Niu Mana, Sport, Media and the Australian Diaspora

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    Abstract

    In the trailer for In Football We Trust, a documentary directed by Tony Vainuku and produced by Erika Cohn of Idle Wild films, several young Polynesian men identify themselves as playing high school football. An inter title appears stating that approximately 150,000 Samoans and Tongans now live in the United States and are 56 times more likely to make it into the National Football League (NFL) than any other ‘race’ despite one in four of the same group living in poverty. And why is their success rate so high? Words like ‘faith’, ‘talent’, ‘culture’, ‘warrior’ and ‘family’ flash across the screen, followed by:‘it’s the only option’ (IFWT Productions and ITVS 2014).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Mana: Transformations of a Classic Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures
    Editors Matt Tomlinson and Ty P. Kawika Tengan
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherANU Press
    Pages107-130
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781760460075
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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