Cultural autonomy: Balancing soul and survival

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Vilsoni Hereniko is a hugely important figure in the Austronesian world charged with the mission of establishing the University of South Pacific's Oceania Centre for Art and Culture and Pacific Studies. He is also one of those inheriting the mission of Epeli Hau`ofa to 'rediscover' Oceania, their sea of islands, removed from its colonial legacy and based on respect for other cultures. Vilsoni was a keynote speaker at the Mapping and Unmapping the Pacific conference at the National Central Library, Taiwan in February 2011. Following the conference we interviewed him in Taitung. In the interview he discussed the indigenous dilemma and the importance of cultural autonomy as opposed to cultural authenticity.

Alternative (for readers in China)

Photo: C.P.

For the situation regarding indigenous autonomy in Taiwan, please see Sun Ta-chuan's speech



Last modified on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:34
Vilsoni Hereniko

Vilsoni Hereniko於1977年畢業於南太平洋大學,獲獎學金至英國紐卡索大學研習戲劇教育並於1982年取得碩士學位,返回斐濟任職教育部兩年後至南太平洋大學教授文學、戲劇教育與劇場藝術,1991年獲南太平洋大學文學與語言博士,其後曾任職於夏威夷太平洋島嶼研究中心。著有《Woven Gods: Female Clowns and Power in Rotuma》(1995)、《South Pacific Islanders》(1985)及《Art in the NewPacific》(1977)等著作。
除了學術研究,Hereniko亦為電影導演、劇作家、小說家。其電影作品《The Land Has Eyes》入選2004年日舞影展並為斐濟提名2006年奧斯卡獎之影片。該片於2004年多倫多ImagineNative Film & Media Arts Festival獲最佳戲劇作品獎,並於2005年Wairoa Maori Film Festival得到Best Overall Entry獎。其他電影作品亦曾為新加坡國際電影節、鹿特丹國際電影節、夏威夷國際電影節等多項電影節參展電影。1997年獲夏威夷藝文協會所頒Elliott Cades Award文學獎。

Director/Professor, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies University of South Pacific, Fiji.
He is the writer and director of Fiji's first ever feature film, "The Land Has Eyes" (Pear ta ma 'on maf).

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