- Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
- Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
When I was in high school, I had the nickname "scholar." My friend said it was because I always did my homework, and always carried a ton of books. I still don't understand that reputation. But I now wear it proud. I don't think I really deserved it back then, but I may now. Maybe it was a prediction. I remember making a leap towards my identity when I realized I wasn't cheerleader material (my sister was one), and went into student government instead. I also did yearbook, and helped to publish a literary magazine.
Culturally, I am a mix of being raised on Guam, being also from Hawaii, and my ethnic heritage. It's hard to say what came from what. I do think there is something about being an Islander, having a sense of identity because we are surrounded by an ocean. (Okay, that sounds psychological). And because of this, I think there is a sense of connection with each other, a shared love of the island. I have a politeness and wanting to please that probably comes from my Asian side. Harmony is a norm. Don't rock the boat. So in order to speak out, I have to recognize this as a norm, and rock it when I need to, in a way that I can and should. Whatever the genesis of my cultural behavior, I think I have a giving nature, and I find it in Guam, in Hawaii and in my family. When I don't give enough, as in food, I am aware that I did not meet the expectations of my culture.
When we first moved to Guam in 1961, we lived on Andersen Air Force Base, as my father worked there, one of many skilled laborers hired from Hawaii to build up Guam after WWII. When the Air Force needed housing for military forces due to the Vietnam War, we moved to Dededo. I have both military and local influences in my upbringing.