- Annual General Meeting of The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), 10 May 2013
- Dr. Hsiao-chun Hung returns to the Mariana Islands
- Vote buying prevalent in Indonesia and the Pacific
- The end of the Pacific? Sea-level change and Pacific Island livelihoods
- Politics, development and security in Oceania
- Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today (Cahiers du Credo) (Volume 2)
- In conversation with Sir Mekere Morauta
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- Another Port Moresby community bulldozed
- Reflections on the PNG Budget Forum: Can devolved funding be effectively utilised
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- Lifting skills in the Pacific: using infrastructure procurement for skills transfer
- Fiji constitutional referendum? Unlikely
- CDI Policy Paper: Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands
- SSGM’s ‘State of the Pacific’ Conference (25-26 June 2013)
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The Pacific Institute has produced a Japanese language video in which Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Dr Keiko Tamura reminisce about The Late Hank Nelson, former Professor of Pacific History at the ANU. The video may be viewed on the ANU’s Youtube channel – http://youtu.be/YvYh9QvpCzo.
This video aims to raise awareness of Hank’s pioneering research and of the Hank Nelson Memorial Endowment. The Pacific Institute would like to express its gratitude to Dr Tamura and Professor Morris-Suzuki for their enthusiastic involvement with this video and Jamie Kidston for media support.
Conference: The South Pacific Agenda for Survival and Growth: A Framework for Coordinated Participation of Asian Donors?
11-13 December 2012, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
“The New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland has partnered with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to host guest speakers and academics from the Pacific, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and United States (Hawaii)… A selection of academics will present papers on issues ranging from Chinese foreign aid in the South Pacific to the strategic priorities of the US in the Asia Pacific Region. Guest speakers will offer regional perspectives on foreign assistance from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Tuvalu…” [read more].
This is the first academic volume in Japanese to examine the Pacific War from both Japanese and Australian perspectives. In Japan, the Pacific War has been long seen as a war against the United States. Some Japanese do not know that Japan and Australia fought against each other in the Pacific War. This book was written to educate a broad readership about this part of Japanese history. At the same time, authors have investigated how the war is remembered in Australia and Japan through museum exhibitions and memorial ceremonies. Diverse experiences of those who were caught up in the war are given close attention and the chapters include experiences and perceptions of war by the peoples in New Guinea, Japanese internees in Australia and Japanese military nurses in Rabaul. Studies of literature and propaganda films are also included. An English language table of contents is included in the publication and the book may be purchased online from Ochanomizu Shobo.
by Dr Wakako Higuchi
Forewords by Donald Denoon and Goto Shinhachirō
For the whole of World War II, the U.S. Navy station Guam was only US Territory where Japan “administered” the occupied local people; it was controlled by the Japanese Navy for two and a half years. “Organic integration” was the purpose and goal of the Japanese Navy administration of the local Chamorro people, but the navy’s attempts failed before U.S. reinvasion in July 1944. By emphasizing the extent of Japan’s Mandate in Micronesia, this book examines the Japanese Navy’s social, economic, and cultural approaches to “organic integration.” Using abundant primary data, the author gives a clear and verifiable picture of the whole occupation period and the Japanese ruling ideology for not only Guam but the entire region–and finds new ways to consider just why Japan went to the war. Personal testimonies and documents enable the historian to follow the developing Japanese mentality of war as it unfolded.
You may read reviews (and forward order this book) on the publisher’s website.
[Wakako Higuchi completed her PhD in Pacific and Asian History at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (now CAP) at The Australian National University, Canberra. She is currently a Research Associate at ANU and the University of Guam.]
Transoceania 2012: Currents of Memory, Identity, and Representation Between the Islands of Japan and Oceania
The Inaugural Symposium of the Transoceania Project (Project35) will be held from 14-15 July 2012 at the University of Tokyo. The Transoceania Project is a collaborative Pacific Islands Studies initiative based in Japan and supported by the Toyota Foundation. This symposium will take the form of a public keynote lecture, followed by a registration-only forum for up to fifty participants, with the goal of initiating new conversations around themes of memory, identity, and representation between the islands of Japan and Oceania.
This will be the first cultural studies/Pacific Islands Studies gathering of its kind in Tokyo. One of the biggest barriers to including Japanese academia, art, and activism in Pacific conversations is language. Unfortunately many scholars in Japan do not publish in English, nor do many scholars of the Pacific speak or read/write Japanese. However, many conferences are held in Tokyo in English, with some segments in Japanese or with interpretation. As we would like to involve colleagues from all around the region, we have chosen to hold our first symposium mainly in English.
Dr. Greg Dvorak, Associate Professor of Pacific and Asian Cultural Studies, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law, Tokyo, Japan.