As a New Zealand born Tongan, Dr Janet Tupou knows all about the identity struggles that walking in two worlds can bring. In our first free webinar of 2021, she discusses her research into the way that creativity is becoming a vessel for Tongan women in New Zealand (‘Tiwis’) to unmute their voices, as they struggle to balance their cultural and personal identities.
She explores how this strategy could be adapted to help foster engagement with Pasifika youth, helping them to express themselves and their opinions, and improve their well-being. She also discusses ways to successfully engage with young people.
Janet says: ‘Encouraging young Pacific people to dispel stereotypes when it comes to creativity is what drives me. Shedding light on how to think and not what to think is an essential ingredient in today’s society.’
Dr Janet Tupou’s PhD Thesis – (De)constructing Tongan Creativity – A Talanoa about Walking in Two Worlds
Dr Janet Tupou starring in a Music Video on YouTube – Lou Fatai – Fejoint ft Konecs & Folau [Official Music Video]