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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.
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.
The Themes of the confrernece included:
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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