melanesia

Hey, y’all! Since Moana came out I’ve been seeing a lot more talk on Pacific Island folk, but a lot of it has been using the terms “Pacific Islander” and “Polynesian” interchangeably. Polynesia is a specific region of the Pacific Islands, while the Pacific Islands consist of the regions Micronesia and Melanesia as well. Much love from your local Micronesian. 🌸🍃

shout out to sapphic girls who are melanesian, micronesian, and polynesian. Shout out to wlw whos countries have been ignored and even erased from maps in their classrooms. Shout out to those sapphic islanders whos family were forced to assimilate so theyre disconnected from their culture. I love you so much and i feel your pain. Youre so wonderful and you have the strength of the ocean inside you!!

hey pasifika friends

I’m a Palauan illustrator and comic artist looking to make a series of short comics based on legends and traditional stories from the Pacific. Not something I’d be physically publishing or profiting off of, just a personal project I’d like to see come to life. I’m perfectly capable of doing the research myself but would prefer to make it more of a community project 🖤 SO if you have roots in the Pacific and have a favorite tale you’d like to see in a 10-20 page comic format, please please please message me!! I’d love to hear from as many voices and cultures as possible!

IMPORTANT

Friendly reminder: Filipinos (& other South East Asians) are NOT Pacific Islanders

Why? It’s fairly simple.The Pacific Islands is a broad geographical area made up of three regions. The largest, Polynesia, then Melanesia and Micronesia to the north. The Philippines/Indonesia etc are NOT APART OF ANY OF THESE REGIONS.

The Pacific Islands are apart of Oceania and consist of:

Aotearoa(New Zealand), Hawai'i, Fiji, Rotuma, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Palau, Nauru, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Yap, Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Kiribati, West Guinea, Niue, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna, Caroline Islands and Vanuatu.

Note how the Philippines aren’t mentioned anywhere in this list. Furthermore, the region(or continent if you will) of Oceania includes Australia and the Australian Aboriginals, whom are related to the other Oceanians

The Philippines are geographically located in Asia (specifically South East Asia) , and the people are primarily Asian(of course, some mixed with European heritage due to colonisation and such ). It’s pretty much known worldwide that the Philippines are an Asian country but there’s always that select few who are ignorant to this. The Pacific Islands aren’t any of these, and the people are different as well, but I won’t delve into that today

I’ve seen a few too many Filipinos ‘claim’ to be Pacific Islanders, despite the fact that they simply aren’t. Many try to back up themselves with ‘its just my opinion’ and such. The thing is, you simply can’t just have an opinion on who you are in this aspect. It’s like a white person from Europe suddenly saying they’re purely of African descent, when they’re aren’t. They’re two different groups.

Unless you’re mixed with any native Islander blood from any of the islands mentioned in the above list, DO NOT ‘CLAIM’ TO BE A PACIFIC ISLANDER. An example of someone who is mixed Asian/Pacific Islander is Nicole Scherzinger, who is of Filipino(Asian), Native Hawai'ian(Polynesian Pacific Islander) (and also Ukrainian (European) descent). She is a Pacific Islander, because she has actual Pacific Islander blood

As a Pacific Islander myself, it is incredibly frustrating to see non Pasifika claiming to be one of us, when they simply are not. By doing so, you’re only erasing actual Pacific Islanders identities whether you realise it or not, and furthermore, disregarding your own Asian identity, you’re also just being factually ignorant. Asia in itself, is already a huge area, with tons of different people, cultures and traditions. Please, please, PLEASE don’t be that one person who erases the cultural identities of minorities.

I’m not trying to attack anyone here, particularly Filipinos who think they’re Pacific Islanders (and other people in general who claim to be something they’re not). But please, stop claiming to be something you’re not, and trying to cover it up with lame excuses. Please don’t be ignorant

Be proud of who you are, don’t be ignorant and claim a title that doesn’t belong to you. Embrace your heritage, be proud of you

Thank you for reading

Language week

Hello all and welcome to language week! This week, we encourage Pasifika people to look into your own languages. The point of this is to share experiences and resources amongst each other. Answer one or all of the three questions and either reblog, tag, or submit your response!

  • What is your relationship to your island’s language? How has that relationship affected your life?
  • What is/are your favorite word(s) or phrase(s) from your language & why?
  • Have any outside languages influenced your island’s indigenous language?

We look forward to hearing your stories!