Featuring Paradise: Begins November 11
"Moving Cultures" Project Gets Underway
News in Brief
Call for Films: Fifth Annual Pacific Island Images Festival
Teaching: The New Pacific Workshop
Staff and Faculty Activities
Student and Alumni News
New Publications and Resources
"Moving Cultures" aims to reconfigure dominant conceptions of Asia-Pacific by focusing on two of the most significant transnational flows in the region: foreign workers and tourists. The initial research will examine these flows as they converge with local forces in Palau, whose population of 17,000 hosts 6,000 contract workers from the Philippines and 44,000 tourists a year from Japan and Taiwan. Specialists on Palau, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan will meet together in Palau in November to plan the research agenda, which will explore economic, social, and cultural aspects of the situation. An instructional team consisting of classroom teachers from participating institutions will produce teaching modules related to the general theme of Asia in the Pacific that can be used in undergraduate classes. For more information visit the Moving Cultures website, or email codirectors Terence WESLEY-SMITH (CPIS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geoffrey WHITE (EWC) at email@example.com.
The scholarships are for either baccalaureate or graduate study. Through this year, the program has accepted sixteen students. For information, contact the East-West Center, Pacific Islands Development Program, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848.
Major interests of the center, which is a part of the School of Anthropology and Archaeology, include cultural and social anthropology, archaeology and prehistory, languages studies, aesthetic forms of expression, human population studies, and heritage management. James Cook University has recently introduced a Master of Cultural Heritage Studies. The center's newsletter lists its publications. For more information, contact the director at Centre for Pacific Studies, School of Anthropology and Archaeology, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville 4811, Australia.
There is no web site yet, but you might keep checking the Teaching and Research index, or Departments. The new center is listed there but has no web site. When a site is put up it should show up in either or both of these two places.
This year, eight urban and regional planning students of Professor Minerbi, working with American Samoa planner Herman TUIOLOSEGA, have produced two reports: "American Samoa Village Planning Workshop, March 26-27" and "American Samoa Village Planning Workbook." The focus is on a culturally based planning process.
Mr Kalahele is one of the few artists who from the 1970s have identified themselves as Native Hawaiian artists. He has dedicated his life to the empowerment of Hawaiian and other marginalized people, and works toward this goal through his art, poetry, and teaching. Mr Kalahele organized with Soli Niheu and Puhipau the first Hawaiian sovereignty conference and has been a member of three influential Hawaiian artist organizations: Hale Naua III, Uhane Noa, and the Council of Hawaiian artists, the last of which he co-founded with Bob Freitas. Mr Kalahele has been exhibiting his drawings, paintings, and sculpture since 1974 and has had shows locally, nationally, and in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Samoa.
Mr Kalahele is available to participate in a variety of activities at the university, including lectures, discussions, and class visits. Interested UH faculty should let Gaye CHAN, Art Department, x65249, know if they would like Mr Kalahele to join any of their classes.
Professor Margaret JOLLY of the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies will be in residence at the UH Manoa campus during the spring 1998 semester as the John A Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair in History. Professor Jolly will lead a graduate seminar on gender and historical anthropology in the Pacific from 3-5 pm on Wednesdays and will offer a series of public lectures on engendering colonialism in the Pacific.
Professor Jolly has authored and edited eight books and numerous articles. Her most recent publication is a volume of essays, coedited by Lenore Manderson and published by the University of Chicago Press, titled Sites of Desire/Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities across Cultures in Asia and the Pacific. Professor Jolly is the convener of the Gender Relations Project at ANU. The John A Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair in History, established by the State Legislature, honors the memory of the former governor of Hawai'i and his special commitment to and passion for the study of history.
In addition to several campuses of the University of Hawai'i, participating institutions included: University of Auckland, University of Guam, Los Angeles Community College district, Los Angeles Harbor College, Palau Community College, Sacramento City College, San Francisco State University, Seattle Central Community College, University of the South Pacific, and Truman State University (Missouri). The workshop was supported by a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as contributions from participating institutions. In addition, a grant to the University of Hawai'i from the Ford Foundation's "Crossing Borders" initiative expanded the workshop agenda to include a planning session for the new project on Asia in the Pacific.
Future plans for the Pacific Studies Initiative include: further development of the PSI web site of syllabi, bibliographies, and other teaching resources (library.kcc.hawaii.edu/psiweb); information sharing and faculty exchange; and organization of a follow-up workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles, in September 1998. Information about the 1998 workshop may be obtained from the PSI codirectors: Geoffrey WHITE, EWC Program on Education and Training (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tisha HICKSON, UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies (at the address on the masthead).
Faysal ABDEL-GADIR, of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited the center on 28 July to discuss possible joint research projects with the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and the UNDP.
Roy H SMITH, codirector of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and Chris MCMURRAY, Graduate Program in Demography, Australian National University, met with Robert C Kiste and Karen Peacock on 7 August to talk about population research they are pursuing in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
John H SULLIVAN, Vice President of Development Associates in Arlington, Virginia, visited the center on 24 September to discuss the work he is doing with the Federated States of Micronesia. He was formerly with the Agency for International Development.
Three keynote papers considered better governance in population matters (Margaret CHUNG, Fiji, UHM alumnus), dynamics of fertility change over the past two generations (Peter PIRIE, Hawai'i, former UH faculty); and implications of the postwar experience with urbanization (R Gerard WARD, ANU). In a final session on population and development, Gerald HABERKORN (New Caledonia) showed how inappropriate indices or calculations created demographic myths about island populations. Discussions, often by large audiences, were lively and at times contentious. Beyond the Pacific, metropolitan authors came from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan.
Nancy Davis LEWIS (geographer and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) joined with Leba Haolfaki MATAITINI (USP) and Titilia NAITINI (SPACHE) to organize a symposium on Women, Science and Development: From Indigenous Knowledge to New Information Technologies. Running alongside the symposium was a dynamic and highly visible Science and Technology Fair organized by ECOWOMAN, a network of Pacific women scientists and technologists. The symposium was a tremendous success, and the Pacific Science Association has offered to devote the winter issues of the Pacific Science Information Bulletin to the symposium sessions. Lewis and her coorganizers plan to continue their series of symposia at the Ninth Pacific Science Congress in Sydney in July 1999.
Faculty member in anthropology Ben FINNEY was one of three faculty to receive 1997 Regents' Medals for Excellence in Research. Finney was recognized for his research in three areas. His early work examined Pacific Islanders' response to the pressures and opportunities related to joining the world economic system. He also helped found the Polynesian Voyaging Society to reconstruct and test early canoes and navigation. This work resulted in revolutionized thinking about the exploration and colonization of Polynesia and contributed to a vigorous cultural renaissance among Hawaiians and other Polynesians. For his pioneering anthropo-logical approach to the implications of exploring, using, and eventually expanding into space, Finney has received medals from Russia's Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation, and the French University of the Pacific.
Faculty member in music Jane MOULIN was one of four Manoa faculty to receive 1997 Regents' Medals for Excellence in Teaching. Moulin, an ethno-musicologist, was recognized for her teaching in Polynesian music, ethnomusicology, music education, performance, and Polynesian dance. She also performs on the koto, the violin, and the viola da gamba, lectures on African music, and performs and conducts Renaissance music and French-Polynesian dance. Moulin's award cited her energy and empathy and her openness and accessibility to students.
Lynette FURUHASHI, Pacific specialist at UH Library, returned to work 1 October after a one-year sabbatical, during which she updated her Pacific Islands Dissertations and Theses from the University of Hawai'i, 1923-1996, published by CPIS as Occasional Paper 39 in fall 1996. Furuhashi worked on a collaborative project with UCSD librarian Kathy Creely, to publish a bibliography of bibliographies of Oceania, and made considerable progress in adding hundreds of citations to finalize the study.
Current student Kealalokahi LOSCH has been elected President of the East-West Center Participants' Association.
"Where We Once Belonged" by Sia FIGIEL, winner of the 1996 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Published Book, Southeast Asia and South Pacific region, tells the story of a young girl in Samoa coming to terms with violence, womanhood, and her own personal search for identity. Distributed for Pasifika Press. Paper, $20; ISBN 0-908597-27-4.
"Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific", edited by Jan RENSEL and Margaret RODMAN addresses changes in housing in the Pacific, how these changes came about, and their consequences. The volume's ten contributors look at housing in Vanuatu, Rotuma, New Britain, Chuuk, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Hawai'i. Cloth, $39; ISBN 0-8248-1682-X. Paper, $24.95; ISBN 0-8248-1959-4.
"Plumes from Paradise: Trade Cycles in Outer Southeast Asia and Their Impact on New Guinea and Nearby Islands until 1920" by Pamela SWADLING, with contributions by Roy WAGNER and Billai LABA, examines the history of trade cycles and the changing trading relationships they stimulated. Distributed for the Papua New Guinea National Museum. Cloth, $60; ISBN 9980-85-103-1.
UH Press books (and journals) can be ordered through the Orders (or Journals) Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. More information is available on the UH Press website at www2.hawaii.edu/uhpress/UHPHome.html.
"Semisi Nau, The Story of My Life" is the autobiography of a Tongan Methodist missionary who worked at Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands. It is edited with an introduction by Allan K DAVIDSON. Published by Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; or see website. ISBN 982-02-0114-4, paper, 152 pages.
"Ka Mo'olelo Hawai'i: Hawaiian Traditions" is a new translation, by Malcolm Naea CHUN, of the classic study on Hawaiian society and culture done by Davida MALO, the leading native scholar of his time. It includes the original Hawaiian text and an extensive introduction and biography of Davida Malo. ISBN 0-938603-01-9, US$29.95 from First People's Production, 1620 Hale Koa Drive, Honolulu, HI 96821-1996; tel (808)-732-6476.
"Ancient Hawaiian Fishponds: Can Restoration Succeed on Moloka'i?" by Joseph M FARBER is an account of the evolution, decline, and current revival of the Moloka'i fishponds. Published in association with the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center by Neptune House Publications, 535 Neptune Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. ISBN 0-9659782-0-6, US$16, 100 pages. In Hawai'i, call (808) 947-1827.
"Tropical Pacific Islands Environments," by Chris LOBBAN and Maria SCHEFTER, with illustrations by Rick Castro, is a well-organized and comprehensive book on the geography and environments of the Pacific. It includes traditional knowledge and cultural notes as well as western science and would be useful in environmental biology and geology classes and as a resource book for teachers, scientists, researchers, and government agencies concerned with the Pacific Islands. Published by the University of Guam. ISBN 1-881629-05-8, 400 pages; cloth, $70; paper, $50. Available in Hawai'i from Hawai'i Geographic Society, 49 South Hotel St, PO Box 1698, Honolulu, HI 96806-1698; tel (808) 538-3952. In Guam, contact Dr Schefter; tel (671) 735-2787; email email@example.com.
"To Labour with the State: The Fiji Public Service Association," by Jacqueline LECKIE, documents the beginnings and change over time of the Fiji Public Service Association, as well as specific labor disputes and links between the FPSA and other local and international workers' organizations. Paper, 224 pages, NZ$29.95, A$29.95, and US$29.95, including postage. Order from University of Otago Press, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) has published the proceedings of its 1996 conference in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. "Jaketo Jaketak Kobban Alele Eol: Identifying, Using and Sharing Local Resources" features papers by many local Marshallese and Pacific Islands experts. US$25. Available from Arlene COHEN, RFK Library, University of Guam, UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923, USA. Email: email@example.com.
The fall 1996 issue of Dialogue, the newsletter of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), East-West Center includes information and news about the activities of PIDP. This issue focuses on education and training and the student internship program, the Fifth Pacific Island Leaders Conference in Fiji, and the Joint Commercial Commission (JCC) Majuro meeting. Available from PIDP, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822-1601. PIDP's internet address is www.ewc.hawaii.edu/pidp/pidp0001.htm.
The organizers are interested in hearing from those wishing to present refereed papers relating to the conference theme. For information contact Dr Robert READ, Department of Economics, University of Lancaster, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK, tel 44-1524-594233, fax 44-1524-594244, email R.Read@lancs.ac.uk. Deadline for proposals andabstracts is 30 November 1997.
Applicants should have an MA or PhD in anthropology, proven ability to plan and carry out anthropological research, and proven intellectual and professional leadership abilities. Expertise in the ethnography of Papua New Guinea and museum experience are also desirable.
For further information and application materials, please write to the Director, Papua New Guinea National Museum, P.O. Box 5560, Boroko, Papua New Guinea. Phone: (675) 325-2458. Facsimile: (675) 325-1779. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies
School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
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Phone: (808) 956-7700
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Robert C Kiste, Director
Letitia Hickson, Editor
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