While we may talk back to the empire, we can’t talk to each other.
“Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. While it is common to understand the ocean as something that divides land, for those Indigenous to the Pacific or the Moana, it was traditionally a connector and an ancestor.”—Lana Lopesi
In False Divides Lopesi asks how Pacific peoples around the Moana can connect once again and overcome the false divides created by colonialism. She proposes that technology, particularly the internet and social media, is crucial for forging and maintaining relationships across the ocean. False Divides argues that the online world is turning the ocean back into the continent that it once was, unifying diasporic Moana peoples.
Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, The Great Continent; False Divides: Parting the Moana; Becoming Global: Moana Peoples as Commuting Cultures; Double-Edged Sword: Moana Peoples Online; and High-Speed Nets and Webs: A Contemporary Oceania.