What does being Samoan mean to those living outside of Samoa??...

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Jan 3, 2009
 
Being Samoan represent different things to different people,for me personally it represents my roots (fa'asinomaga),aiga,its one thing that nobody else can take away from me..being Samoan keeps me grounded because I know I belong somewhere..o lea la sou manatu??..
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Akemashite Omedeto gozaimasu! Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!! Thats Happy New Years and this year please be kind upon me or our relationship (in japanese of course lol)...
Maniua le tausaga fou!!! 2009.

Hey ProudHamo.
Nice topic. Being half Japanese and Samoan hence my name JaSan (JapaneseSamoan) it is like you said "roots".
Though i dont fully understand the FaaSamoa but i always feel the sense of being connected to the land (fanua) thru the aiga or family and culture. Being Samoan also means to me that Faaaloalo and maintaining a respectable and good relationship with others is important not for now but for the future. One thing that i have always remembered from my experiences in Samoa is humility, giving and forgiveness displayed. When I think of Samoa one word sums it all up. Alofa.
Even before the White Missionaries arrived, Samoa was well established with culture, morales and values. I believe Samoans are the most lima foa`i `est people in the World but of course others may disagree. Theres much more to what it means to be Samoan. God bless Samoa and her people.
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People outside of samoa would think of samoans as the most respectfullest people that they know,. Some people also say that there culture is so out of there reach. Some would also think that the way they teach there kids is way too harsh..And coming from the kids view that is true. Samoans say "we do it because we love our kids" in some cases that may be true, but in most cases that's not true at all..they do it because they're mad most of the time..but thats just my saying and my way of seeing it from the palagi side of view...
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Fia.

Your right. The Samoan culture is respectable and for non samoans who want to critic so out of thier reach. Its Samoan culture of Kings lords noblemen and chiefs. If you remember a black singer by the name MC hammer he told it rightly when he said " you cant touch this".....

and fia you dont sound palagi. e maua lava oe i le fasi fa`i ua e iloa?
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thanks to JaSan, fia, and Proud Hamo for your comments. this is a great topic! To me being raised outside of Samoa affected me greatly. As i was learning about my heritage at an advanced age, i could see where we get "distracted". you have the freshies wanting to try the different lifestyle, then you have the 1st-2nd generation that were born and raised outside of Samoa that truly yearn to be more native. But to focus on the topic, it is life to me. whether it be our language, our family like Proud Hamo said, lima foa'i like JaSan, or respectful like fia stated. when i oversee the poly dancers in my area, 99.9% know very little about being who they represent. i believe that the aiga, and all that that entails, must continue to be foundational, or our way of life that have within us (wherever we are in the world)perishes. JaSan said it right....alofa

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Tate Simi once wrote:

"To be Samoan, educate yourself enough so you may understand the ways of other people, but not too much that you may loose your understanding of your own. Try things palagi, not so you may become palagi but so you may see the value of things Samoan. Learn to speak Samoan, not so you maybe seen as Samoan, but you may feel the essence of being Samoan. Above all be aware of what you are, so you may save yourself the agony of those who are asking "Who am I.""

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Jan 10, 2009
 
By the way Tate Simi is the CEO of Samoa's Ministry of Commerse, Labour and Industry.

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Jan 14, 2009
 
Proud Hamo wrote:
By the way Tate Simi is the CEO of Samoa's Ministry of Commerse, Labour and Industry.
Lemalu Tate Simi is now the new appointed High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia.
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Hats off to you girls, like the topic and where is Oprah with all these ideas you girls are coming up with. Well, my 2cents piece into this topic is that it makes me appreciate my identity putting essence to my roots more than ever before. For some of us who grew up in the islands, we never had the appreciation as we have had to cope with all the pros and cons of life on the island but moving outside Samoa, it made us realise what we have truly missed. This made me as a person appreciate my culture, my language and my being Samoan even more.
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Proud Hamo wrote:
Tate Simi once wrote:
"To be Samoan, educate yourself enough so you may understand the ways of other people, but not too much that you may loose your understanding of your own. Try things palagi, not so you may become palagi but so you may see the value of things Samoan. Learn to speak Samoan, not so you maybe seen as Samoan, but you may feel the essence of being Samoan. Above all be aware of what you are, so you may save yourself the agony of those who are asking "Who am I.""
I say no more. Been afakasi helps to see the value of been Samoan. This is so helpful.

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For me it has been a difficult transition. I love my culture because it does define my heritage, my childhood, my morals and the way I feel/act when I am with my family. However, there have been times when, for the sake of my family, I have had to sacrifice a bit of my heart to ensure that they are taken care of. I miss home very much and I believe that I will always be homesick, but I have found that I only have to see my parents, my siblings, and speaking with them, laughing with them, is all that it takes to feel at home again.

I may have left Samoa, but it's memory will always be with me, just as it's essence will always run in my veins.

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peter taliloa

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Jan 15, 2009
 
Being Samoan to the Samoans that are living outside of Samoa is 'SAMOAN'.Once a Samoan will always be a Samoan.The only difference is...that were not in Samoa anymoa.
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Can someone please explain why samoans in Auckland especially the youth are so into crime?

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Bill wrote:
Can someone please explain why samoans in Auckland especially the youth are so into crime?
Happy "NEW YEAR" to you Bill. I don't know what your motive is in asking this particular question especially when it's not relevant to this thread..all I know is what went down last year. If your intention is to create more tension and continue along the same path as 2008 then that is regrettable.

This is 2009, why not let bygones be bygones and start the year on a positive note, surely as people we've grown and moved on better and a lot wiser by the experience. How about we make a concerted effort to get along. Life is too short to be squabbling amongst ourselves over who's right and wrong when there are more impotant things in life to worry about!

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Bill wrote:
Can someone please explain why samoans in Auckland especially the youth are so into crime?
Happy New Year Bill! I have come to the regrettable conclusion that you enjoy instigating conflicts within particular subjects. As intelligent as, I believe, you are, this particular question does not pertain to this topic matter. However, I also believe that should you enter the same question under its proper heading you will receive the appropriate answer.

It is the "New Year", let the past remain where it should. Let the present be as Proud Hamo says it should be. Malo le onosa'i.'Amu'ia le tagata 'ele savali 'ile filifiliga 'oe amio leaga.
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Jan 15, 2009
 
You people are up yourselves
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Jan 15, 2009
 
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You people are up yourselves
Bill you are so funny! You really are.

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You people are up yourselves
Bill..tsk tsk tsk tsk!

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alofa777 wrote:
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Happy New Year Bill! I have come to the regrettable conclusion that you enjoy instigating conflicts within particular subjects. As intelligent as, I believe, you are, this particular question does not pertain to this topic matter. However, I also believe that should you enter the same question under its proper heading you will receive the appropriate answer.
It is the "New Year", let the past remain where it should. Let the present be as Proud Hamo says it should be. Malo le onosa'i.'Amu'ia le tagata 'ele savali 'ile filifiliga 'oe amio leaga.
Fa'afetai lava "alofa777"..o lota vaai lava ma lota fa'aloalo i le tatou mafutaga, ae ua toeitiiti foi oso mai loa i luga le toto Saina clear loa le floor ae fai le karate..lol..auuuooii se ga o kagaka fa'akiga ulu se!

Manuia le weekend.
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Jan 16, 2009
 
You're such a proud race! Buy a mirror and look at yourselves before posting, may make you more humble.

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