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We Are the Ocean: Selected Works

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We Are the Ocean is a collection of essays, fiction, and poetry by Epeli Hau'ofa, whose writing over the past three decades has consistently challenged prevailing notions about Oceania and prescriptions for its development. He highlights major problems confronted by the region and suggests alternative perspectives and ways in which its people might reorganize to relate effectively to the changing world.

Hau'ofa's essays criss-cross Oceania, creating a navigator's star chart of ...

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Overview

We Are the Ocean is a collection of essays, fiction, and poetry by Epeli Hau'ofa, whose writing over the past three decades has consistently challenged prevailing notions about Oceania and prescriptions for its development. He highlights major problems confronted by the region and suggests alternative perspectives and ways in which its people might reorganize to relate effectively to the changing world.

Hau'ofa's essays criss-cross Oceania, creating a navigator's star chart of discussion and debate. Spurning the arcana of the intellectual establishments where he was schooled, Hau'ofa has crafted a distinctive-often lyrical, at times angry-voice that speaks directly to the people of the region and the general reader. He conveys his thoughts from diverse standpoints: university-based analyst, essayist, satirist and humorist, and practical catalyst for creativity. According to Hau'ofa, only through creative originality in all fields of endeavor can the people of Oceania hope to strengthen their capacity to engage the forces of globalization.

"Our Sea of Islands," "The Ocean in Us," "Pasts to Remember," and "Our Place Within," all of which are included in this collection, outline some of Hau'ofa's ideas for the emergence of a stronger and freer Oceania. Throughout he expresses his concern with the environment and suggests that the most important role that the "people of the sea" can assume is as custodians of the Pacific, the vast area of the world's largest body of water.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824831738
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 363
  • Sales rank: 886,510
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Geoffrey White     ix
Preface     xxi
Rethinking
Anthropology and Pacific Islanders     3
The New South Pacific Society: Integration and Independence     11
Reflecting
Our Sea of Islands     27
The Ocean in Us     41
Pasts to Remember     60
Our Place Within: Foundations for a Creative Oceania     80
Creating
The Writer as an Outsider     97
The Glorious Pacific Way     110
The Tuktuks (Excerpt from Kisses in the Nederends)     120
Oilei and Babu (Excerpt from Kisses in the Nederends)     125
Epeli Hau'ofa Interviewed by Subramani     136
Revisiting
Thy Kingdom Come: The Democratisation of Aristocratic Tonga     157
His Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV: An Appreciation     172
Blood in the Kava Bowl     180
Index     183
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