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The children of Pacific Islanders living in Utah are at greater risk for smoking, drug use and drinking, despite coming from...


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By Sarah Gambles, Deseret News Published: Wednesday, Sept21 2011 12:58 a.mMDT var pwidget_config = { shareQuote: false, copypaste: false, defaults: { afterShare: false } }; !function(d,s,id){ var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)){ js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs); } }(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // Po.st config Summary The children of Pacific Islanders living in Utah are at greater risk for smoking, drug use and drinking, despite coming from cultures with profoundly strong family ties. SALT LAKE CITY — The children of Pacific Islanders living in Utah are at greater risk for smoking, drug use and drinking, despite coming from cultures with profoundly strong family ties Tonight, Polynesian parents can gather culturally appropriate and proven strategies to address these and other issues affecting their children and families at "Navigating the Future," a conference scheduled from 5:30 to 10 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 ESouth Temple The forum will address education for Pacific Islander youth, said Phil Uipi, a conference organizer who was the first Tongan to serve in the Utah House of Representatives and who now works as a real-estate broker at a law firm in Salt Lake "The focus should be getting an education," Uipi said"Once they get an education, they can understand the value of their culture and function better in society." Mark HWilles, president and chief executive officer of Deseret Management Corp., will open the conferenceAfter his remarks during a light dinner, participants will go to separate sessions on health, education, finance and parenting Vai Sikahema, former BYU and NFL star and current sports director for the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, will give the keynote address Sikahema was the first Tongan to play in the NFL and will offer insight into the Pacific Islander culture and how to preserve it in the youth "It's one of those things you can't escape," said Hema Katoa, a social worker and advocate for the Pacific Islander community"There's still that Tongan part we have to identify withWe can't wash the color of our skin offFor that matter, it's a Pacific Islander's identity, if they don't show it, that worries me." Ben Au, the chairman of the Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce, said the Polynesian community has a special niche in UtahHe said the chamber focuses on helping Pacific Islander youth find their identity and reach their academic goals "Basically, the chamber is kind of focused on helping youth to become business people, business owners," Au said"And one of our goals is to help in their educational pursuits so they can become business ownersWe're not just focused on jobs they get through college but also trades people." For more information, those interested can call (801) 691-2500, email utpievent@gmail.com or register online at navigatingthefuture.rsvpbook.com Contributing: Marjorie Cortez email: sgambles@desnews.com var pwidget_config = { shareQuote: false, copypaste: false, defaults: { afterShare: false } }; !function(d,s,id){ var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)){ js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs); } }(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // Po.st config Vignette V6 afb3680d215cb429cfa4f409ab90db109b99a5b6 Mon Feb 09 18:48:09 2015 Recommended Stories DNA babies OK British lawmakers have voted to approve letting scientists create babies from the DNA of three people. SPONSORED 5 benefits hybrid Not just great mileage: Onboard driving tutor and no-idle feature are just two of the perks to driving a hybrid DNA babies British lawmakers will vote Tuesday on whether to let scientists use controversial techniques to create babies. Popular Comments See all 4 comments » Curtis Hight Juneau, AK I have a friend who was a young bishop of a ward with a notable Polynesian membership, and I once noted my concern to him that the Young Single Adult Family Home Evening lessons and volleyball games were highly segregatedI later emailed him: More.. 2:30 a.mSept21, 2011 Top comment TahitianSamoan PROVO, UT Great article!!! Appreciate the coverage our community has been receiving But, where are the interviews with the two individuals in the photos? I want to know more about them Christina Meredith is in law school at BYU and Victor Narsimulu is More.. 9:17 a.mSept21, 2011 Top comment USAlover Salt Lake City, UT I think individuality transcends raceNo one should be forced to "identify" with a culture that doesn't feel right to them. 9:27 a.mSept21, 2011 Top comment Comments Leave a comment » DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readersWe welcome your thoughtful comments.— About comments About the Author Sarah Gambles Connect:

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