Photo exhibit challenges anti-Micronesian attitudes in Hawaii

Nicole Yamase, PhD

A photography exhibit by veteran Pacific journalist Floyd K. Takeuchi opens in Honolulu on September 1 with the explicit purpose of challenging local negative stereotypes about the state’s small but highly visible Micronesian immigrant population. The exhibit features full-length photographic portraits of nine women of Micronesian ancestry, all wearing the distinctive embroidered skirt that’s particularly popular in the Central Caroline Islands of Pohnpei and Chuuk.

The twist that Takeuchi introduces is that visitors to the exhibit, which is on display at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu’s historic Chinatown District from September 1 . . .

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