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By Ping-Ann Addo

Tongan ladies residing outdoor in their island place of origin create and use hand-made, occasionally hybridized, textiles to take care of and transform their cultural traditions in diaspora. primary to those traditions is an old thought of fatherland or country- fonua-which Tongans continue as an anchor for contemporary nation-building. using the idea that of the "multi-territorial nation," the writer questions the concept that residing in diaspora is together particular with genuine cultural creation and identification. The globalized state the ladies construct via gifting their barkcloth and high quality mats, demanding situations the normative concept that international locations are consistently geographically bounded or spatially contiguous. The paintings means that, opposite to established understandings of globalization, international source flows don't constantly basically contain commodities. concentrating on first-generation Tongans in New Zealand and the relationships they forge throughout generations and during the diaspora, the ebook examines how those groups centralize the diaspora by means of innovating and adapting conventional cultural varieties in unparalleled ways.

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