March 6, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

Launch | Samoan Queer Lives by Yuki Kihara & Dan Taulapapa McMullin | In-store Wednesday 20th March, 5:30-7:30pm

Launch | Samoan Queer Lives by Yuki Kihara & Dan Taulapapa McMullin | In-store Wednesday 20th March, 5:30-7:30pm

Join Unity Books & Little Island Press for the launch of


Co-edited by Dan Taulapapa McMullin & Yuki Kihara

In-store Wednesday 20th March, 5:30-7:30pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis Street

Guest speaker: Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Alex Su’a, contributing author, will read an excerpt from her chapter.
Ms Mikaela Saelua, Society of Fa’afafine in American Samoa (SOFIAS), will join co-editor Yuki Kihara for a panel discussion.

Samoan Queer Lives is a collection of personal stories from one of the world’s unique indigenous queer cultures. The first of its kind, this book features a collection of autobiographical pieces by fa`afafine, transgender, and queer people of Sāmoa, one of the original continuous indigenous queer cultures of Polynesia and the Pacific Islands.

Featuring 14 autobiographical stories from fa`afafine and LGBTIQ Samoans based in Sāmoa, Amerika Sāmoa, Australia, Aotearoa NZ, Hawai`i and USA. Includes a foreword and introduction by co-editors Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Yuki Kihara. Each story is accompanied by a portrait.

“I’ve never really tried to be either a girl or a guy. I’ve always been me. And I suppose being me is fa`afafine. Then, all of the expression I put in my work is I. It’s not colored by any gender of any kind. I’ve never been cautious of what is man or woman, how I see my perspective of any situation, and it was not ever politicised or in a contest where a fa`afafine or a man or a woman is treated in any way.”

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