The right to a family environment in Pacific Island cultures CLIFFORD R. O'DONNELL Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii The preamble of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the family as the "fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particu- larly children." Familial forms and practices vary with culture and, therefore, programs to implement the Rights of the Child will need to address cultural issues. The purpose of this article is to examine these cultural issues, with an emphasis on the family, in Pacific Island cultures. The Pacific Islands - places of dreams of idyllic living, warm climate, gentle breezes, friendly people, and a relaxed tempo. Many of us have shared the fantasy and desired the experience. Many others, especially youth born and raised in the Pacific Islands, share a different dream, a dream of leaving the Islands for modern conveniences, fast food, education, employment, and life in the fast lane. To understand how dreams can be nightmares, we need to consider the health problems, boredom, lack of opportunities, feelings of insignificance, and loss of belonging. Many cultures have changed sufficiently to
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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