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The international launch of ABARA BANABAwas carried out recently at the International  Islands of the World VIII 2004 conference held at Kinmen Island (Quemoy) Taiwan, between 1-7 Nov 2004.  A Banaban delegation attended this event to launch the newly formed Banaban lobby group - ABARA BANABA  at an International level.  This delegation consisted of Iakoba Karutake, Chairman of the Rabi Council of Leaders, Molly Amon, Director/Secretary of Rabi Council of Leaders, Ken Sigrah and Stacey King, spokespersons for ABARA BANABA The Banaban delegation had four papers/abstracts accepted and they were also orally presented at the conference.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

This conference, the eight in the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) series, was titled Changing Island - Changing Worlds. In 19986, a group of scholars, researchers, and island enthusiasts from around the world organised an international conference on Vancouver Island, Canada to discuss issues related to small islands. This inaugural "Island of the World" gathering was followed by other conferences in Tasmania (1988), the Bahamas (1992), Okinawa (1994), Mauritius (1998), Isle of Skye (2000), and most recently, Prince Edward Island (2002).  This year's (2004) conference was held on Kinmen Island, also known as Quemoy, Taiwan.  Although Kinmen Island is the site of warfare and violence in the 20th century, the island today is a natural paradise, showing visitors its cultural past with restored village sites and other buildings that show how the people of Kinmen have lived and worked. The devastating conflicts of the past can be seen, making the contrast even greater with the calm and beauty of the present.

PARTICIPANTS

Over 150 scholars from various regions throughout the world convened on Kinmen Island with fifteen keynote speakers delivering speeches during the plenary sessions. More that 120 papers/abstract were received and either orally presented during concurrent sessions, or as posters that were shared with all participants. Conference participants representing diverse small islands attended from about thirty different countries: Australia Barbados, British Virgin Island, Canada, China, Cook Island, Denmark, Fiji (Banabans), Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Kiribati (Banabans), Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Palau, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Seychelles, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago-West Indies, Taiwan, United  Kingdom and the USA.

 

 President ISISA - Prof. Grant  McCall  giving the

 'Welcoming Address' at Islands of the World VIII conference 

Close up view of Prof .Grant McCall during his

'Welcoming Address' at ISISA  

 

A view of the audience during the Opening Ceremony at ISISA conference Kinmen Island, Taiwan 

 

Enjoying the 'Welcome Banquet' on Monday   evening 1 Nov 2004

CONFERNENCE THEMES

                                  The Themes of the confrernece included:

Islands in a Changing World 

 

 

 Globalization

 

 

 Regional perspectives

 

 

 Barbados + 10 and beyond

Islands and Environmental Concerns

 

 

 Climate change

 

 

 Water resources

 

 

 Biodiversity and cultural diversity

 

 

 Land use

 

 

 Waste management

 

 

 Coastal and marine resources

Islands and Social Concerns

 

 

 Insular communities

 

 

 Health and population

 

 

 Local sustainable development

 

 

 Educational challenges and solutions

 

 

 Island societies in transition

Economic perspectives for island societies 

 

 

 Economic vulnerability

 

 

 Island Tourism

 

 

 Overcoming the constraints of small size

 

 

 Insular economies and transport

Culture, history and literature on changing islands   

 

 

 Islanders' voices

 

 

 Islanders' view of history

 

 

 The cultural identity of islands

 

 

 Social theories of changing islands

 

 

 Island arts and literature

 

 

 The music of islands

 

 

Banaban delegation arriving at Kinmen Island .    L-R: Molly Amon, Iakoba Karutake, Stacey King, Ken Sigrah

A view of the presentation titled 'Banaban Identity' delivered by Chairman of Rabi Council of Leaders - Iakoba Karutake  during ISISA 2004

 

Banaban delegation enjoying the Cultural Performance evening

 

Banaban delegation enjoying there visit to the historical village National Park on Kinmen Island

 

BANABAN PAPERS/ABSTRACTS

The following papers/abstracts were written and delivered as 20 minute Power Point presentations  by the Banaban delegation. Copies are now available for download by clicking on the  DOWNLOAD NOW highlighted link. These files are large and depending on the speed of your modem can take some time to download.  Larger versions of the images shown on this page can be viewed by 'double clicking' on each image.

A copy of our Banaban Papers/Abstracts are available as a .pdf format which requires Acrobat Reader to read it. 

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INDEX - Banaban ISISA 2004 Papers/Abstracts

 

Session Theme:  The Cultural Identity of Islands 2-2-C-2

Title: CULTURAL IDENTITY OF BANABANS

Authors: Ken Raobeia Sigrah & Stacey King

Presenter: Iakoba Karutake

File size: 713 KB    Paper size: 9,021 words

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Session Theme:  Islanders' View of History 2-3-A-2

Title: LEGACY OF A MINER'S DAUGHTER AND ASSESSMENT OF THE SOCIAL CHANGES OF THE BANABANS AFTER PHOSPHATE MINING ON BANABA

Authors:  Stacey King & Ken Raobeia Sigrah

Presenter: Stacey King

File size: 605 KB   Paper size: 9,021 words

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Session Theme:  Social Theories of Changing Islands 4-2-B-3

Title: ESSENTIALLY BEING BANABAN TODAY'S WORLD: THE ROLE OF BANABAN LAW "TE RII NI BANABA" (BACKBONE OF BANABA) IN A CHANGING WORLD

Authors: Ken Raobeia Sigrah & Stacey King

Presenter: Ken Raobeia Sigrah

File size: 913 KB   Paper size: 8,724 words

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Session Theme: Economic Perspectives for Island Development 2-4-A-3

Title: ECONOMIC VULNERABILITIES - BANABAN-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Authors: Manabau Kitaguchi & Paulo Vanualailai

Presenter: Molly Amon

File size: 208 KB  Paper size: 4,193 words

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Banaban delegation arriving at Kinmen's National Park Visitors Centre

Stacey King and Ken Sigrah sampling traditional foods during their excusion to historical village site

 

Ken Sigrah performing a Banaban dance during the Farewell party

 

Iokoba Karutake presenting a copy of Banaban history book - Te Rii ni Banaba ot Kinmen government of behalf of the Banaban delegation

CONFERENCE OUTCOME - THE KINMEN DECLARATION

By the close of the conference a declaration titled - The Kinmen Declaration was implemented and is available for download in a .pdf format

  The Kinmen Declaration (English version)    23 KB DOWNLOAD NOW
  The Kinmen Declaration (Chinese version)   19 KB DOWNLOAD NOW

A WORD OF THANKS

The Banaban delegation would like to thank the ISISA Executive and members of ISISA for their words of encouragement and support offered at the recent ISISA VIII conference.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with such an array of Island experts in such diverse fields of interests including, environment, culture and history, development, island tourism, economic development etc. The delegation would especially like to thank the people of Kinmen Island for their warm hospitality and assistance while we were guests on their island.

For many of the conference delegates and local students attending, it was the first time they had heard of the Banaban people and their history.  We hope that the launch of ABARA BANABA at this forum is just the start of an international campaign to bring the plight of the Banabans to a much broader public forum.

 

   

 The newspaper article about the Banabans -

'The Forgotten People' appearing in the local Kinmen

Island newspaper during the conference.

 

  Ken Sigrah being interviewed

 by local Kinmen Island journalists.

If you would like any further information on our papers of the oral presentations at this launch, please contact us at - info@banaban.com

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