Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders: "A Community of Contrasts" #IAMBEYOND

The month of May is Asian Pacific Islander month, in a new report titled "A Community of Contrasts" the report shows that Pacific Islanders have some of the highest rates of poverty, incarceration and low rates of higher education. 

In a new campaign started by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) folks from all ages across the country are sharing their narratives in response to the report and an awareness of higher education in the communities across the nation.

Here are what folks are #hashtagging #IAMBEYOND, check it out!

"Do not settle for mediocrity. You are more than what society percieves to be."

"I am beyond the romanticized, commercialized, fetishized, exoticized versions of my culture."

In highlight of the recent controversy of UC Irvines Phi Gamma Delta's racist
themed islander party, filmmaker and community organizer Danny Ve'evalu writes,
"I am beyond ethnic specific themed frat parties!"

"I am beyond an undocumented student, there should be no limitations to my education."

"I am beyond my physical body"

"I am beyond the presumptions that associate Pacific Islander men with negative
stereotypes and lifestyles: The school to prison pipeline, the standardized
assessmentsand statistics that inaccurately define our value in society"

"I am beyond you stories about us! We will tell our own stories, we will
write our own history, we will script our own future."

"We are more than what the world perceives us to be!"

About Jean Melesaine

Jean Melesaine is a queer Samoan community activist, documentary photographer and editor with Silicon Valley De-Bug. 

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solid piece very informative very grateful

Thank you so much Jean for doing this! This is awesome. I appreciate you.

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