The Contemporary Pacific 28:1 includes articles on truth commissions in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste; gender-sensitive poverty measures in Fiji; musical expression of identity and solidarity in Melanesia; and Fiji cartoonist Lai’s legacy. Two essays in the dialogue section reflect on Pacific studies as a field today. The issue also features the work of theater director Lemi Ponifasio, political reviews of Micronesia and Polynesia, and several book and media reviews.
The Contemporary Pacific 27:2 is a special issue titled "Decolonization, Language, and Identity: The Francophone Islands of the Pacific," guest-edited by Bruno Saura and Léopold Mu Si Yan. Other contributors include Natacha Gagné, Titaua Porcher-Wiart, Jacques Vernaudon, David Aymonin, and Isabelle Heutte. Photography and other art by several indigenous artists from French Polynesia and New Caledonia are featured. Reviews of the region and of Melanesia, along with several book and media reviews, round out the issue.
Te Kauhiva Tokelau: Composing and
Choreographing Cultural Sustainability, by Candice
Elanna Steiner, moves from Tokelau to the diaspora, the classroom, and
then the stage in order to understand the role of Tokelauan pehe
ma fātele (songs and dances) in the culture and language
efforts of Te Lumanaki o Tokelau i Amelika, a Tokelau culture and
language school based in Central O'ahu in Hawai'i. This is CPIS
Occasional Paper 45.
Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and
Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania, by
Diana Looser, is the latest volume (number 28) in the Pacific Islands
Monograph Series, published by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies
and the University of Hawai'i Press. It offers the first full-length
comparative study of drama by Pacific playwrights, with an overview of
significant works produced throughout the region over the past fifty
years. Detailed case studies focus on how Pacific dramatists, actors,
and directors have used theatrical performance to critically engage the
Pacific's colonial and postcolonial histories in Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New
Zealand, New Caledonia/Kanaky, and Fiji.
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