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Digital diaspora, reinvigorating Indigenous identity and online activism: social media and the reorientation of Rotuman identity

Titifanue, J, Varea, RR, Varea, R, Kant, R and Finau, G ORCID: 0000-0001-5708-8654 2018 , 'Digital diaspora, reinvigorating Indigenous identity and online activism: social media and the reorientation of Rotuman identity' , Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 169, no. 1 , pp. 32-42 , doi: 10.1177/1329878X18803377.

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Abstract

The island of Rotuma in Fiji poses a paradox. Indigenous Fijians make up more than 60% of Fiji’spopulation. However, as a unique ethnic group, Rotumans are a demographic minority, withtheir language listed on the UNESCO list of endangered languages. This is caused by extensiveoutmigration, with more than 80% of Rotumans residing outside of Rotuma. Recently, Rotumanmigrants have heavily relied on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and newmedia, as tools for reinvigorating culture, rekindling familial ties and being a platform for politicaldiscourse on Rotuman issues. Facebook has been increasingly employed by Rotumans to informand educate themselves and their networks on the implications of two bills introduced in Fiji’sParliament in 2015, which impact Rotuma in terms of its land and customs. This article examineshow Rotumans have innovatively used social media to reinvigorate culture and how this hasevolved to take on an increasingly political dimension.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Titifanue, J and Varea, RR and Varea, R and Kant, R and Finau, G
Keywords: digital diaspora, Fiji, Indigenous identity, online activism, reinvigorating culture, Rotuma
Journal or Publication Title: Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1329-878X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1329878X18803377
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