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Archipelagic American Studies

Edited by
Brian Russell Roberts
Brian Russell Roberts

Brian Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University.

 

Michelle Ann Stephens is Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

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Michelle Ann Stephens
Michelle Ann Stephens

Brian Russell Roberts is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University.

 

Michelle Ann Stephens is Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7320-9
Publication date:
2017
Book Chapter

The Governors-General: Caribbean Canadian and Pacific New Zealand Success Stories

By
Birte Blascheck
Birte Blascheck
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Teresia Teaiwa
Teresia Teaiwa
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Published:
May 2017

Michaëlle Jean was the first governor-general of Canada of African-Haitian/Caribbean origin, and Anand Satyanand was the first governor-general of New Zealand of Indo-Fijian/Pacific descent. Governors-general function as heads of state, but their representational roles also draw attention to the relationships between their respective communities and the nation. Based on analyses of media reports, public speeches, and individual and focus group interviews, this chapter explores the phenomena of “archipelagic diasporas” and “celebrity culture,” and investigates the next generation of Caribbean Canadians’ and Pacific New Zealanders’ perceptions of Jean’s and Satyanand’s success stories. It traces discourses of indigeneity, biculturalism, and multiculturalism, and finds that family, friends, and community are more important to youth than high-profile public personalities. The framework of archipelagic American studies illuminates complex minority and majority dynamics that might otherwise be overlooked by US-centric approaches.

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