|Mata Brown and Finau Conklin, Salt Lake City, UT: an interview by Savani Aupiu, 4 December 2008: Pacific Islanders Oral History Project, U-1969
|No. 725 Mata Brown and Finau Conklin
|Brown, Mata; Conklin, Finau
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|Fiji, http://sws.geonames.org/2205218/ ; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States, http://sws.geonames.org/5780993/ ; Hawaii, United States, http://sws.geonames.org/5855797/
|Brown, Mata--Interviews; Conklin, Finau--Interviews; Pacific Islander Americans--Utah--Biography; Pacific Islanders--Utah--Social conditions; Latter Day Saints--Interviews
|Transcript (47 pages) of an interview by Savani Aupiu with Mata Brown and Finau Conklin on 4 December 2008. Part of the Pacific Islanders Oral History Project, Everett Cooley Collection tape no. U-1969
|Twins Mata Brown and Finau Conklin were born and raised in Fiji. Their uncle, Sitiveni Rabuka, was the prime minister of Fiji. They attended college in Hawaii and Utah, starting at BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Mata received a BA from BYU in political science, and Finau took hers in social work. Both are LDS and describe their conversion to that faith, including their experiences with the Methodist and Adventist churches in Fiji. Mata is married to a man from Idaho and Finau to a man from California. They discuss growing up in Fiji at some length, including politics and Indian-Fijian ethnic relations and describe life in Utah and Hawaii. Both mention having been subjected to some discrimination. The interview is full of detail on Fijian life, religion, and Polynesian experiences in Utah. Project: Pacific Islander Oral History Project. Interviewer: Savani Aupiu.
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|Pacific Islander Americans; Pacific Islanders--Social conditions; Mormons--Biography