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Epeli Hau’ofa


Epeli Hau’ofa was born in Papua New Guinea in 1939 to Tongan missionary parents. He went to school in Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji and Australia and university in Australia and McGill in Montreal. He got his Ph. D. from the Australian National University in Canberra. After teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea he worked as a research fellow at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He was deputy private secretary to the King of Tonga before returning to the University of the South Pacific where he headed the Rural Development Centre, the Department of Sociology and the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture and where his wife, Barbara, also worked. He died in 2009.

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Epeli Hau’ofa


1977 Our Crowded Islands
1979 Corned Beef and Tapioca: A Report on the Food Distribution System in Tonga
1981 Mekeo: Inequality and Ambivalence in a Village Society
1983 Tales of the Tikongs
1993 A New Oceania – Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands
1995 Kisses in the Nederends
2008 We are the Ocean