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Ocean, Motion, Emotion: Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific

Matt Matsuda

Keywords: canoe; climate change; migration; refugee; Spanish galleon

Abstract

The Pacific is a constantly shifting domain of cultures, encounters, and natural

phenomena. As such, histories of the Pacifi c are marked by transits, circuits,

and displacements, both intentional and unintentional. By sketching out examples

from the sailing voyages of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a, to the enslavement

of a South Asian woman transported on the Spanish galleons, to the

Australian government’s contested policy for dealing with seaborne refugees,

to the challenges posed to low-lying islands by rising sea levels, we see how

peoples in motion underscore so much of global history.

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