Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.
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“I belong to Oceania – that vast expanse of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia – a fabulously varied scatter of islands, nations, cultures, myths, and mythologies. Oceania is also a multiplicity of social, economic, and political systems all in different stages of decolonization, ranging from politically independent nations (Western Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands) through self-governing nations (the New Hebrides and Niue) to colonies (mainly French and American). There are more than 1,200 indigenous languages in Oceania, plus English, French, Hindi, Spanish, and various forms of Pidgin, with which to catch and interpret the past, create new historical and sociological visions, and compose songs, stories, poems, and plays.”
Albert Wendt (ed.), Lali: A Pacific Anthology (Auckland, NZ: Longman Paul, 1980), p. xiii.