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Oceanic Fluidarities

Gender and Sexuality in Pacific Islander Diasporas

April 8

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

You will be able to access all or any one of the April Pacific Islands Studies Symposium panels by registering.

What does it mean to teach Pacific Studies in the current moment? What are the pedagogies, both old and new, that Pacific Islander scholars, activists, teachers, and performers are drawing on to educate and foster knowledge relevant to Pacific Islander people?

This event is part of the Pacific Islands Studies Symposium.

The symposium is intended to support efforts to expand the course offerings associated with the newly launched undergraduate Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies and to contribute to the field of Pacific Studies by converting the panels into an iBook for the Teaching Oceania Series. The symposium is supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the University of Utah’s Global Learning Across the Disciplines.


Lani Teves

Stephanie Nohelani Teves
University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa

Stephanie Nohelani Teves (Kanaka Maoli) is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she teaches courses on Indigenous feminisms and queer theory. Teves is author of Defiant Indigeneity: The Politics of Hawaiian Performance andco-editor of Native Studies Keywords.

Keith Camacho

Keith Camacho
University of California, Los Angeles

Keith L. Camacho is a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the author of Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam (Duke University Press, 2019), the editor of Reppin’: Pacific Islander Youth and Native Justice (University of Washington Press, 2021), and the former senior editor of Amerasia Journal. Elsewhere, Professor Camacho has facilitated educational workshops for the College of Micronesia, the Kutturan Chamoru Foundation, the National Pacific Islander Education Network, the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, and the PolyStrong Leadership Foundation, among other organizations.

Lenn Pereira

Lenn Pereira

Lenn is currently a case manager in a reentry services program for adults on felony probation and previously mentored/case managed gang-identified minors and transitional-aged youth in a gang intervention/diversion program in Ventura County. 

Originally from Carson California, Lenn had early gang affiliations with ethnic Samoan/Polynesian in the Harbor Area/South Bay of Los Angeles. Army veteran, four years active duty, fours years National Guard in Los Alamitos California. Overseas tour in South Korea for 14 months. Former meth addict for 12 years, struggled with alcoholism for more than two decades, entered the Dream Center Discipleship program as a diversion from extensive incarceration; sober since July 1st, 2012.

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu
University of California, Berkeley

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan scholar, storyteller and community organizer. She received her doctorate from the Comparative Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 and she is a 2021 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Native American Studies at University of California, Davis. She is working on two book manuscripts; The Mana of the Tongan Everyday: Tongan Grief and Mourning, Patriarchal Violence, and Remembering Va and a collection of creative non-fiction narratives titled, Looking For Hine Nui Te Po: Searching for Our Mother. Fui is a historian for the Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led land trust that works to rematriate Indigenous lands. She hosts the popular Sogorea Te Land Trust “Seeding Hope” speaker series and in addition, she hosts the radio segment “From Moana Nui to California; Indigenous Women’s Stories of Land” on KPFA 94.1 FM. In Fall 2020, she co-curated with San Francisco Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, Our Moana Nui; We are Pacific Islander Studies, a literary event sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library that featured and honored the life and work of Albert Wendt. This literary project as well as the up-coming Fall 2021 symposium examining the collaborations between the Black Panther Party with the Polynesian Panthers in Aotearoa/New Zealand connecting the legacies of these movements to contemporary and local Pacific Islander and American Indian movements in the Bay Area, California, for Black Lives Matters, sponsored by UC Berkeley and Stanford University, are conversations curated by Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu and they are a part of a series of projects advocating and expanding the scope of Pacific Islands Studies in the California Ethnic Studies curriculum.


Tanjerine Vei

Tanjerine Vei
University of Utah

Tanjerine Vei is a Ph.D. candidate in Education, Culture, and Society, at the University of Utah. Their research focuses on the development of pedagogies that promote critical consciousness and healing, spiritual activism, and community building. A central focus of these pedagogical approaches is creating teaching and learning environments that take on a playful spirit that can facilitate dialogue across difference. Within this approach, artmaking, broadly defined, becomes a means for both generating personally meaningful creations as well as for engaging in collective processes of meaning-making as participants explore the personal and systemic complexities of current social issues. Their dissertation, titled “Spiritual Activism in Activist Education: Examining the Spirit of Transformative Pedagogies,” is a critical participatory action research project wherein the research conducted is in community with those for whom the research is intended. In this project, a team of activist educators utilizes queer phenomenology to trace the presence of underlying oppressive forces that can manifest in activist approaches to teaching and learning and seeks to turn toward spiritual activist and decolonial ideologies as guides for undoing and creating anew their educational practices in an ongoing process of studied change. Tanjerine is also an artist and gardener who enjoys creating visual art on paper and canvas as well as in living landscapes and they delight in making kombucha and taking care of their three cats with their partner.

Organizer: Pacific Islands Studies Initiative