End Colonial Mentality: Jacinda Ardern as Pacific Islander of the Year – REALLY?

*Sigh* I can’t believe I’m even writing this post now. If you keep up with Polynesian news then you probably heard about Island Business naming New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern as Pacific Islander of Year, and man did the flood gates open. I mean come on! Where is the one love here? So let’s dive into this cause there’s things we need to unpack in talking about this decision from the Fiji based magazine.

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End the Colonial Mentality: When Influential Polynesians Back Cultural Appropriation of Other Polynesian Cultures

The Koko is Real!

Y’all it’s barely the beginning of a new decade and year, and we already have some major koko and things to discuss. I wasn’t even planning on writing anything this week cause – well, it’s kind of the end of the holiday season and I’m recovering from a NYE hangover. Yeah, I rang in the new with a bang and then a headache.

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Take Up Space: Polynesian Money

The Start of an Idea

This has been a topic that has been brewing in the back of my mind. Especially with the holiday season upon us. Where are Polynesians spending their hard earned money for Christmas? It was also sparked from an episode of Trigger Warning with Killer Mike. The very first episode of this series is called “Living Black.” In this episode, Killer Mike is going from Atlanta, GA to Athens, GA and is going to be “living black” for three days. This means whatever he consumes or does is from a black business. Man, did I find that concept so intriguing. You see back in the day, there had to be solely black businesses because of a terrible reason – segregation. If you don’t know your, American history it was just a bad time. However, it meant that there was a black economy. In the episode, Killer Mike explains that he African Americans were able to keep the black dollar circulating for a very long time. Meaning there was a thriving Black community. However, in 2019, it takes only 6 hours, hours, for the Black dollar to go somewhere. That’s in comparison to 25 days in the Asian community and 21 days in the Jewish and White communities. Guess what I thought – how long does it take for the Polynesian dollar to be cycled out? My answer is probably minutes if not seconds.

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History Repeats: Samoan Epidemic 2.0

This post is a hard one for me to write, and I know that many have already talked about this topic, but there needs to be more conversations started about Samoa’s recent epidemic. This is not the first time something this tragic has happened to our country. She has actually been through this before, and it should be said that in the future it should not happen again. When I was in high school my history teacher told us repeatedly that we should be careful not to let history repeat itself. That’s why we learn history. This way it doesn’t happen again. Unfortunately, the history of 1918 hasn’t been taught as a warning, and I think that needs to change. I’m not mad at those that came before us, but there’s something to be said about something that happened just over 100 years ago happening again. So, let’s start with the past, how are here in the present, and what our responsibility is to those of the future.

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Plastic: How This Term Continues to Hurt Our Culture

This topic has been in the back of my mind for a long time now. It hasn’t been an easy topic for me to really formulate the words on how I feel about the term “plastic ________.” No matter what island you descend from, you can be called a “plastic Samoan,” “plastic Maori,” etc. if you happen to not know the intricacies of the culture you’re from, but guess what? Some of us didn’t get the choice. So, let me start from the first time I heard the term “plastic.”

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