The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs


With editorial offices at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, The Contemporary Pacific covers a wide range of disciplines with the aim of providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region and the global Pacific diaspora. It features refereed, readable articles that examine social, economic, political, ecological, literary, and cultural topics, along with political reviews, book and media reviews, resource reviews, and a dialogue section with interviews and short essays. Each issue highlights the work of one or more Pacific Islander artists.

Current Issue Contents 29(2)


Climate Change and the Imagining of Migration: Emerging Discourses on Kiribati’s Land Purchase in Fiji, Elfriede Hermann and Wolfgang Kempf

Charting Pacific (Studies) Waters: Evidence of Teaching and Learning, Teresia K Teaiwa


Losing Oceania to the Pacific and the World, David Hanlon


The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2016, Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2016, Alumita Durutalo, Budi Hernawan, Gordon Leua Nanau, Howard van Trease


Articulating Rapa Nui: Polynesian Cultural Politics in a Latin American Nation-State, by Riet Delsing, Reviewed by Forrest Wade Young

Staking Claim: Settler Colonialism and Racialization in Hawai‘i, by Judy Rohrer, Reviewed by Hiʻilei Julia Hobart

Domination and Resistance: The United States and the Marshall Islands during the Cold War, by Martha Smith-Norris, Reviewed by Holly M Barker

Maisa: The Chamoru Girl Who Saves Guåhan [feature film], Reviewed by Kenneth Gofigan Kuper

Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature, by Brandy Nālani McDougall, Reviewed by ʻUmi Perkins

Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of John Papa ‘Ī‘ī, by Marie Alohalani Brown. Reviewed by Ronald Williams Jr

Auē Rona, by Reihana Robinson; Between the Kindling and the Blaze: Reflections on the Concept of Mana, by Ben Brown; Entangled Islands, by Serie Barford; and Night Swimming, by Kiri Piahana-Wong, Reviewed by Leora Kava

Kanu Kaho‘olawe: Replanting, Rebirth [exhibition], Reviewed by Natalie Bruecher

The Price of Peace [documentary film], Reviewed by Raukura Roa


In the Next Issue 30(1)


“What Now, Fishgate?” Scandal, Marae Moana, and Nation Making in the Cook Islands, Trevor J Durbin

“Living Other-wise”: The Bushmen Farming Network as an Example of “Alter-Native” Counter Practices to Agriculture and Development, Michael Spann

Repackaging Tradition in Tahiti? Mono‘i and Labels of Origin in French Polynesia, Kate Stevens


Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017