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AuthorJasmine Koria

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May 29, 2017

Representation Two weeks ago, in writing about Dr Teresia Teaiwa, I talked briefly about the issue of Pasifika representation. It got me thinking: How well are we represented in mainstream society? Is our presence known? If not, whose responsibility is it to change the situation? I went over these questions for a few days, and […]

May 29, 2017

“The first thing we demand of a wall is that it shall stand up. If it stands up, it is a good wall, and the question of what purpose it serves is separable from that. And yet even the best wall in the world deserves to be pulled down if it surrounds a concentration camp.” […]

May 22, 2017

They turned the sky over And its tears became a tangle of inflected waves Riding the houses and palm trees, Playing rugby on the pavements and shouting “TRY!” as they crashed onto newly-sealed roads, Carrying fridges and television sets and pieces of little children into fishing nets that were pretending to be volley nets for […]

May 15, 2017

FA’AFETAI — Thank You The first memory I have of a lecturer is of Teresia Teaiwa. On my first day at uni (during O-Week), she delivered a mock-lecture for us first year students. Being a Pacific Islander, and a recent immigrant to New Zealand, I was feeling quite small. The buildings seemed to be swallowing […]

May 8, 2017

Your jokes are dry. I keep watching Saturday Night Live‘s skit about people finally realising Beyoncé is black. It’s funny, well-written, and it parodies so many NOT FUNNY jokes that get made about people of colour. One time I was at a meeting where I was seated at a table with mostly Pasifika students. As […]

May 1, 2017

Homesickness After nearly three years of living away from home, I’ve come to think that homesickness isn’t always about missing the place you lived before you moved away. A lot of times, being homesick is about the little things — the small conveniences you once enjoyed. I remember how exciting it was to move to […]

May 1, 2017

“Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon.” — Redgum, “I was only 19” (1983)   The Polynesian soldiers whose faces fill several large frames at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum look as if they are going to start a conversation with you, if you stare at them long enough. It’s like these […]

April 10, 2017

On Black Being a Colour “I do wanna talk about that stuff…” — Oscar Kightley I believe that art has the most extraordinary power to liberate. This is why, for a long time, I’ve been sceptical of the type of West Papua stories that paint the natives as lost causes, and their independence movement as […]

April 3, 2017

Person: “Oh, so you’re from the islands?” Me: “Yep!” Person: “Wow, you speak really well! No, honestly! Your English is really good!” I’ve had this conversation ten trillion times — I’ve counted. I’d like to make it known that I’ve had more conversations like this with islanders than with palagi people I’ve met. The fact […]