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What is a Samoan?

                                 Samoans - there's lots of different kinds of us.Something strange happened to Big Son when we moved to New Zealand. Something that involved a lavalava, the siva and 'real' Samoans. Our children have spent their entire lives in Samoa… Continue reading What is a Samoan?

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The Fabulous Fruit Salad: A Selection of Delicious Blogs.

Samoa is the best place to make fresh fruit salad. Ripe bananas - sunshine fingers of yellow, red papaya, juicy mangoes, the tart sweetness of pineapple, a sprinkle of grated coconut and a dash of lime. Chill and serve. Today is the first of my Fabulous Fruit Salad posts - where I serve you with… Continue reading The Fabulous Fruit Salad: A Selection of Delicious Blogs.

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Samoans. We’re everywhere.

The world can be a very small place when you're Samoan. The extended family is key in our culture. So no matter where you go, you can be sure that you will stumble across someone who you're vaguely related to. Who knows your parents. Your aunty. Who went to school with your cousins. Who comes… Continue reading Samoans. We’re everywhere.

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Just a Mongrel.

Last week the newly appointed Miss Samoa told everyone that she was proud to be from Samoa…because we are a nation with 90% “pure Samoans.” What the hell does that mean? What makes a Samoan ‘pure’? And if SOME of us are designated pure – what does that make the rest of us? Impure? Tainted?… Continue reading Just a Mongrel.