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APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans) Racial Justice: Pasifika/Pacific Islander Communities


As a result of U.S. Census classification categories and pan-ethnic racial organizing, Pacific Islander communities, or Pasifika (including Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Chamorros, among many other groups) have frequently been grouped together with Asian Americans in the United States. However, as Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholar Lisa Kahaleole Hall writes in American Quarterly, "Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are not Asian Americans, and all Pacific Islanders are not Hawaiian."

Articles and Websites

Local Resources & Activism

Streaming Media

Pasifika Narratives

This video series from PICA-WA highlights "local Pacific Islanders in Washington who share their cultural resilience and discuss holistic health during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Terisa Tinei Siagatonu - Atlas - for Fast for the Climate

“A brilliant poem about the intersectionality between climate justice, identity and colonialism from Samoan-American poet Terisa Tinei Siagatonu of Spoken Word for the World.”

The U.S. Census Bureau proudly presents this powerful rendition of “This is Me” performed by Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander artists and dancers from across the country to invite and inspire their community to be seen, heard, and counted in the 2020 Census.

What is UPRISE?| Pacific Islander High School Summit

"High schools within the Highline Public School Districts and around the Seattle Area gather together to become educated and network with others": 2018 theme: "Pasifika Narratives or the importance of using our voices to advocate for change in systems."

(S)pacific Spaces

Pacific Islander spaces at the University of Washington Seattle Campus

Prutehi Litekyan | Mobilizing Against Militarization: Our Never Ending Fight
The organization Prutehi Litekyan created this video describing protests against militarization in the Marianas.

Library Books on Pacific Islander Communities