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 31(2)


“More than a Music, It’s a Movement”: West Papua Decolonization Songs, Social Media, and the Remixing of Resistance, Camellia Webb-Gannon and Michael Webb

Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom, Holly M Barker 

Elemental Eating: Samoan Public Health and Valuation in Health Promotion, Jessica Hardin and Christina Ting Kwauk

Employment of the Weak: The Role of a Multinational Factory in the Life Trajectory of Early School Leavers in Sāmoa, Masami Tsujita Levi

Rearticulating Diplomatic Relationships: Contextualizing Tuvalu-Taiwan Relations, Jess Marinaccio



Robert (Bob) C Kiste: Mentor and Friend of the Pacific, Brij V Lal



The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2018, Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, Volker Boege, Mathias Chauchat, Budi Hernawan, James Stiefvater, Joseph Daniel Foukona, Michael Leach



I Hinanao-ta Nu I Manaotao Tåno’ I CHamoru Siha (The Journey of the CHamoru People) [exhibition], Reviewed by Teresita L Perez

Decolonisation and the Pacific: Indigenous Globalisation and the Ends of Empire by Tracey Banivanua Mar, Reviewed by Trish Tupou

Hope at Sea: Possible Ecologies in Oceanic Literature by Teresa Shewry, Reviewed by Erin Cheslow

The Cultural Animation Film Festival, Reviewed by Elizabeth Bennett

Ainikien Jidjid ilo Boñ, and: Batmon vs Majuro, and: Jilel: The Calling of the Shell, and: Lañinbwil’s Gift, and: Ña Noniep, and: Yokwe Bartowe [films], Reviewed by Tom Brislin

 Crossing Spaces [documentary], Review by Myjolynne Marie Kim

Tikopia Collected: Raymond Firth and the Creation of Solomon Island Cultural Heritage by Elizabeth Bonshek, Reviewed by David Lipset

Textilia Linnaeana: Global 18th Century Textile Traditions & Trade by Viveka Hansen, Review by
Alexander Mawyer

Ship of Fate: Memoir of a Vietnamese Repatriate by Trần Ðình Trụ, Reviewed by Mary Therese Perez Hattori

Uncovering Indigenous Models of Leadership: An Ethnographic Case Study of Samoa’s Talavou Clan by Leiataua Robert Jon Peterson, Reviewed by Luafata Simanu-Klutz