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Creating Their Own Culture: Diasporic Tongans

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Title:Creating Their Own Culture: Diasporic Tongans
Authors:Morton, Helen
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:1998
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Morton, H. 1998. Creating Their Own Culture: Diasporic Tongans. The Contemporary Pacific 10 (1): 1-30.
Abstract:The impact of migration on the construction of cultural identities is examined by
focusing on Tongan migrants in Melbourne. Within contexts such as the church
and the family these immigrants are shown to be self-consciously defining, reconstructing,
and contesting the nature of anga fakatonga (the Tongan way). Significant
variation is revealed within and between families in definitions of and
adherence to anga fakatonga, and the effect of this on child socialization is
explored. Attention is paid to the younger Tongans who have been brought to
Australia by their parents or who have been born in Australia. Although some
individuals are clearly rejecting at least some aspects of their Tongan identity,
others are experiencing a resurgence of interest in “Tongan culture” and in being
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1998 - Volume 10, Number 1

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