Chamorros and being Micronesian (Guam/CNMI)
I know this topic has been thrown around here a lot, but I feel like as a self-identified Chamorro (even if I am half white), born and raised on Guam, I feel like I should defend my people as there are not much on here to really put in word.
The question: Are people from Guam/CNMI (Chamorros) Micronesian? Yes, geographically we are along with Palau, FSM, Marshalls, Kosrae, etc. Do we consider ourselves Micronesians? Yes, but you will rarely come across a Chamorro who first introduces him/herself as a Micronesian and for the following reason I hope I can explain right and clearly.
The reason being that unlike the other islands in Micronesia, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands are separated politically even though they are the same islands with the same indigenous people in the same island chain, one being a U.S. Territory the other a Commonwealth (Imagine Koror being divided by Peliliu politically). All together we are one island chain referred to as the Marianas inhabited by the indigenous Chamorro people, except on Saipan where there is a second indigenous group called the Carolinians that share Saipan with the Chamorros. People from Guam are often called Guamanian, those from Saipan called Saipanese, etc. We typically don't use this term unless speaking to people from the mainland as most don't know what a "Chamorro" is. When speaking with each other or to fellow pacific islanders, we say Chamorro as that is who we are. Guamanian can be used to describe a person of another ethnicity born and raised on Guam and so on. As you can see, adding "Micronesian" just makes it a tad more confusing and is another label. We are not ashamed, nor do we deny, that we are Micronesian. As brothers and sisters divided by the U.S. politically, we feel one using Chamorro and is how most of us introduces ourselves, the second being Guamanian/Saipanese/Tinianese/Rotanese, and then Micronesian. So in a nutshell, we don't deny being Micronesian as we clearly are.