Incognito in Sāmoa – Early 2018

Ma’au i lou ofaga. Maua’a lou fa’asinomaga
Keep your identity alive to thrive ~Samoan Language Week 2017 Theme

Blog coming soon!


Program: SIT Study Abroad
Theme: Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania
Region: Polynesia
Places: Sāmoa, Hawai’i, Fiji
Dates: TBD; anticipated early 2018

Overview: While the Gillig Lo-Flo’s are being delivered to Metro in early 2018, I will be studying abroad in Sāmoa! In this one-semester (15-week) long program I will examine how Pacific Islander communities and identities are impacted by colonialism, globalization and climate change (sorry, no ‘bus-fanning’ this time). Particularly, I am interested in understanding how Pacific Islander cultures contribute to solidarity and social change for Pacific Islander groups abroad, taking into account implications of colonialism and global change. I hope my time in Sāmoa will deepen my understanding of, and strengthen my connection to the language, culture, and social structures in Samoan communities.

Funding: This project relies on competing for, and receiving competitive funding.