Précis Writing #2


Epeli Hau’ofa’s “Our Sea of Islands” identifies the colonial residue of derogation and belittling from Europeans. He conveys this imprint by recognizing his internalized oppression and wrongful acceptance of coming from small islands. It came from a narrow scope that examined the economies and limits of the Pacific Islands, following 19th century imperialism, which ignore the core values of Oceanic cultures.  Hau’ofa points out that smallness is relative, and this label is entirely based on the fixation of how much land is in the islands. This basis is unfair and unreasonable in Oceania. In order to reclaim power and properly brand the Pacific, Hau’ofa proposes that we are not islands in the sea, but a sea of islands.

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