Negotiating the Digital Vā: Emerging Pacific Scholars and Community Building on Twitter


  • Seuta‘afili Patrick Thomsen
  • Lana Lopesi
  • Gregory Pōmaikaʻi Gushiken
  • Leah Damm
  • Kevin Lujan Lee
  • Emmaline Pickering-Martin
  • Fetaui Iosefo
  • Sereana Naepi
  • Litia Tuiburelevu



Although the power of social media to bring people together across borders is acknowledged, very little has been written about the potential of social media sites for emerging Pacific scholars living transnationally across our region and beyond. We deploy thematic talanoa to demonstrate how emerging Pacific scholars engage Twitter as a platform where routes and relationships are established and teu/tauhi in the digital vā. Furthermore, we argue that emerging scholars of Pacific heritage are building an augmented reality founded on Pacific-specific ways of relationship building, forming external to, and in response to, marginalising dominant narratives inside and outside Pacific worlds.


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