Coconut Ratz & Kung Fu Cowboys: Tales of a Pacific Islander's Childhood
Author: Joakim Peter & James Skouge | Paperback
Joakim Peter is from the Mortlock Islands of Chuuk State, in the Federated States of Micronesia. He is recognized as both educator and advocate for Micronesian diaspora communities in the Pacific region. This book is autobiographical which makes it a rarity among Micronesian storytellers. Dr. Peter vividly describes his childhood growing up on Ettal, an atoll in the outer island chain. While in high school, he suffered a spinal cord injury which resulted in quadriplegia. His story is one of resilience, self-determination, optimism and appreciation.This book is appropriate for anyone who is interested in Pacific island cultures and ways of life, including the disability experience as described by one who lives it.