On being a contemporary taasila: navigating kastom and ol ting blong waet man

M'Balla-Ndi, Marie (2015) On being a contemporary taasila: navigating kastom and ol ting blong waet man. Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, 23 (4). pp. 599-614.

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Pacific journalists are faced with many issues, some of which would be familiar to Western journalists, while others are unique to the South Pacific and can be confusing to journalists exclusively educated or trained in the West. The core argument of this paper is that an approach attentive to the cultural context and particularities of South Pacific societies like Vanuatu can enhance our understanding of the challenges faced by contemporary Pacific journalists and allows us to gain a better understanding of these journalists' activities. 'On being a contemporary taasila: navigating kastom and ol ting blong waet men' explores the impact of kastom (ni-Vanuatu's customs) on news translation in the archipelago, providing specific examples of how kastom interferes, impacts (perhaps positively or negatively), and influences the processes of news gathering, writing, editing, and news delivery in an attempt to refresh the thin available literature on media and journalism in Vanuatu, giving serious consideration to cultural socio-cultural factors. The impact of re-emerging oceanic epistemologies will be investigated in an attempt to describe how culture in a complex socio-cultural context impacts on ni-Vanuatu journalists' work on a daily basis.

Item ID: 38616
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1747-6623
Keywords: cultural diversity; cultural values; adaptation; news translation; journalism; kastom
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 23:31
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies @ 40%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 10%
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