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05 April 2016


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Hi Robin, thanks for that link. I'll be sure to have a read.

Hi Peter - Haha thanks for the info on the Pattycake Dolls. I didn't know there was such a line but I'm keen to get one now for my kids:) Sometime last year I read about a Nigerian entrepreneur who was making it big with his creation of his own Nigerian look-alike (girl) dolls. I'm now hanging out for Mattel to do for Ken what they've done for Barbie!

Hi Phil - For sure, there are quite a few Australians who've lived/been assosiated with PNG that I consider as PNGn as I am. As for the identity issue, I know a few Africans who've migrated (Australia and elsewhere) and feel subjected to similar treatment. Most certainly so for a few of the PNGns in my social circle.

Hi John - I definiitely agree with you about needing to adapt with change, technology and so on. Although Im not sure about your comment with swallowing one's pride and copping the flak? Is that in relation to putting up with the very treatment both Michael and I have discussed? If so - then I guess I've long reached my breaking point for what I'll tolerate as a 'Melanesian'.

Hi Michael - thank you:)

I foresee that increasingly what is it that us more Melanesians or not will become insignificant.

What will be more important is that we are really in a constantly changing global context.

What we face everyday are first and foremost survival, livelihood and bread and butter issues. We need to be comfortable with change, technology and new ideas. And swallow our pride and cop the flak sometimes. Or is it un-Melanesian?

Rashmii - Barbie is one thing (and so Hollywoodised it's unbelievable), but this is something else. The Pattycake dolls. The even have a Muslim one! "Black Doll in Muslim Girl's Hijab & Abaya Outfit".

Give me strength.

Go Rashmii!

Go Barbie!

Go Rashmii-Barbie!

Go RashBie!

Fascinating article Rashmii. I didn't realise that identity was such an issue in PNG until I read Michael's article and now you've expanded on it.

I was delighted when Australia adopted multiculturalism. When I grew up in the 1950s it was pretty much a white society but now it is multi-coloured, multi-shaped, multi-beliefed and multi-eyed. And we don't have to eat stodgy English food anymore.

But we do have to put up with dopey and violent nationalism and thugs draped in Australian flags.

There must be a few Australians who have spent most of their lives in PNG who now think of themselves as Papua New Guineans too.

For the critics the message is clear - get over it.

Phew; Rashmi, you have been provoked. Here's a thought provoker to possibly explain the foray by Barbie into the mainstream of multi-culturalism:

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