MYTHS, TERRORISM, AND JUSTICE
Themes in Pacific and Asian Literature and Film
Imin Conference Center
58 November 2002
The attacks on the New York World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, and
the US response, carry significant worldwide implications. Peoples and
nation-states in the Asia-Pacific regions are dealing with many of these
implications, including what appear to be a global realignment of political
and economic alliances, a hardening of various fundamentalisms, and a possible
expansion and deepening of US military roots in these regions.
What are the challenges confronting peoples of the Asia-Pacific regions,
particularly indigenous peoples? How can film, writing, indigenous myths,
oral literature, and other repositories of our cultural heritage shed light
on the current geopolitical situation, on terrorism, and on justice? What
are the myths we circulate about people who are different from us? These
questions and more will be the focus of some of the world's foremost filmmakers,
producers, scholars, and writers who will present their work as well as
discuss the many ways that different forms of storytelling can help us
better understand our new world. The themes of the conference and Fall
Celebration of Writers underscore our collective need to understand
the nature and causes of terrorism as we strive together for peace and
justice for all peoples everywhere.
Vilsoni Hereniko and Ruth
Hsu are the conference conveners. The conference is made possible
by a grant to the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies from International
Education and Graduate Programs, US Department of Education. Program
information will soon be available on-line or contact Tisha Hickson,
tel (808) 956-2652; fax (808) 956-7053; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is being held in collaboration with the Hawaii
International Film Festival; Pacific
Islanders in Communications, through funding from the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting; and NETPAC/USA (Network
for the Promotion of Asian Cinema).