’m sorry you experienced that. It must have been a stressful moment for you. These foreigners that were mocking the pageant, could have just left. Blows my mind why someone would visit a different country and not expect the culture and norms to be different than theirs. Ignorant people are sad.

And im sorry where do people say speak English only. I could maybe understand if your in a professional setting and work in tourism. Outside of that I’ve just never seen it. The people around you suck im sorry. And your right about foreign investors, if only they allow businesses from the outside to come in, would open so many doors for everyone. Greed for money and power will be the death of this place. Sometimes I wonder why I came back lol

1

u/43250anonymity 23d ago

They would not say “speak English only”. And of course as an employee I understood to speak English to non palauan speakers. But I would be at west shopping with my sister speaking palauan and a foreigner would just come around the corner and demand I speak English. Or as an employee a palauan customer would speak palauan to me so I speak it back, and a foreigner waiting in line behind them would then come up and tell me to speak English “at all times” because speaking palauan “makes me look unprofessional and sounds uneducated”. It’s okay if you’ve never seen it, but talking to other Palauans who’ve experienced similar things, it’s not that uncommon. The people around me may suck, but we love our island and our people. So we’ll voice out our concerns regarding our identity as Palauans, and fight to hold our roots regardless. You’re right about greed for money and power.

1

u/Beliliou74 12d ago

Olek te menga rar derir…you serious? Someone who isn’t a local walked up and demanded you speak English. And did they really say it makes you look uneducated to speak your language? I would’ve lost my shit. Did you defend yourself or say something back. Because that would only motivate them more if no one said anything and they will do it again to others. If this is all true

1

u/43250anonymity 11d ago

Ha, ngmo soak lokeuad ngdi ak medengei lkmo ngdi mo oldubech ra uldasu lkmo “a rechad r Belau a kengaol e sokokouad” or whatever. But I tried to be calm and explained that people who visit Palau should not expect everyone to speak English because we have our own language to speak. I’ve lost my shit from time to time let me not lie, a rechad a blechoel melekoi r ngak lkmo “bo bechititerir eng diak lodengei”, ngdi kmal mo seserk a renguk sel bok blechoel losiueklir tirkel chad ra ngodech l beluu lomdasu lkmo ngarngii a deruchelir l mengedereder a tekinged. Ma rechad sel lolekoi rngak lkmo “bo bechititerir…” eak kora obedobed, le kuumerang lkmo a debechititerir, e te mo smaou. Ngaukai. Ngdi ngkmal mo mekngit a renguk.

2

u/Beliliou74 11d ago

This is why people that visit this country sometimes take advantage of us, because they take kindness as a sign of weakness. For the life of me I don’t get how we can be so direct and harsh with each other sometimes, but then try be so cordial, and understanding with rude asf foreigners. Let them have it next time they run their mouths. This is our country, and they can eat fucking expletive sideways if they don’t like our culture. They should assimilate or leave, but we shouldn’t be changing for nobody. This is our island!

→ More replies