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Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann

In this podcast Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann delivers a keynote presentation. Karl is introduced by Kevin Hague. The presentation happened during the opening plenary: Intersectionality - the whole of us.

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This summary encapsulates the recording of the keynote presentation delivered by Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann at the AsiaPacific Outgames' opening plenary titled "Intersectionality - the whole of us," introduced by Kevin Hague, and held at Ilott Theatre in the Wellington Town Hall. The event covered relevant topics from the 2010s and began with a series of warm greetings in various Pacific languages.

The speaker humorously navigates technical difficulties with the presentation equipment before diving into the heart of the presentation, which focuses on the historical perspectives of gender roles and sexuality within Pacific communities, pre-and post-colonization. The early status of women in these cultures is highlighted through figures like Nafanua, a warrior leader of Samoa, and Salamasina, Samoa's first ruler. The pre-colonial era recognized the dominant role of women, which was later diminished by colonial and missionary influences, marking a shift in power dynamics and social structures.

The impact of European colonizers on Pacific attire, attitudes towards sexuality, and adoption of heterosexism is criticized, with an emphasis on the inappropriate and culturally insensitive changes imposed on the locals. By the 1970s, the migration of Pacific Peoples to New Zealand for labor highlighted the shifting economy and the later discrimination faced during the economic downturn. Stigmatization of Pacific Islanders as overstayers and dawn raids are depicted as part of the harsh reality following the decline of the economic boom.

Further, the presentation challenges inherited attitudes toward sexuality and calls for the decolonization of thought, citing the enduring moral conservativism that settled in the Pacific due to Western influence. The narrative then shifts to address various perceptions of sexuality, critiquing the biophysical, psychological, and sociological models for their lack of inclusivity and cultural relevance to Pacific communities.

Pulotu-Endemann introduces the Fonofale model, an inclusive framework that addresses cultural, family, physical, and mental aspects as foundational elements of understanding sexuality within the context of Pacific and Maori communities. This holistic approach emphasizes the importance of spirituality and environment in shaping perspectives.

The presentation concludes with a call to action for the Pacific communities to preserve their land and history, encouraging networking and cultural challenge. The presentation ends with a Samoan song that embodies the spirit of community and togetherness.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:16th March 2011
Location:Ilott Theatre, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004123).