Dream of the Water Children: The Black Pacific

Dewayne Everettsmith, Aboriginal Singer

Dewayne Everettsmith is one of the most popular singer-songwriters in Australia today. He speaks and sings passionately to the continuing struggles of his people and brings light to the histories that he feels people must know, and to pay tribute to the ancestors and the lands that birthed him and the Aboriginal peoples on the Australian continent and the diaspora.  The song is entitled: Melaythina, and is available on I-Tunes. Here is the quote from the music video: “celebrating the Tasmanian Aboriginal people’s connection to Country. This is an edited version of a song written by Roger Sculthorpe, Heather Sculthorpe, June Sculthorpe, Chris Mansell, Di Cook and Theresa Sainty from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and sung in palawa kani, Tasmanian Aboriginal language to school students on a TMAG program.”

Aboriginal Music Group from Australia: Black Arm Band

 

Black Arm Band is a group of some of the best-known music artists of Aboriginal Australia. Their piece: Dirtsong, giving homage to Australia’s land and spirit, has won worldwide acclaim.

If one understands the destruction of the Aboriginal communities that are ongoing in Australia, from the colonial period and continuing through today, we can understand the intense feelings, connected to land and memory, invoked in these presentations that have touched millions around the world.

Preview by Wendy Cheng, of my upcoming book: Dream of the Water Children

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A Black-Japanese Amerasian reflects on life in the present, with the traces of wars and their aftermaths. 2Leaf Press is pleased to announce the publication of Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd’s first book, DREAM OF THE WATER CHILDREN, MEMORY AND MOURNING IN THE BLACK PACIFIC, in June 2016.

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Blackbirding

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‘Black-birding’ is a British term which was used to speak of the 19th century Pacific labor/slave trade for the colonialists.  Australia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States were the main traders. Blackbirding mostly involved kidnapping and trickery (to sign contracts) for laboring in mines and plantations in South America, the U.S., Canadian West Coast, and Australia and their colonies.

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Australia’s Occupation Babies of Postwar Japan: Walter Hamilton’s Study

Australian forces of the BCOF (British Commonwealth Occupation Forces) in 1946 in Kure, Japan on parade for Anzac Day. Photo courtesy of Australian Government Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

The following is the abstract of the paper presented by a colleague of mine, Walter Hamilton at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia 2011 Biennnial Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in July of 2011.

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“In fact, to convince Americans of their superiority over the Filipinos, demonstrate the savagery and uncivilized nature of Filipinos, and rationalize their civilization and benevolent intention in the Philippines, the United States brought over 1,100 Filipinos to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1902 and sequestered them in what was called “The Philippine Reservation. . . .”

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