Peace is found within the family

By Ilia L. Likou and Aruna Lolani ,

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Junior Chang from Leusoali’i. (Photo: Ilia L Likou)

There’s no place like home.

That is the belief of Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

When speaking to the Village Voice; the 27 year old said you can’t find peace anywhere else but at home.Not for him the bright lights and buzz of Apia. 

“Home is where peace lies within,” he told Village Voice. “Where there’s peace, there’s happiness.”

“I love my life right now especially living a life in the rural village because I always feel at peace with no problems.

“It’s true we do run into minor problems from time to time within the village but life in the rural village; it’s manageable because everything is easy and everyone get along fine with each other.

“Everyone just goes about doing their own thing without looking at what the other person is doing. They don’t meddle with other families’ matters.”

According to Junior, he can’t imagine himself anywhere else but home.

“For me, home is always the best place to be. You feel safe within your own walls and nobody has your back like your own family. 

“I am the eldest amongst my siblings and I am trying my best to be the best role model for the younger ones.

“I think that’s the problem in some families nowadays is that they don’t know their roles and responsibilities anymore.

“Too many people in Apia have made it so hard for people to find peace within themselves. It’s too crowded and that’s why they always end up somewhere else seeking advice and peace rather than from their own families.

“But we always need time to be alone with our families especially our parents’ right?

“That’s the good thing about staying in the rural villages; we are encouraged to take our families seriously. We are encouraged to know how to work out ways to put food on the table for our families.

That’s our focus and everybody else knows that so that’s why over here; another person doesn’t mind another’s business because they know their place and they know their responsibility.”

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