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Glamour in the PacificCultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women's Pan-Pacific$
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Fiona Paisley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833428

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833428.001.0001

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Interracial Friendship

Interracial Friendship

(p.97) Three Interracial Friendship
Glamour in the Pacific

Fiona Paisley

University of Hawai'i Press

Writing in her conference diary in 1934, Elsie Andrews recorded with pride that the Pan-Pacific Women's Association had celebrated the New Zealand delegation as an example to the world. The bilingual and bicultural presentation by its Maori and Pakeha members had been the hit of the Honolulu conference that year. Their performance was considered to have encapsulated the very kind of harmonious and cooperative race relations likely to facilitate a just and humane future between the peoples of the world. This chapter focuses on the efforts of Andrews—both as the leader of the delegation and through her part in that memorable performance—to constitute herself as a modern settler colonial. Through her account of sharing the international stage with the Maori delegates, Andrews sought to consolidate her status as a cosmopolitan and progressive woman internationalist. The intimacy of friendship she sought with the Maori women illustrates the complex interplay of diverse colonial, national, and individual histories in the interpersonal and collective relationships forged between women across racial and cultural lines.

Keywords:   Elsie Andrews, Pan-Pacific Women's Association, New Zealand, Maori, Pakeha, race relations, women's internationalism

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