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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 30) – The village council of Alao in American Samoa has moved to ban Asian-owned businesses within its boundaries.

The community’s ranking chief, Sogimaletavai Leo, says the council wants to protect small Samoan-owned shops.

Sogimaletavai says there is an increasing number of Asian-owned stores popping up in neighboring villages on the eastern end of Tutuila.

Local leaders believed they had to make a stand:

They believe that if they do not act, the Koreans, and Chinese and Orientals are going to take over these stores that had been operated for generations by Samoans, and they don’t believe that Samoans are on an equal footing as far as finances; their business acumen is on a higher level, and they won’t be able to compete fairly with the Asian-owned businesses.

January 31, 2005

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