Deep Pacific Podcast
Deep Dives into Pacific Issues
April 4, 2021

S2E1 - What does it mean to be Pasifika diaspora?

Six Indigenous islanders share experiences of being diasporic (or not), (be)longing, and hope

[S2:EP#1] What does being diasporic Pasifika mean to me?

Six Indigenous Pacific Islanders dive deep into their experiences of loving home from a distance, and whether or not they consider themselves diasporic [not all do!]. Kalani then discusses a scientific paper on using a gendered lens to describe women’s fishing activities and marine governance in a marine preserve in the Solomon Islands, Melanesia.

In this episode you will hear from:

  • Austin, a diasporic Yapese-Palauan living in the Kingdom of Hawai’i
  • Brooke, a Tongan-Niuean-Samoan Pasifika woman living in Aotearoa
  • Kawena, our favorite angry Hawaiian Kanaka Maoli revolutionary in the making
  • Te Tangaroa, a displaced Maori in Australia who wishes to return home
  • Danideru, a diasporic Scottish-Chamorro recording, digital, and film artist
  • Carolann, a diasporic story-teller, cultural practitioner, and spoken word poet from Pohnpei


  1. Rohe, J., Schlüter, A. & Ferse, S.C.A. A gender lens on women’s harvesting activities and interactions with local marine governance in a South Pacific fishing community. Maritime Studies 17, 155–162 (2018).

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