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A Remarkable Journey (review)

A Remarkable Journey (review) book and media reviews jumping-off point for scholars intrigued by Hawai`i's radical mix of politics and art. new context must be renegotiated in order for her to be visible. The writer is able to achieve this through mediation and negotiation between the two cultures through the assistance of her family. The journey metaphor commences in Brisbane, Australia, when a sixteenyear-old Australian girl meets and falls in love with a Papua New Guinean student in the mid-1960s, a time when cross-cultural and interracial relationships were socially proscribed and shunned. The relationship between the hitherto obscure Australian girl and the Papua New Guinean boy is indeed a journey itself: from sexual innocence to sexual maturity, from mono-racial relationships to interracial relationships, from a private (egocentric) vision to a broader social and cultural understanding, among others. This journey is played within the interface of this white / black falling in love. But the white Australia policy, which proscribed interracial relationships, reduces this journey metaphor to a sense of superficiality and ambivalence. Despite the oppositional voices, however, the journey is undertaken, consummated in marriage and relocation to Papua New Guinea. The metaphor of the journey as dialogue / bridge enables the author http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

A Remarkable Journey (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (1) – Feb 10, 2003

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Abstract

book and media reviews jumping-off point for scholars intrigued by Hawai`i's radical mix of politics and art. new context must be renegotiated in order for her to be visible. The writer is able to achieve this through mediation and negotiation between the two cultures through the assistance of her family. The journey metaphor commences in Brisbane, Australia, when a sixteenyear-old Australian girl meets and falls in love with a Papua New Guinean student in the mid-1960s, a time when cross-cultural and interracial relationships were socially proscribed and shunned. The relationship between the hitherto obscure Australian girl and the Papua New Guinean boy is indeed a journey itself: from sexual innocence to sexual maturity, from mono-racial relationships to interracial relationships, from a private (egocentric) vision to a broader social and cultural understanding, among others. This journey is played within the interface of this white / black falling in love. But the white Australia policy, which proscribed interracial relationships, reduces this journey metaphor to a sense of superficiality and ambivalence. Despite the oppositional voices, however, the journey is undertaken, consummated in marriage and relocation to Papua New Guinea. The metaphor of the journey as dialogue / bridge enables the author

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Published: Feb 10, 2003

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