Gender and the Pacific

The following is a short resource put together by one of our media and visual representation panel presenters: Anaïs Duong-Pedica (she / @anaisdpedica). This is also available as a PDF.

This is a non-exhaustive list of resources for those who are interested in learning more about gender in the Pacific islands.


Gender in the PacificThe University of Hawai’i-Mānoa has created comprehensive workbook on Gender in the Pacific:

Dvorak, Greg, Delihna Ehmes, Evile Feleti, Perez Viernes, and Teresia Teaiwa. (2016). Gender in the Pacific. Volume 2 of Teaching Oceania Series, edited by Monica LaBriola. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa.

It contains a helpful glossary and list of third gender terms in the Pacific region.


TEDxTalk Suva has a series of talks:
Jope Tarai (2016). Re-Thinking the Fijian Man
Frances C. Koya Vaka’uta (2016). Tattoo & Tapa: Reclaiming Pacific Symbols
Web/social: @TEDxSuva (Twitter)


FAF SWAG is a collective based in Auckland that celebrates queer Pacific islander culture.
Web/social: / Facebook / Instagram

Syfret, Wendy. (2016). Fafswag is the Auckland collective celebrating queer Pacific islander culture. I-D.
Morton, Frances. (2017). Vogeuing for Survival: Inside New Zealand’s Radical Pacific Queer Community. Vice.


Coconet TV has a series of mini-documentaries called Weaving Rainbows about Pasifika LGBTQIA peoples.


Adorn is a collection of stories from women around the Pacific about their relationship with their hair.


Hot Brown Honey is a group of theatre and cabaret performers from Australia who have recently performed in England and Scotland:

Hot Brown HoneyTrailer
Social: Facebook / @hotbrownhoney (Instagram/Twitter)

Smith, Janet. (2017). Hot Brown Honey women finally take centre stage to smash stereotypes. The Georgia Straight.


More academic (all accessible/downloadable for free):
Alexeyeff, Kalissa. (2010). Dancing Gender: Globalisation, Regional Flows, and the Boundaries of the Nation. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 23.
Alexeyeff, Kalissa & Taylor, John (Eds). (2016). Touring Pacific Cultures. Canberra: ANU Press.
Foerstel, Lenora & Gilliam, Angela (Eds). (1992). Confronting the Margaret Mead Legacy: Scholarship, Empire and the South Pacific. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Available at:
Jolly, Margaret. (2008). Moving Masculinities: Memories and Bodies Across Oceania. The Contemporary Pacific, 20(1), 1-24.
Macintyre, Martha & Spark, Ceridwen (Eds). (2017). Transformations of Gender in Melanesia. Canberra: ANU Press.
O’Brien, Patty. (2006). ‘Think of Me as a Woman’: Queen Pomare of Tahiti and Anglo-French Imperial Contest in the 1840s Pacific. Gender & History, 18(1), 108-129. [note: you must have created and be signed into an account to access this resource]
Tamaira, A. Marata. (2010). From Full Dusk to Full Tusk: Reimagining the “Dusky Maiden” Through the Visual Arts. The Contemporary Pacific, 22(1), 1-35.