Through colonialism a lot of Pacific knowledge has been erased because it has not been taught. But Asia-Pacific Journalism meets a poet who has rediscovered her history through study and “living memory”.
Profile – By Sonja Schalin
they entered her and scoured her
for gold and silver
they named us and translated us
into their own way
of seeing the world
These are the opening lines of Leilani Tamu’s poem “Paradise Pasifika”. The poem shows a strong message of a hidden story about the Pacific Islands Tamu is expressing with her new collection of poems called The Art of Excavation.
“Growing up in New Zealand we didn’t learn much about the Pacific and its history,” she says.
“There weren’t a lot of resources that I could access in the libraries. That’s why I decided to study history at university.” Read more »