And he was a true master of words. In most parts the author uses quite official, I would even say academic language. Nuclear powered ships and vessels carrying radioactive materials still ply the ocean; international business concerns are still looking for islands for the disposal of toxic industrial wastes; activities that contribute to the depletion of the ozone still continue; driftnetting has abated but not stopped, and the reefs of the Mururoa atoll may still crack and release radioactive materials.
Acting in unison for larger purposes and for the benefit of the wider community could help us to become more open-minded, idealistic, altruistic and generous, less self-absorbed and corrupt, in the conduct of our public affairs than we are today. It is this journey of re discovery of self that transformed him into the elder statesman of a realm Epeli hau ofa s we are the ocean knows no government and has no geographical boundaries.
We cannot confront the issues of the Pacific Century individually as tiny countries, nor as the Pacific Islands Region of bogus independence.
Its size, its on-campus staff and student residential arrangements and its spread make the USP the premier hatchery for the regional identity. Jan 13, Claire rated it it was amazing The beginning half is mainly comprised of essays, and the latter half comprised of fiction and poetry.
These distinctive places figure in his writings as petals floating on the ocean; scattered, fragrant, and steeped in meaning. Of course, the compilation has also its funny side. But you must like this particular kind of literature.
As a person who didn't know much of the Pacific, I came out with a much more informed stance. The writings included in this collection span a thirty-year period, from to In an age when our societies are preoccupied with the pursuit of material wealth, when the rampant market economy brings out unquenchable greed and amorality in us, it is necessary for our institutions of learning to develop corrective mechanisms if we are to retain our sense of humanity and of community.
People who are concerned with these threats are trying hard to enlist region-wide support, but the level of their success is low as far as the general public is concerned. A regional identity The ideas for a regional identity that I express here have emerged from nearly twenty years of direct involvement with the University of the South Pacific USPan institution that caters for much of the tertiary education of the South Pacific islands region, and increasingly of countries north of the equator.
Not surprisingly students identify themselves more with their nationality, race and personal friendships across the cultural divide, than with a common Pacific Islander identity.
It is of utmost significance for the strengthening of a regional identity to know that our region has achieved its greatest unity on threats to our common environment: Under the aegis of Pele, before my very eyes, the Big Island was growing, rising from the depths of a mighty sea" This makes the whole compilation very college-like.
We have to search for appropriate names for common identities that are more accommodating, inclusive and flexible than what we have today.
In the earliest stage of our interactions with the outside world, we were the South Sea paradise of noble savages living in harmony with a bountiful nature; we were simultaneously the lost and degraded souls to be pacified, Christianised, colonised and civilised.
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. We Are the Ocean recounts a journey Epeli was intent on sharing with fellow citizens of the Great Ocean and with "those who have gone to the lands of diaspora," a journey that has resulted in the building of "a new home for us all," and an experience that will Our diverse loyalties are much too strong to be erased by a regional identity and our diversity is necessary for the struggle against the homogenising forces of the global juggernaut.
It is there, far into the past ahead, leading onto other memories, other realities, other homelands" This makes the whole compilation very college-like. Who we are we know and need not say for the soul we share came from Vaihi Across the bowl we nod our understanding of the line that is also the cord brought by Tangaloa from above, and the professor does not know.
It is even more necessary for those of us who must focus on strengthening their ancestral cultures against seemingly overwhelming forces, to regain their lost sovereignty. View freely available titles: Within this context, the reader feels empowered to engage with the topics, which become accessible and talk story style.
For this to succeed, regionalism has to be strengthened. A new sense of the region that is our own creation, based on our perceptions of our realities, is necessary for our survival in the dawning era.
University of Hawai'i Press, Such is the task that Epeli Hau'ofa assumed in the course of his career, by virtue of fate and choice: Witness the present region-wide silence while the plutonium laden Pacific Teal is about to sail or is already sailing through our territorial waters.
Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. To develop the ocean resources sustainably, regional unity is also required. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. Who we are we know and need not say for the soul we share came from Vaihi Across the bowl we nod our understanding of the line that is also the cord brought by Tangaloa from above, and the professor does not know.
By Amazon Customer on Jun 04, We are the Ocean, is a mixture of scholarly work and fiction both dealing with the Pacific. Frazer on Mar 19, This collection contains all the main articles and interviews published by this author during his lifetime in one volume, and will be of interest to everyone who knows his work and who shares his optimism and passion for the Pacific - which he prefered to call, in the spirit of pan-Pacific co-operation and inclusiveness, Oceania.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Then we became the South Pacific region of much importance for the security of Western interests in Asia.Book Description: 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.
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. 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 Reviews: 6. OUR SEA Of ISlANDS • Ep£lI HAU'OfA OUR SEA OF ISLANDS1 EPELI HAU'OFA THIS ESSAY RAISES SOME ISSUES OF GREAT IMPORTANCE to our across the ocean from east to west and north to south, under the But if we look at the myths, legends and oral traditions.
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