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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