Emily Fatu, MA Student in Pacific Studies

Emily’s research is focused on Pacific ‘mixedness’, identity and creative arts, which developed from her own mixed Pacific heritage and her interest in Art History.

Emily Fatu
Emily Fatu, MA Student in Pacific Studies
“I am the va
so cut me up
scatter me among yourselves
and taste the bitter sweetness
of the space between
brown and white”
Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor

“I share this quote from a young Samoan/European poet who embraces her Afakasi heritage. Similarly,through my journey in Pacific Studies, I have learnt to do the same”, says Emily.

Originally, Pacific Studies had been recommended for interest only, but within the first few classes Emily made it her major. "One of the best choices I have made here at Victoria”, says Emily.   In 2013 Emily completed her BA (HONS), and is now continuing in an MA.

Emily’s research is focused on Pacific ‘mixedness’, identity and creative arts, which developed from her own mixed Pacific heritage and her interest in Art History.

“I never imagined that I would have come this far in my academia, but with the support, belief and encouragement given through Va’aomanū PasifikaI have not only grown as an individual, but have also learnt to embrace and appreciate my Pacific heritage. This entail brought me closer than I have ever been to my ‘aiga (family)”, says Emily.