This volume provide a unique resource for scholars, policy makers and practitioners in the Pacific region with a particular interest in the value and contributions of higher education in the developing island world of Oceania.
Nadi: Memories of a River is a unique composition of art of memory in prose and poetry. Satendra Nandan creates a vivid world of lyrical beauty and personal remembrances that shine like ripples in a river on a moonlit night. It's really about growing up in a village in Fiji after the Second World war: a childhood and youth remembered on the island of Viti Levu in the village of Votualevu next to Nadi international airport. On the banks of the Nadi two worlds meet in the river's flow - 'nadi' in Hindi means a river - Satendra weaves an extraordinary tapestry of Fijian life with deeply personal and warmly affectionate recollections of a vanished world of his girmit grandparents, family and nieghbours across the river in a koro. Faces in a Village was Satendra's first collection of poems printed in Fiji in 1976.
This book is a compilation of the presentations by leaders, academics, country coordinators, an panelists attending an international and regional conference on Local Government and Climate Change in July 2012 at The University of the South Pacific. As the Pacific Island countries are influenced by globalization, and with ongoing developments in Information and Communication Technologies, it becomes particularly important that decisions regarding decentralization and local government be made against the backdrop of global trends to decentralize decision making and improve local government capacity for better outcomes. The discussion presented in this book address these issues directly and point towards solutions and strategies the reality of climate change in the Pacific.
In this comprehensive survey of the art of the Pacific Islands, including the Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Guinean traditions, author Anne D’Alleva explains the significance of these artworks by contextualizing them within each island’s unique culture and practices. In the process, D’Alleva examines the biases of both artists and Western viewers, telling an important history of both people and ideas through a detailed analysis of sculpture, paintings, textiles, dance, jewelry, and architecture.
Inspired by the stories of Pacific Islanders, Capacity across Cultures draws on the author's wealth of experience in aid and development. The book offers new conceptual tools and a framework that is strengths-based, practical, theoretically sound and illustrated with case studies. It is designed to support the kinds of culturally aware, capacity-focused work envisaged by the Practitioners' Handbook for Capacity Development: A Cross Cultural Approach (Rhodes and Antoine 2013).
Unveiling shreds of ancestors and discovering the roots are a frequent dream of every descendant whose inheritance is linked to the gravy train of slavery, convictism, indentured labour, boat people and asylum-seekers. This book is a graphic account of rural Indian laborers who left their rustic homeland in search of their El Dorado in distant colonial outposts. Linked with reflections on his Aryan roots and his animated days in Bombay (now Mumbai), the author describes his typical journey in 1961 to his ancestral village near Nepal-India border. As Fiji transitions itself from a military dictatorship to a more democratic route, the author predicts the shape of the political construction that is likely to emerge.
Chal Akela is a story that documents experiences of a Fijian youth growing up on the largest island of Fiji (Viti Levu. The story describes the way of living in Fiji prior to the general elections of 1987 and the unforgettable military coup drama that unfolded. Chal Akela is a book that talks about controversial issues and tries to start the healing process to bring closure to wounded hearts and souls.
This selection of papers presents a rich sample of Pasifika postgraduate research subjects and methodologies employed. The audience for this book is all those interested in developing deeper knowledge of the Pacific Islands and their Pasifika peoples, and specifically for Pasifika post-graduates in the social sciences to learn and gain confidence through a sharing technology (Access Grid) that has been designed to strengthen their research skills and their commonalities and reduce the isolation of being a group that is small in number and spread over various institutions.
The 75 page field guide provides photographs and information such as local names, uses, and distribution, of the twelve mangrove and six seagrass species. Identification of species is made easier by an easy-to-follow dichotomous key which assists users in correctly identifying species. The field guide is simple and designed for a wide range of audience – from conservationists to students, teachers and others including those with limited knowledge in science.
An Illustrated Guide to Dragonflies of Viti Levu, Fiji provides a detailed analysis of these fascinating insects, as well as a wonderful introduction to the techniques of identifying them in their natural state.