Press Release: New Anthology of Pacific Writing

 

Press Release

Pacific Islands Studies Task Force @ the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) & Achiote Press Announces NEW Pasefika Anthology Series—MATAMAI

(San Francisco, CA) December 01, 2010:   The Pacific Islands Studies Task Force @ the City College of San Francisco & Achiote Press today announced the release of a NEW Pasefika Anthology Series entitled MATAMAI (mah-tah-mah-ee).

Founded in 2009 through a partnership between Pacific Islands Studies professor & editor, David Ga’oupu Palaita (vika) of the City College of San Francisco & poet Craig Santos Perez of Achiote Press, the anthology encompasses the works of students enrolled in Pacific Islands Studies across the U.S.  Students submitted works ranging from art, poetry, songs, and short stories about the collection’s first theme, VASA (vah-sah) or “sacred space” or “ocean.”

The concept of the anthology is three-fold: It empowers students by allowing them to “take ownership” in their learning; it creates a network for students while sharing in the production of knowledge in the field of P.I. Studies; and it becomes an archive of a growing Pacific Islander movement in the U.S. to build P.I. Studies programs across colleges and universities.  “Matamai is an amazingly powerful student critique of the seemingly static nature of higher education,” said Dr. Rick Bonus, professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.   “I never thought I could ever partake in such a transformative and engaging opportunity in my education,” said Fifita Haloholo, president of the Pacific Islanders Club @ CCSF.

The first edition features work by students of the University of Washington, Seattle (American Ethnic Studies) and the City College of San Francisco (Interdisciplinary Studies) and will be published annually out of CCSF as part of the P.I. Studies Task Force Publications arm.  The 2nd edition, to be released in fall 2011, will be a joint project by students of the University of Utah and City College of San Francisco.

Copies of “Matamai: The Vasa In Us” can be purchased for $7.25 + s/h here.

 

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