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Let's Talk Tiki Bars: Harmless Fun Or Exploitation?
These faux-Polynesian bars first became popular in the 1960s. Now, they're making a comeback. But some Pacific Islanders say there is a darker side to these downtown slices of paradise.

Pacific Islanders have, for the most part, ignored this whole trend, Correa says. “But seeing your ancient gods or your ancestors in a bar somewhere far from where you are — I think that can be hard.”

Seeing his Hawaiian culture commodified and turned into kitsch can feel invalidating, he adds. “Really at the root of it, it’s exploitation,” he says. “It’s ignoring the real lives, the real culture and the real problems that we do face.”

Tiki bars can also feed into the idea that the islands are just a place to vacation or escape, he says, when in fact, Pacific islanders have real concerns — like climate change threatening their homeland, and their traditional ways of living.

anonymous asked:

I work at a poke bar (Hawaiian dish of salad or rice and raw fish). A couple came in and the woman ordered tuna bowl, we have pictures of the food on our menu and to me the tuna LOOKS raw. When the tuna's in front of you it's unmistakably raw. This lady ATE most of her bowl before realising, then called the manager to complain because ofc she's PREGNANT! I saw her clearly and she wasn't showing, nor did she warn us. Everyone on shift got yelled at even though we all agreed it wasn't our fault...

I avoided fish altogether when I was pregnant. You never know if something is thoroughly cooked. And even if it is there are still risks. If you’re truly that serious about avoiding that risk then at the very fucking least ASK to make sure it’s not raw! -Abby