Taka 'i fonua mahu : being Tongan; second generation Tongan migrants

Helu, Leilehua-‘o-Taufa (2012) Taka 'i fonua mahu : being Tongan; second generation Tongan migrants. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Taka ‘i fonua mahu is a Tongan proverb, which means: "Going about or living in a fruitful land". This thesis analyses the experiences and impacts on migration on being Tongan, particularly Tongan youth in an adopted fruitful land, South East Queensland. The thesis argues that being Tongan in Tonga, has new meaning in the diaspora because of remittances, job prospects, educational opportunity, adapting to a multicultural society, and social justice. These issues are revealed by comparisons made with the experiences of the first generation Tongan migrants, and second generation Tongan migrants, as well as those in New Zealand and America. It argues that the Church, the family and kainga (extended family) impact on the anga fakatonga (Tongan way) and the essence of community as experienced by the first and second generation Tongan migrants. The framework for this analysis is a study of transnationalism, and being Tongan as it is maintained and changed in the diaspora.

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ID Code: 61004
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Quanchi, Max & Moore, Keith
Keywords: Tongan migrants, second generation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2013 03:07
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:47

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