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On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation (review)

On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation (review) 226 the contemporary pacific • 24:1 (2012) for the hazards they will inherit and (xiv). The anxieties arise for modern the decisions they must make. Tongans from the challenges of being This is an uncomfortable read, not seen as “modern” while not being seen only because it reveals the depths of as turning one’s back on “tradition”: the United States and Japanese cover- of constructing and enacting com- up and collusion, but also because it promises that necessarily differ from humanizes the menacing ways that one social context to another. For me, nuclear weapons destroy the fabric of these tensions, anxieties, and ambi- life—social, economic, and cultural, guities arise in sharpest relief in the as well as biological. The Marshal- chapter on pawnshops, where Tongans lese people, who also experienced pawn koloa (highly valued traditional pervasive trauma because of the goods) for cash in order to participate Bravo event, will find solidarity in a in and consume modernity, before story that parallels their own in many recovering the koloa to demonstrate ways. For the US public and all Pacific that they continue to value and respect peoples, this book demonstrates why tradition. we all must demand greater account- Those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific Island Nation (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 24 (1) – Feb 12, 2012

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Abstract

226 the contemporary pacific • 24:1 (2012) for the hazards they will inherit and (xiv). The anxieties arise for modern the decisions they must make. Tongans from the challenges of being This is an uncomfortable read, not seen as “modern” while not being seen only because it reveals the depths of as turning one’s back on “tradition”: the United States and Japanese cover- of constructing and enacting com- up and collusion, but also because it promises that necessarily differ from humanizes the menacing ways that one social context to another. For me, nuclear weapons destroy the fabric of these tensions, anxieties, and ambi- life—social, economic, and cultural, guities arise in sharpest relief in the as well as biological. The Marshal- chapter on pawnshops, where Tongans lese people, who also experienced pawn koloa (highly valued traditional pervasive trauma because of the goods) for cash in order to participate Bravo event, will find solidarity in a in and consume modernity, before story that parallels their own in many recovering the koloa to demonstrate ways. For the US public and all Pacific that they continue to value and respect peoples, this book demonstrates why tradition. we all must demand greater account- Those

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 12, 2012

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