This essay seeks to explore the relationship between a Samoan mother and son who is Niuean Samoan. The complexities of youth, sexuality, parenting, and lack thereof are traversed. The vulnerability of being naked is used as a metaphor for speaking “truth.” To speak truth you must be willing to be stripped naked. To hear your child's truth often means bearing witness to their nakedness and in return giving them a naked safe sacred space to share. This essay is an example of creative-relational inquiry between mother and son.
Hear, Here You're Naked Truth
Fetaui Iosefo is the daughter of Samoan migrant dreamers, Su'a Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope. She is the life partner of Sonny Iosefo and the mother of two gorgeous souls, Joshua and Muamai. Fetaui is also a PhD candidate and works for the University of Auckland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Iosefo is the son of Fetaui and Sonny Iosefo, the older brother to Muamai Iosefo, the grandson of Samoan migrant dreamers, Su'a Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope, and the partner of Dallin Williams. Joshua is an MA student at the Auckland University of Technology. Email: email@example.com.
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Fetaui Iosefo, Joshua Iosefo; Hear, Here You're Naked Truth. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 May 2020; 9 (2): 62–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.2.62
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