The Contemporary Pacific The Contemporary Pacific 29:2 features art by Selwyn Muru and includes articles by Elfriede Hermann and Wolfgang Kempf (“Climate Change and the Imagining of Migration: Emerging Discourses on Kiribati’s Land Purchase in Fiji”) and the late Teresia Teaiwa ("Charting Pacific [Studies] Waters: Evidence of Teaching and Learning”), along with a dialogue piece by David Hanlon (“Losing Oceania to the Pacific and the World”). Political reviews of the region and of Melanesia, along with nine 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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