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Biculturalism and multiculturalism are often conceptualised as antagonistic, incompatible and competing frameworks in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Consequently, a formal policy of multiculturalism remains absent while the state operates an official policy of biculturalism, predicated on the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi between Indigenous Māori and the British Crown. In this seminar, Dam makes a case for the simultaneous pursuit and co-existence of biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He begins by tracing some debates that frame contesting bicultural and multicultural positions. He then offer a philosophical response to the ethical-political dilemmas posed by such debates, reflecting on the complexities of his own position as an Aotearoa-New Zealand-born Chinese-Thai within a bicultural national framework. He does not outline a prescription for simply harmonious bicultural and multicultural relations. Instead his response entails a leap of faith from the familiar to the discomforts of a more partial, contested and uncertain territory that lies beyond the horizon.
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Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa
eSocSci's Pasifika Network held a series of talanoa (seminars) from 2007-12 which were recently published in Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture.
The Pasifika Network talanoa are a joint project across New Zealand universities to help attract Pacific post-graduates into social science research by breaking down feelings of academic and geographic isolation Pacific students might experience and to assist in building a vibrant Pacific post-graduate research community. This selection of papers presents a rich sample of Pasifika postgraduate research subjects and methodologies employed. Read More