Dr Quito Swan To Release ‘Pasifika Black’ Book

March 31, 2022 | 8 Comments

swan-quito bermuda 2022Bermudian Dr Quito Swan is set to release a new book ‘Pasifika Black,’ described as “a lively living history of anti-colonialist movements across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.”

The book’s description says, “A lively living history of anti-colonialist movements across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Oceania is a vast sea of islands, large scale political struggles and immensely significant historical phenomena. Pasifika Black is a compelling history of understudied anti-colonial movements in this region, exploring how indigenous Oceanic activists intentionally forged international connections with the African world in their fights for liberation.

“Drawing from research conducted across Fiji, Australia, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Britain, and the United States, Quito Swan shows how liberation struggles in Oceania actively engaged Black internationalism in their diverse battles against colonial rule. Pasifika Black features as its protagonists Oceania’s many playwrights, organizers, religious leaders, scholars, Black Power advocates, musicians, environmental justice activists, feminists, and revolutionaries who carried the banners of Black liberation across the globe.

“It puts artists like Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal and her 1976 call for a Black Pacific into an extended conversation with Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka, the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific’s Amelia Rokotuivuna, Samoa’s Albert Wendt, African American anthropologist Angela Gilliam, the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins, West Papua’s Ben Tanggahma, New Caledonia’s Déwé Gorodey, and Polynesian Panther Will ‘Ilolahia. In so doing, Swan displays the links Oceanic activists consciously and painstakingly formed in order to connect Black metropoles across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

“In a world grappling with the global significance of Black Lives Matter and state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown bodies, Pasifika Black is a both triumphant history and tragic reminder of the ongoing quests for decolonization in Oceania, the African world, and the Global South.”

Dr Swan — a Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington — is also the author of Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization and Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice. He obtained his Ph.d in African Diaspora History from Howard University, and taught in its Department of History.

Pasifika Black by Quito Swan Bermuda March 2022

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  1. Congrats. says:

    Excellent. Should be a good read.

  2. Who cares? says:

    Another look back instead of a look forward book! Typical

    • Why says:

      Don’t you put down your colouring book and write a book about going forward then burn all of your history books and the bible.

  3. Observer says:

    Just another publication joining the flavour of the decade, along with a miriad of woke action sprinkled across the globe. I’m sure it’s a very interesting publication which will undoubtedly add to the agenda of those unable to accept many good changes taking place in the world today. Best of luck with the sales Mr Swan.

    • Ignorance abounds in your comment says:

      You would never say it to a Jew or about their suffering or about the exploitation of Native Indians or Native africans and aborigines in Australia. so you are very biased to say the least. Your comment says avoid you. at all cost.

  4. Toodle-oo says:

    From the Bermuda perspective is there any mention of the assassination of the Commissioner of Police ,the Governor , his dog and his ADC and the men from the Shopping Centre in ’73 and the mayhem in Dec ’77 ?

  5. Bermuda cedar says:

    Looks like an important and interesting read. I wonderif Dr. Swan also discusses Nouvelle Caldonie and the Kanak struggle for freedom? I also wonder if this book discusses West Papua in relation to Indonesian Imperialism?

  6. James222 says:

    Such a strange way to live life looking back and being bitter over things that happened centuries ago (especially when the same things brought a huge amount of positives that strangely never get mentioned by people like this guy). That approach to life will always end in misery and bitterness rather than progression. Imagine if the UK had this approach to Germany for example..would stagnate progress so much and be hugely detrimental. Time to look forward and build a better society. Living in the past only brings misery and problems – just look at what Putins doing to the world now because he’s looking back at something that the rest of the world has moved on from

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