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Cartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black CatCartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black Cat

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dc.contributor.author Mishra, Sudesh
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-17T21:11:15Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-17T21:11:15Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Mishra, S. 2016. Cartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black Cat. The Contemporary Pacific 28 (1): 97-126.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/43714
dc.description.abstract For four decades after the country’s independence from Britain in 1970, Laisenia Naulumatua, known as Lai, was Fiji’s preeminent political cartoonist, capturing the volatile history of the nation in panels he sketched for the Saturday edition of the Fiji Times and the Sunday edition of the Daily Post. Lai’s cartoons afford an idiosyncratic overview of the events and agents, large and small, lighthearted and serious, that shaped the nation’s character in the closing decades of the twenti¬eth century. Seldom driven by the livid savagery of the firebrand cartoonist, Lai adopted the casual bystander’s wry approach to representing public events and personalities and included in many of his panels a scrawny black cat to convey the sentiments of the hoi polloi. He tackled social and political ills certainly, but without ill will. In its espousal of the attributes of restraint, equanimity, and mod¬eration, and in its preference for surface levity over piercing gravity, Lai’s oeuvre promotes the middle path of slight and cautious adjustments to daily political and social ructions. This essay discusses Lai’s work in relation to that of his peers and antecedents, locally as well as internationally, and in the context of established theories of the political cartoon.
dc.format.extent 30 pages
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject political cartoon
dc.subject caricature
dc.subject Fijian history
dc.subject Pacific Way
dc.subject religion
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title Cartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black CatCartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black Cat
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2016 - Volume 28, Number 1


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