anonymous asked:

you're probably just those fucking stupid tumblr social justice police trying to justify yourself -- how can you even be already analyzing moana when you don't even know what polynesian culture is like.?ugh, gtfo.

Nobody’s trying to justify anything, I was merely stating my thoughts, or is that not allowed anymore?

By the way, this is me:

Fairly Polynesian if you ask me. 

HEY-OH *spirit fingers*

As a minority whose race is going to be represented by a company who doesn’t have a shining track record in terms of POC representation, I think I have a right to be concerned and rather nit picky. 

Is it a crime to make sure any of these cultures — whichever ones are showcased in this movie — aren’t being exploited in any manner? Because Polynesian refers to more than one culture, multiple really, whose differences people don’t see. I could not tell you the number of times I had to explain to someone what Samoan was and they reply with, “Oh, so you’re Hawaiian?”

Audiences need to know that Polynesians are way more than a group of people supposedly living in a “tropical Hawaiian paradise.” We are more than ukuleles, grass skirts, and coconut bras. We are more than the flower and kukui leis round our necks; the seis adorning our hair; our frickin sick tattoos.

As an Islander living in a place where I am constantly mistaken as Asian or Hispanic because nobody has ever heard of Samoan or Tongan or Tokelauan, Fijian, Niuean, and all the rest, you had better believe that when my people are given the chance to be represented, I am definitely gonna be there, making sure everything is done right

Perhaps, since they’re talking mythology and whatnot, Disney’s gonna make Moana of the Lapita people, who are the ancestral Pacific Islanders. Who knows? I do know this: I can voice my own opinion with how Disney dishes out culture on this film, seeing as it’s my own.

Aloha Kakou!

I was given this and I hope this isn’t presumptuous, but could you perhaps boost this to your Maori followers? They are accepting NZ talent which means if we can rally enough entries a Maori girl will be able to voice this Maori-based princess! Here is the link for Maori residents living in the United States. As a Native Hawaiian it is very important to me and several of my colleagues that we promote this to our Polynesian sisters. I know that many of us (including myself) are skeptical and concerned, but this may be another way for Maori people to gain international representation - and that is of utmost importance to all Pacific Islanders!!!! I will attempt to send this to other blogs because we need to boost this!

Mahalo Nui Loa!


Trans people from across Asia & the Pacific talk about trans rights in their countries—and what needs to change. It’s a powerful 5 minutes.

(Also: a reminder that we are everywhere.)


The Nation’s Fastest Growing Political Force

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States. The Asian American and NHPI electorate nearly doubled from 2 million voters in 2000 to 3.9 million in 2012. By 2025, Asian American and NHPI voters will make up five percent of the national electorate and by 2044, AAPI voters will constitute 10 of the national electorate.

In elections to come, it is clear Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will have the opportunity to influence positive change.

“Aquaman is especially cool,” says Momoa, “because, being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.”

Candid photo of me at prom a little over a year ago. I am kanaka maoli (native hawaiian) & white. Another way to say this is hapa haole, and I bring this up because folks in the asian community (folks without kanaka maoli ancestry) appropriate the word “hapa” far too often, and I want to bring awareness to that. 

I struggle greatly with my identity. My great-great grandmother was full native, but she never passed anything down to my mother (though my mother spent a lot of time with her.) When Hawai’i was illegally occupied and colonized by the U.S., ‘ōlelo Hawai’i was banned, hula was deemed the dance of the heathens and outlawed, and luau bastardized (among other things.) The tourist industry continues that bastardization to this day and the influx of haole moving to the islands kicks kanaka maoli off their own lands.

We are never taught about the colonization of Hawai’i in the U.S. I am trying to educate myself as best I can, I’m trying to teach myself my ancestors’ language, but resources are few and far between. I will forever strive to return to my kanaka maoli roots.


The National Park Service is pleased to announce its new online Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Travel Itinerary

The itinerary highlights the critical role that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played throughout America’s development, from early Pacific Islander settlements, to the First Transcontinental Railroad, to Japanese Relocation centers. It outlines some of the sites associated with the accomplishments and struggles of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, examining how these stories contribute to the whole of American history.

This itinerary includes nearly 70 historic places spanning 16 states, as well as territories like American Samoa and Guam. Through a rich collection of maps, images, essays, and other information, the itinerary explores and pays tribute to the heritage of Asian Pacific Islander peoples. The places identified along the journey, many of which are preserved in the country’s national parks and the National Register of Historic Places, provide a tangible way for anyone to step inside these stories.  

This itinerary is the 59th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series, which supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history, and encourages visits to historic places throughout the country. This is the first itinerary where the essays and site descriptions are in a responsive design, making them easier to navigate on mobile devices and smaller screens.

The travel itineraries serve as guides for discovering and connecting the wide array of traditions, places, and events that define American history. The National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services produced this travel itinerary in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Thank you to all who contributed to the preparation of this itinerary!


about/Greg Semu

Born, and raised in New Zealand of Pacific Island heritage. Self taught in the art of photography and film. Nomadic wanderer of the world since my early 20’s in search of adventure, fame, fortune, love and ultimately the discovery of self. New York, Paris, London. Samoa and most recently Sydney Australia. Works collected in various museums around the world such as France, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Taiwan.

The theme that runs strongly through my work is cultural displacement, colonial impact on indigenous cultures particularly Pacific Islands and Religious Christian iconography’s mutation of tribal and so called primitive icons. Mostly classified as a ‘art’ photographer, am comfortable with the commercial world. Photography is a visual language often used to manipulate certain masses of people’s, cultures & identities.