Assessment 2 – Week 7: Blog task

 

  1. Identify one key point and/or theme from the Week 7 lecture. Find an academic source (not the lecture itself, but the source may be one that is cited in the lecture) for that key point/theme. Paraphrase the academic source text relating to the key point/theme. Remember to accurately reference the source using the MLA style (50 words).

 

A key point discussed in the Week 7 lecture was the representations of Pacific islanders being victimised by discrimination as they migrate to New Zealand in the 1970s. A well- known New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery created the ‘Pisupo lua afe’ or Corned beef  in 2000. He has a Pacific heritage as his father is Rarotongan and Tahitian while his mother is Samoan. The artwork displays a cow covered with tin cans implying the influences of the Western cuisine imports worldwide including the Pacific Islands. On the other hand creates a discrimination view of the cow as only being viewed as food and ‘corned beef’. It creates a limitation for their potential when being shaped by the ideal views of society.  As an artist with Pacific heritage inspired him to visually represent the historical changes of cuisine and cultural views between the Pacific and Europeans and also the social issues of discrimination impacting not only on people but animals as well.

 

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Pisupo lua afe (Corned beef 2000) Tuffery, Michel (sculptor), 1994, Wellington. Te Papa.

2. Using examples in “All Power to the People” by Melani Anae (2012), or “The Many Faces of Paradise” by Caroline Vercoe (2004), describe one of the art/design/creative responses to the socio-political situation that confronted Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa in the late 20th century (50 – 75 words).

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Siliga David Setoga. T-shirts designed by artist Siliga David Setoga. 2004. Fashion Design. POPOHARDWEAR. Melani Anae. All Power to the People – Overstayers, Dawn Raids, and the Polynesian Panthers. Tangata o le Moana. In Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., and Salesa, D. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa, 2012. 237.

 

Siliga David Setoga’s contemporary graphic t-shirts designs is featured on Melani Anae’s article ‘All Power to the People’ which responds to the socio-political situation that confronted the Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa. The t-shirts became a popular urban culture with Pacific culture and were described as “historically accurate yet are humorous definition of freshy”(Anae,237). The slang words include ‘fob’ meaning fresh off the boat and ‘bunga’ describing a person of skin colour. Setoga took a humorous or witty approach by using slang language relating to Pacific Islanders and interpretating them as ‘statements of joy’ (Anae,237). These slangs confronts Pacific Islanders as they migrate into New Zealand which communicates their own power as a race and their genuine approach as Pacific Islanders.

 

Anae, Melani. ‘’All Power to the People – Overstayers, Dawn Raids, and the Polynesian Panthers’’. Tangata o le Moana. In Mallon, S., Mahina-Tuai, K., and Salesa, D. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa, 2012. 220-239. Press 

3.Write a synopsis of the documentary, ‘’Dawn Raids’’ (Fepulea’i, D. 2005) (50-75 words).

 

The Dawn Raids documentary explains the historical event in the mid 1970’s of the dawn raids movement. During this period it was the arrival of many Pacific Islanders migrating to New Zealand for job opportunities, good education for children as well as New Zealand requiring more employees. However, this increased torrent of migration results to less job opportunities available for Pakeha. Due to this the dawn raids began in NZ to remove any overstayers and reduce the Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand. However, the dawn raids became noticed as an act of racism attack on Pacific Islanders as the NZ Police only targeted the homes of people with coloured skin. As a Pacific Islander said “our people saw them as the thugs, the thugerry, the gang part of the machinery of racism”. As the target was coloured skin people, it resulted a chaos of invasion in NZ as the police invade homes of Maori as well with lawful residence in New Zealand.

 

Fepulea’i, D. ‘’Dawn Raids’’. NZ On Screen. 2005. Web.

 

 

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