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Ryan J Betz (talk) 19:13, 5 March 2015 (UTC)Ryan J Betz

Template:"Sia Figiel's Super Effort." Diabetes Forecast. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.Ryan J Betz (talk) 19:27, 5 March 2015 (UTC)Ryan J Betz

Suggested Updates[edit]

Hello community, There are some updates that need to be made on this page. I think for the most part the ones I am suggesting are pretty easy. First off, we need a picture of Sia Figiel. After this, we desperately need a contents section with hyperlinks. I think that would could make sections for each of Figiel's major novels. Some photos of the books in the left margins of these sections I think would look nice formatting wise. In addition to this, the article could use some "beefing up" in general and more details. Miles Friday (talk) 03:06, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Where We Once Belonged[edit]

Sia Figiel's Where We Once Belonged is a Samoan novel set in the fictitious village of Malaefou. It is focused around the titular character, Alofa (a name that literally means love in the Samoan language) and her various encounters with violence and sex. [1] In telling this story, Figiel writes with complex pros that are highly poetic and dream-like. Her writing style is emblematic of Su'ife-filoi; a Samoan form of story telling centered around the "quilt-like weaving of words". [2] "Where We Once Belonged" marks the first instance of a novel published in the united States that is written by a Samoan female. [3] Miles Friday (talk) 03:16, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

They Who Do Not Grieve[edit]

They Who Do Not Grieve, published in 2003 by Kaya Press, is Sia Figiel's second novel. Writing in a highly poetic medium, "They Who Do Not Grieve" tells the story of two twin sisters who introduce tattooing to Samoa. Through this themes of self-determination, femininity, and coming of age are addressed. [4]

The Girl in the Moon Circle[edit]

The Girl in the Moon Circle is a collection of poetic works published in 1996 by the Institute of Pacific Studies. It depicts life in Samoan society from the point of view of a ten-year-old girl named Samoana. This semi-autobiographical collection illustrates the simplistic aspects of Samoan culture, along with the commonplace experiences of a young girl. [5] Bamsaker5 (talk) 04:00, 19 April 2015 (UTC)Bamsaker5

To a Young Artist in Contemplation[edit]

Figiel's To a Young Artist in Contemplation is a collection of poetry and prose published in 1998 by the Institute of Pacific Studies. [6] Bamsaker5 (talk) 21:20, 19 April 2015 (UTC)Bamsaker5


Career Highlights[edit]

In 2000 Figiel performed her Oceanic poetry at the university of Hawaii's twenty-fifth annual Pacific Island Studies conference. [7] The performances of Figiel and Teresia Teaiwa were recorded at this conference and subsequently released in a joint production with Hawai'i Dub Machine records and 'Elepaio Press. The album is titled Terenesia. [8]

Sia Figiel has also been a contributor to "The Contemporary Pacific" journal on multiple occasions, including publications in 1998 and 2010. [9] [10]


Hey guys, I think you could add a photo of Sia Figiel and an infobox to really beef up your page. Here's a link for a photo: http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/famous_people/everyday_people/sia_figiel and here's a link on how to do an infobox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Infobox_person Kkblank (talk) 17:53, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

I definitely agree that a picture makes it a lot better! We ended up emailing a representative from Shalija Patel's website and the editor sent us one that we were allowed to use without the copyright. Just something else you could look into, but its looking great!

HopehouriganIU (talk) 01:43, 20 April 2015 (UTC)Hope Hourigan

Hey guys, another aspect that I believe you guys could improve upon would be cleaning up the article as a whole to make it look like a solid wikipedia page. Taking out some of the citations within the bibliography can add fluidity and also add to the ease of reading the article as a whole. Also for some of Sia Figiel's works, putting a short paragraph explaining them to give additional insight to the wikipedia reader, especially if they do not have wikipedia pages themselves. Dlobeck (talk)

Hello group. I really think that you have done a great job with this. I really like how you described all of her works to give readers a quick glimpse of each piece of writing. I think you can maybe go in a bit more detail on Where We Once Belonged and talk about some themes in the novel. It looks good overall.Nshaffer22 (talk) 21:30, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Hey guys I really like your article on Sia Figiel. I know it must have been difficult gathering information because I just tried to look some up and it was difficult as well! I agree that you should add the picture from the link posted above, and also clean it to look more like a traditional Wikipedia page. You could do this by making more concrete sections with bold headings and spacing between them. It looks like you might have done this on the talk page, but not on the actual Wikipedia page. Breelanger9 (talk) 20:25, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Diabetes Affect[edit]

Sia Figiel's life has been affected by diabetes. Her relatives before her had diabetes which made her susceptible to getting diabetes as well. Although she was not aware that she had diabetes till 2003.

Even knowing she had diabetes she did not try to manage neither her diabetes nor her weight. In 2012 Sia Figiel weighed around 400 pounds. At this point she realized she need to change. She then began to eat healthier and exercised which resulted in her losing around 100 pounds. She also began giving speeches to help other Samoans avoid ending up with these issues.Ryan J Betz (talk) 16:29, 17 April 2015 (UTC)Ryan Betz

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Personal life[edit]

Sia Figiel's life has been affected by diabetes in various ways. Her relatives before her had diabetes and related complications caused the death of both Figiel's mother and father. In 2003 Figiel was diagnosed with type two diabetes. At the time, due to extraneous social and cultural conditions of life in Samoa, Figiel kept her Diabetes a secret. However, in 2012, paralleled by a move to the United States of America, Figiel began to address her diabetes both publicly and personally. Making public appearances at various conferences and university campuses, Figiel became an advocate of and for good health and well-being. As a testament to her success, in 2014 Figiel competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and currently maintains an active lifestyle. [12]

Miles Friday (talk) 19:29, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ Ellis, Juniper. "Reviewed Work: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel", World Literature Today Vol. 71, No. 4, Autumn 1997. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ Galea'i, Jacinta. "A Novel In Prose and Poetry", University of Hawaii, May 2005. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Sia Figiel", Kaya Press, 2015. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Sia Figiel", Kaya Press, 2015. Retrieved on 5 April 2015.
  5. ^ 'The Girl in the MoonCircle' Good Reads Retrieved on April 18 2015.
  6. ^ 'To a young artist in contemplation' Good Reads Retrieved on April 19 2015.
  7. ^ Hereniko, Vilsoni. [ http://www.jstor.org/stable/23722018 "Back to the Future: Decolonizing Pacific Studies"], The Contemporary Pacific Vol. 15, No. 1, Spring 2013. Retrieved on 6 April 2015.
  8. ^ Figiel, Sia. [ http://www.jstor.org/stable/40003257 "At 4:30 in the Morning"], Woman Studies Quarterly: Woman Then and Now Vol. 30, No. 3/4, Fall-Winter 2002. Retrieved on 6 April 2015.
  9. ^ Figiel, Sia. [ http://www.jstor.org/stable/23706889 "The Contemporary Pacific"], The Contemporary Pacific Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall 1998. Retrieved on 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ Figiel, Sia. [ http://www.jstor.org/stable/23724736 "The Contemporary Pacific"], The Contemporary Pacific Vol. 22, No. 1 1998. Retrieved on 6 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Sia Figiel's Super Effort." Diabetes Forecast. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.
  12. ^ Wahowiak, Lindsay. [ http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/mar/sia-figiels-super-effort.html "Sia Figiel's Super Effort"], Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy Living Magazine March 2014. Retrieved on 19 April 2015.