This publication is one outcome of the exhibition Since 1984: He aha te ahurea-rua?, curated by Martin Awa Clarke Langdon and held at ST PAUL St in 2014. In this exhibition biculturalism, from the perspective of his generation – who he refers to as the ‘kōhanga reo generation’ – was the focus.
The 2017 Symposium will be held in Auckland from the 17th of August until the 19th of August. Please check back soon for more details....
There is an element of triumph in every gesture of defiance. “But still, like air, I’ll rise” wrote Maya Angelou in 1978. Writing of resilience under oppression, she is speaking for her race and gender in an address of historical and structural oppression of Black Americans. Angelou’s is a “confident voice of strength that recognizes its own power and will no longer be pushed into passivity."
Der Papālagi (The White Man) responds to German national Erich Scheurmann’s 1920 book Der Papālagi. Kihara staged a social experiment in which Christian and Barbara Durst – German migrants living in Sāmoa for over 24 years – “go native” appearing dressed in full indigenous Sāmoan regalia in locations in and around Apia.