Yuki Kihara: New guises

In his landmark essay “Towards a new Oceania,” Sāmoan writer Maualaivao Albert Wendt implores an assumed, well‑meaning Moana reader to refuse the impulse to romanticise Oceanic cultures. To do so, he argues, would simply replicate false notions of stasis. Instead, Wendt argues that “[a]ny real understanding of ourselves and our existing cultures calls for an attempt to understand colonialism and what it did and is still doing to us.” 

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