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The author of the book: Albert Wendt
Edition: Auckland University Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9781869402730
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.56 MB
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If you are looking for powerful political poetry this is a great read. Often times people forget that the impacts of colonialism only affected the African continent and the "new world". This book gives voice to the struggles of Pacific islanders dealing with issues from self-determination to blood quantum.
Blood Quantum by Naomi Losch
We thought we were Hawaiian
Our ancestors were Liloa, Kuali’i and Alapa’i.
We fought at Mokuohai, Kepaniwai and Nu’uanu,
And we supported Lili’ulani in her time of need.
We opposed statehood.
We didn’t want to be the 49th or the 50th,
And once we were, 5(f) would take care of us.
But what is a native Hawaiian?
Aren’t we of this place?
‘O ko mākou one hānau kēia.’
And yet, by definition we are not Hawaiian.
We can’t live on Homestead land,
Nor can we receive OHA money.
We didn’t choose to quantify ourselves,
¼ to the left ½ to the right
3/8 to the left 5/8 to the right
7/16 to the left 9/16 to the right
15/32 to the left 17/32 to the right
They not only colonized us, they divided us.
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Read information about the authorAlbert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa.
Wendt's epic Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979) won the 1980 New Zealand Book Awards. He was appointed to the first chair in Pacific literature at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. In 1988 he took up a professorship of Pacific studies at the University of Auckland. In 1999 Wendt was visiting Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. In 2001 he was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to literature. In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand.
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