1st Edition

Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

Edited By Farida Fozdar, Kirsten McGavin Copyright 2017
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a "southern," Pacific Ocean perspective on the topic of racial hybridity, exploring it through a series of case studies from around the Australo-Pacific region, a region unique as a result of its very particular colonial histories. Focusing on the interaction between "race" and culture, especially in terms of visibility and self-defined identity; and the particular characteristics of political, cultural and social formations in the countries of this region, the book explores the complexity of the lived mixed race experience, the structural forces of particular colonial and post-colonial environments and political regimes, and historical influences on contemporary identities and cultural expressions of mixed-ness.

    Introduction: ‘Mixed Race’ in the Australo-Pacific Region by Farida Fozdar and Kirsten McGavin

    1. Descent, Classification and Indigeneity in Australia
    Emma Kowal

    2. Chinese History, Indigenous Identity and Mixed Ancestry in Australia's Gulf Country
    David Trigger and Richard Martin

    3. ‘A Mini United Nations’: Being Mixed in Multicultural Australia
    Maki Meyer and Farida Fozdar

    4. ‘Now, look at my skin, it is black and it is white together'
    Margot Ford and Ailsa Purdon

    5. ‘Just Asian’? Inscribing East Asian ‘Mixed Race’ in Australia
    Crystal Abidin

    The Pacific 
    6. Constructing and Interpreting ‘Mixed Race’ and ‘Mixed Parentage’ in Papua New Guinea
    Helen Johnson and Kirsten McGavin

    7. The Transformation of the ‘Métis Question’ in New Caledonia,1853-2009
    Adrian Muckle and Benoît Trépied

    8. A Categorical Failure: ‘Mixed Race’ in Colonial Papua New Guinea
    Michael Goddard

    9. Lingering Legacies of German Colonialism: The ‘Mixed Race’ Identities in Oceania
    Christine Winter

    10. ‘Mixed Race’ Activism within Ethno-Nationalist Conflict: West Papuan Experiences
    Camellia Webb-Gannon

    New Zealand
    11. ‘Kraut’, ‘Coconut’ or ‘Kiwi’?: German-Tongan Identity in New Zealand
    Kasia Cook

    12. ‘It’s a Bicultural Nation. But the Journey Towards True Biculturalism, It’s Not There Yet’: Exploring Fathers’ Racial Projects in Bringing Up Their Multi-Race Children in New Zealand
    Rosalind Edwards

    13. Beyond ‘Mixed Race’ and ‘Unmixed Race’: Being and Having Race in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    Neriko Musha Doerr

    14. Narratives of Belonging and Not Belonging: Chinese/European ‘Mixed’ Identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand Zarine Rocha


    Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia.

    Kirsten McGavin is Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Anthropology) in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland.