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April 14, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tuni Simi hesitates only a bit before asserting that, no, he is not afraid to leave his tightknit Samoan community in Carson and go off to San Diego State on a full football scholarship next fall. Part of the reason he wants to leave, he said, is to shatter the stereotypes about Samoans that constrain many friends and relatives. "A lot of people think we're just big dumb guys who aren't that smart and only know how to play sports and be in gangs," said Simi, 17, a senior at Carson High School.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tuni Simi hesitates only a bit before asserting that, no, he is not afraid to leave his tightknit Samoan community in Carson and go off to San Diego State on a full football scholarship next fall. Part of the reason he wants to leave, he said, is to shatter the stereotypes about Samoans that constrain many friends and relatives. "A lot of people think we're just big dumb guys who aren't that smart and only know how to play sports and be in gangs," said Simi, 17, a senior at Carson High School.
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May 2, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pele Faletogo is drawing heavily on a cigarette, deriding the extravagance of traditional Samoan funeral rites in a way that he is certain will rankle many in the community. "I am Samoan and I respect Samoan culture, but if there is one thing I would want to cut, it is the funeral expenses," he says, his voice a deep baritone. Ceremonies sometimes cost more than $40,000.
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May 2, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pele Faletogo is drawing heavily on a cigarette, deriding the extravagance of traditional Samoan funeral rites in a way that he is certain will rankle many in the community. "I am Samoan and I respect Samoan culture, but if there is one thing I would want to cut, it is the funeral expenses," he says, his voice a deep baritone. Ceremonies sometimes cost more than $40,000.
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