Talanoa with Pasifika Artists Jocelyn Ng, Teresa Siagatonu, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Jahra Rager Wasasala.
In this episode, we have four amazing Pasifika artists in the studio to talanoa about their work, activism, identity, dealing with haters, and self care. Lots of gems in this episode!
Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng is a queer multidisciplinary artist, educator, community organizer of mixed Kanaka Maoli descent who was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. Her work explores queerness, mixed identity, Oceania, dismantling patriarchy, womyn empowerment, and a unique fascination with the dark.
Terisa Siagatonu is an award winning poet, arts educator, and community organizer born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her opportunities to perform in places ranging from the White House to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France.
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshall Islander poet. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. As an artist and organizer, she is dedicated to empowering Marshallese youth to seek solutions to climate change and other environmental impacts threatening their home island.
Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and poet. She was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Jahra has roots in many places around the world, and her pacific heritage comes from the islands of Fiji. Her work aims to serve as a platform to create open discussions on the connections with historical events.
Moderated by: 'Anapesi Ka'ili
Produced by: Richard Wolfgramm
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