Author

Gina Eclavea Taitano graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco in California in 1997, with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on writing.

Taitano is a technical writer and trainer for a software development firm in Guam. In addition to her full-time work, Taitano does freelance writing for different media outlets, including the Pacific Daily News and Guahan Magazine.

Taitano began her writing career as an editorial intern for Guam Publications in 1993. She then became a full-time reporter and copy editor for the Gannett company. Her early freelance experience includes writing for various Guam publications including the former Latte Magazine. From 2003 to 2006, she wrote a regular opinion column, “Odd One Out,” which was published in the Op/Ed section of the Pacific Daily News.

While at the University of San Francisco, Taitano focused her undergraduate research on the study of the Chamorro literary tradition, and has taken a personal interest in this evolving tradition, as well as the impact of cultural and political dynamics on the spoken and written language.

Guampedia Entries by Gina Taitano
Adoption of “Guamanian”
Chamorro Orthography
Chamorro vs. Chamoru
Chamorros: A People Divided
Kumision I Fino’ Chamorro/Chamorro Language Commission
Origin of Chamorro as an Ethnic Identifier