This book is a collection of interviews and photographs gathered in an extensive women's oral history project funded by Brigham Young University - Hawaii.The stories of these phenomenal Pacific Islander women are provocative and inspirational. Their voices are brought to life, honored, and well portrayed within the covers of this book, making a significant contribution to an extremely limited existing literature on Pacific Islanders, particularly Pacific Islander women. The contents of this book will definitely inform practice, theory, policy, and future research focusing on marginalized women populations. Told in their own voices, the experiences of the island women are ones of challenge, barriers, and struggles as well as ambitions, strengths, and success. They speak of the power of strong individual, family, and community identities, of values, spirituality, supports, and relationships in overcoming prejudice and discrimination and balancing personal and professional ambitions. The women share their personal and professional journeys and how they have learned to stand on steady grounds throughout those journeys.
They speak, also, of the ordinary, the daily tasks and responsibilities that make up many women's lives and provide their basic satisfactions. Finally, the women on the pages of this work tell of their connections to culture and tradition and their shared desire to hold fast to values under threat, even as they reach for the new. They wisely suggest that their most common endeavor is to preserve Pacific Island languages, our mother tongues that so ably anchor us to our island homes. Debbie Hippolite Wright, Kathleen Ward, and Rose Ram have done an admirable job in honoring these Pacific Islander women by recognizing the authenticity of their stories told in their own voices. I highly endorse this book and its authors, and hope that it will inspire self-assessment and advocacy for change in the person and the multiple systems in which the person exists. I express best wishes to the authors as they continue a life long commitment to examining the unique experiences of Pacific Islander women in the context of their families, cultures, communities, and the greater dominant society.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd