Here's my column from today's Saipan Tribune
Every time I travel and meet new people, I’m at a loss when they ask “Where do you live?” I can’t quite figure out what to call this place, nor where we are. It seems to be a common problem. At the last general membership meeting of the Marianas Visitor’s Authority, the ad hoc committee on branding acknowledged the difficulty in naming ourselves, and thus branding ourselves.
Officially, we’re the
So, I propose it’s time for a name change. Name changes can be painful. I went through one myself. I grew up in a coal-mining town in the
Our group of islands, what is commonly now known as the
Here is my reasoning.
For option A –
I also suggest that it’s time to drop “Northern” from our name. Where are the “Southern”
I don’t think that the word “North” has any role in the name of a tropical island. When people want to know where we are, I say, the “South Pacific.” I am well aware that we are north of the equator, but the equator isn’t the only frame of reference.
Now someone is sure to squawk that
There is of course, also, option B – change the name of the island chain to “