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From the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional Commissioner

From the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional Commissioner F rom the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional C o m m i s s i o n e r Vilsoni Here n i k o The following interview was tape-recorded at the Australian National University on 21 September 2000. v h : How long have you been here at the a n u (Australian National Uni- versity) and why are you here instead of Fiji? b l : I’ve been here since 199 0. Before that, I was at the University of H a w a i ‘ i (u h). I left Fiji in 1983. The reason why I am at a n u and not at the University of Hawai‘i has nothing to do with professional satisfaction, because u h was intellectually stimulating, with wonderful colleagues, especially at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. But I came here in 199 0 to write a book and my family decided that this is where they wanted to be. All of a sudden I discovered the joys of discovering the familiar con- tours of Anglo-Australasian culture with which I had grown up—the kind of texts we had read, the kind of people we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

From the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional Commissioner

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 14 (1) – Jan 1, 2002

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Abstract

F rom the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional C o m m i s s i o n e r Vilsoni Here n i k o The following interview was tape-recorded at the Australian National University on 21 September 2000. v h : How long have you been here at the a n u (Australian National Uni- versity) and why are you here instead of Fiji? b l : I’ve been here since 199 0. Before that, I was at the University of H a w a i ‘ i (u h). I left Fiji in 1983. The reason why I am at a n u and not at the University of Hawai‘i has nothing to do with professional satisfaction, because u h was intellectually stimulating, with wonderful colleagues, especially at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. But I came here in 199 0 to write a book and my family decided that this is where they wanted to be. All of a sudden I discovered the joys of discovering the familiar con- tours of Anglo-Australasian culture with which I had grown up—the kind of texts we had read, the kind of people we

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Published: Jan 1, 2002

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