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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995
People with no health insurance and little tradition of using Western medicine often don't realize they have a treatable illness such as hypertension until they end up in the emergency room. A new project reaches two groups with specific health problems, Samoan immigrants and American Indians. It offers to older women in each group health advice and assistance that they can share with their families.
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October 13, 1991 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's late in the afternoon at Winfield Scott Park in Carson. Street-wise youths are sitting on park tables. Tennis courts are full, and about a dozen kids are practicing flag football on a field shared with a soccer team. The biggest kids on the field are Samoan. Their size, like that of their elders, is considerable. To the Samoans, that stature is a source of pride. And it draws attention. Yet, paradoxically, Samoans are among the South Bay's most overlooked, misunderstood ethnic groups.
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May 21, 1995 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a bang of his gavel, Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon, a brand-new subcommittee chairman, has just called a meeting to order and is trying to trudge ahead. But his Democratic colleagues are waging partisan war, attempting to exploit the Santa Clarita congressman's inexperience. They're stalling. They're arguing.
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