What do you get when the divide between ‘Pacific’ and ‘Asia’ isn’t a divide at all? The answer: New Guinea. Research findings indicate that New Guinea, always considered part of the Pacific, has in fact had long-lasting connections with mainland Asia that have left a deep impact on the cultures found along the corridor between them. So despite the obvious changes in language, religion and more recently national affiliation, we can still find similarities in aspects of the languages, backed up by the archaeological and genetic record. This indicates a long period of continuous contact, and a fascinating shift in our geographical perception.