New volume explores the critical insights and creative energies of Pacific Islander youth

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“One of the most original and inspiring books in youth studies I’ve read. The Indigenous futurities and urban Oceanic imaginaries eloquently presented offer alternative relations to land, seas, and skies.”—Sunaina Maira, author of 'The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, and Solidarity in the War on Terror'

Reppin’ edited by Keith L. Camacho (New Zealand, 2019) is forthcoming in May 2021.

From hip-hop artists in the Marshall Islands to innovative multimedia producers in Vanuatu to racial justice writers in Utah, Pacific Islander youth are using radical expression to transform their communities. Exploring multiple perspectives about Pacific Islander youth cultures in such locations as Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Hawai‘i, and Tonga, this cross-disciplinary volume foregrounds social justice methodologies and programs that confront the ongoing legacies of colonization, incarceration, and militarization. The ten essays in this collection also highlight the ways in which youth throughout Oceania and the diaspora have embraced digital technologies to communicate across national boundaries, mobilize sites of political resistance, and remix popular media. By centering Indigenous peoples’ creativity and self-determination, Reppin’ vividly illuminates the dynamic power of Pacific Islander youth to reshape the present and future of settler cities and other urban spaces in Oceania and beyond.

Keith L. Camacho (New Zealand, 2019/20) is professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam. The other contributors are: Stella Black, Alika Bourgette, Thomas Dick, Sarah Doyle, Moses Ma’alo Faleolo, Edmond Fehoko, Mary K. Good, ‘Inoke Hafoka, Jacquie Kidd, Lea Lani Kinikini, Kepa ʻŌkusitino Maumau, Vaoiva Ponton, Demiliza Saramosing, Jessica A. Schwartz, Arcia Tecun, Katey Thom, and Moana ‘Ulu‘ave-Hafoka.

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