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Successful answers to this question must include Pacific Islanders’ racialization as an ‘essential workforce’ in Utah and the broader US.

The population of Pacific Islanders continues to grow, with some of the descendants of Iosepa remaining important members.

The cities of Salt Lake and West Valley have the largest and second‐largest Tongan population; indeed, one in four Tongans in the entire US resides in Utah (UDOH n.d.‐b ).

Salt Lake City has the fourth‐largest population of Samoans and the greatest number of Pacific Islanders of all US cities (UDOH n.d.‐c ).

Other states that do not disaggregate Pacific Islanders usually aggregate them amongst Asian American, Multiracial, or Other (Hafoka et al.

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