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When Romeo Met Tusi: Disconnections

When Romeo Met Tusi: Disconnections

(p.155) Chapter 7 When Romeo Met Tusi: Disconnections
Once Were Pacific
Alice Te Punga Somerville
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on three specific texts that center on a story of young innocent love between a Māori and Pasifika teenager, as a way of thematizing, metaphorizing, and talking about Māori-Pasifika relationships. It covers the 1997 play Romeo and Tusi, the 2007 play Once Were Samoans, and the 2005 TV drama series The Market, all of which explicitly mobilize the Shakespearean story of Romeo and Juliet. The chapter concludes with an analysis of Romeo and Juliet as a useful model in highlighting the capacity for love to develop even between individuals who belong to feuding families or emphasizing the ridiculousness of family rivalries when overcome by young love.

Keywords:   Māori-Pasifika relationships, Romeo and Tusi, Once Were Samoans, The Market, Shakespearean story, Romeo and Juliet, Māori, Pasifika

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