A scholarly analysis of a 2004 French Polynesian novel suggests that there are different ways of understanding the history and culture of the Tahitians, especially in contrast to those of the French colonizers. The scholars, Andrew Cowell and Maureen DeNino, appear to suggest that the novel Hutu Pāinu: Tahiti, Racines et Déchirements by Marie-Claude Teissier-Landgraf […]

French rule over the Tahitians is a constant reminder that remote colonial governments can be incredibly out of touch with the sensitivities of people they are governing. In an earlier era, colonial powers didn’t care about the desires of subject peoples, but now they pretend to—at least at times. Frequent blunders, such as ones by […]