One of the ongoing challenges faced by Pacific Islanders is the sense of inferiority that is often manifested from living on a relatively isolated island. On her upbringing in Kaua’i, Noe writes, “It really does take work to make yourself believe that you could be more than what is expected of you. What is expected of you as someone from a small island is to not amount to much. If you are from the middle of nowhere, you are convinced through media and other forces that you are not empowered to break any sort of cycle or challenge the status quo that your family or community has.” 3 3 - Noe, interview, 2018.
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