ERIC Number: ED229489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Price of Ethnic Identity: Maintaining Kin Ties among Pacific Islands Immigrants to New Zealand. Research Report No. 22.
Graves, Theodore D.; And Others
In an attempt to evaluate the thesis of Albert Wendt, the well-known Samoan writer, that competing loyalties, goals, and expectations create tension among Polynesian migrants to New Zealand, this paper examines the psychological and social costs of Polynesian migration to an urban center in New Zealand. During 1979-80, 228 Samoans, 2,122 Cook Islanders, and 224 New Zealanders of European heritage were selected from within the same working class neighborhoods of Auckland, New Zealand. These groups were interviewed in their native language about their social and familial contacts, employment experiences, education, and general coping and adjustment patterns. In the paper, the experiences of one Samoan couple are presented, in order to describe the adjustment of Pacific Islanders to life in their adopted land. Three adaptation strategies (kin reliance, peer reliance, and self reliance) are discussed, and the consequences of these strategies for ethnic minority immigrants are considered. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand; Wendt (Albert)
Note: Paper presented at a symposium on "Mobility, Identity, and Policy in the Island Pacific" at the Pacific Sciences Congress (15th, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 1-11, 1983).