My name is Catherine Elizabeth Seali'itualemalietoa To'omalatai Figiel. I am Samoan, Polish, and a Park Cook Islander. I was born in Samoa and moved to Utah in 2012. I am interested in international studies, linguistics, and communication, and I hope to participate in community activities and cultivate and inspire change in our Asian Pacific Islander communities.
January 20th, 2022 | 17 mins 56 secs
We continue our collaboration with Dr. Xiumei Pu in her project "Mountains and Stories." Mountains and Stories is a community-building endeavor among diverse Asian and Pacific Islander refugee and immigrant families living in Salt Lake Valley. Anchored in the theme of mountains, the project consists of a twelve-part podcast, a documentary, and a series of local events. It is our hope that these efforts will amplify the environmental voices of Asian and Pacific Islander refugee and immigrant communities, and spark more public interest in thinking about the connection between culture, identity, and the natural environment. In this episode, we talk with Catherine Elizabeth Seali'itualemalietoa To'omalatai Figiel. Catherine is a Samoan, Polish, and a Park Cook Islander. I was born in Samoa and moved to Utah in 2012. She discusses growing up in Samoa and staying connected to her roots after moving to the Salt Lake Valley.