25 May 2020

Samoan author debuts new fictional e-book during lockdown

From , 5:00 am on 25 May 2020

A new e-book that addresses the challenges of being a teine Sāmoa, or Samoan girl, has launched this week on Samoan Language Week 2020.

How does Lani - an afakasi Samoan in junior high school - confront her fear of the so-called 'real Samoans' and embrace her heritage?

That's one of themes in a new book by Wellington-based writer Dahlia Malaeulu, to coincide with Samoan language week.

The story, which is aimed at young teens, tells the story of four women who are all confronting their questions of identity.

It was written by Ms Malaeulu in seven days, while she was in coronavirus lockdown.

Dahlia Malaeulu tells our reporter Sela Jane Hopgood it was inspired by the reaction to an article she wrote about her own identity this time last year.

Author and educator from Wainuiomata, Dahlia Malaeulu

Author and educator from Wainuiomata, Dahlia Malaeulu Photo: Supplied / Dahlia Malaeulu