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Session 3: Perspectives from the Pacific

FREE (registration required)

What’s in a name? For people, itʻs a way we identify ourselves, who we are and where we come from. It’s a way we tell others how we want to be seen. It’s also a way for us to take back power. Join filmmakers, community and arts leaders in conversation tackling the significance of separating the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community from Asians and Asian Americans and separating the umbrella term Asian American Pacific Islander or AAPI. Naming and distinguishing the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people is a positive step towards acknowledging the difference but there is still a long way to go for equal representation and visibility of the Pacific Islander perspective. Panelists will discuss how both communities may work together to support and uplift one another to advocate for a more authentic representation for all.

This program is co-presented by A-Doc and Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Alika Tengan, Director, Everyday in Kaimukī
Ciara Lacy, Director, This is the Way We Rise
Tad Nakamura, Director, Mele Murals
Tavae Samuelu, Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Cheryl Hirasa, Interim Executive Director, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Dates & Times



Wed, May 11
4:00 pm