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If another person tells me I’m also slim to be Samoan, I will certainly lose my mind.

1. “You’re too skinny to be Samoan.”.

This one actually pisses me off. They were normally in wonderful shape, consuming only what nature given. As well as it’s a shock if I don’t fit the stereotype that all Samoans are large?

2. “Are you a hula dancer?”.

Hula is a spiritual dancing form that has been passed down for generations in Hawai’i. While I did most likely to a hu0101lau (dance college) while maturing as well as was educated hula there, many Polynesians haven’t. It would certainly be a lot more respectful to ask me if I have actually learned any type of Samoan dancing, because I’m Samoan.

3. “Can I get a Samoan tattoo?”.

Did you recognize the word “tattoo” really comes from the Samoan word “tatau”? My Samoan tattoos represent defense, purpose, instructions, as well as staying grounded; they attach me with my culture as well as ancestors. To get the standard tattoo is a terrific honor; it stands for a person’s acceptance of their obligation to their neighborhood as well as celebrates their permanent devotion to the culture.

I’m quite traditional in my stance on this: Our tattoos are also deeply rooted in the culture for an outsider to obtain. I do not care if you value the islands or our society. If you do not have actually islander blood going through your veins, you should not get an islander tattoo.

The writer'& #x 27; s hand tattoo.

Morgan Sloss/ BuzzFeed.

4. “You do not look Samoan! You look Persian, Mexican, etc”.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I have actually gotten this. Please, simply stop. If you presume what I am as well as you guess incorrect, that’s fine. However then if I inform you I’m Samoan, why would you still contrast me to other races/ethnicities? It’s just odd.

5. “I went to Hawai’i on holiday when!”.

While Hawai’i is at the top of the Polynesian triangular, it’s quite much away from Samoa. If you bring up Hawai’i when I inform you I’m Samoan, it feels like you’re abiding us together as well as do not identify us independently.

6. “Can I spruce up as a hula dancer for Halloween?”.

In my point of view, it’s flawlessly alright to dress up as a particular person. Lilo as well as Moana are super prominent, and I think it’s fine to clothe up as them as you would certainly any other Disney character.

I do not believe it’s okay to dress up as a hula professional dancer in basic. Hula is an extremely important component of Hawaiian culture, as well as we should all understand by currently that making use of individuals’s cultures for Halloween outfits is incorrect. Simply stick to Lilo and Moana, please.

Lilo and Moana.

Disney.

7. “Where are you from? No, where are you actually from?”.

I dislike this whole cat-and-mouse game. If you’re interested in my ethnicity, simply ask! There’s no need to elude.

8. “You have to be great at sports if you’re Samoan.”.

Just because I’m Samoan does not mean I’m super athletic. I would certainly much rather curl up with a great publication than exercise.

9. “You do not talk Samoan? You’re not actually Samoan, after that.”.

It’s no one else’s organization. My blood is Samoan, whether or not I’m well-versed.

10. “Can you do the haka?”.

The only one I know is the Ka Companion haka, popularized by the All Blacks. This question advises me of the Hawai’i ones in that it makes me ask yourself if you realize we are different individuals.

11. “Samoans aren’t Native.”.

This is just silly to me because you could invest one minute on Google and also inform on your own. Samoans are the Native individuals of– shocker!– Samoa.

12. “You’re so exotic!”.

If you call a woman unique, you’re generally stating her appeal is “various other”– versus the backdrop of mainstream white beauty. If you’re trying to be nice, any of the normal praises you give to women will certainly do!

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