Media and a national identity

Media and a national identity

Anonymous
Anonymous

December 13th, 2006, 4:17 am #1

Last night I had the honour of sitting in on a discussion group (organised by the Kumul Foundation) with American Philospher and Political Economist Professor Francis Fukuyama. Professor Fukuyama is here as a consultant from the World Bank to asess how the World Bank can re-engage with PNG...Read more at http://masalai.wordpress.com/2006/12/13 ... -identity/
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Mauswara
Mauswara

December 13th, 2006, 4:46 am #2

Emmanuel I am really grateful that the organizers of the Kumul Forum brought up the topic of National Identity and Nationalism.

I believe there are a lot of misconceptions of these terms and its usage. I am in the process of writing an article and proposing various institutions and processes that will cultivate and nurture a genuine sense of nationalism. My propositions, however, will not make any impact as I am just nobody (an ordinary concerned citizen) and my ideas might be easily disregarded. Hopefully, the propositions that you come up with in the seminar are taken into account with political resolve and committment by right thinking political leaders.

I am just an ordinary citizen putting out my ideas for all to judge and comment!

As affirmed by Prof. Fukuyama, experiences around the world e.g. in the Latin Americas and Asia proved that institutions are indispensable avenues of cultivating national consciousness and rightly so media is the appropriate channel of indoctrination which must be utilized to instill a sense of nationalism. I don't really believe in religion (I will explain in a latter commentary).

Anyways, it would be encouraging to see more debates on this issue and what other PNGans think how we should cultivate that sense of nationalism devoid in PNG since independence.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

December 13th, 2006, 5:37 am #3

Thanks Mauswara for your comments. It was an eye opener for me in that it helped me to articulate allot of feelings and how to go about expressing them. A very good seminar, tonight's one should be simliar I imagine.

But I don't think that you should say you are a nobody, everyone has their part to play.

Emmanuel
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Anonymous
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December 13th, 2006, 5:47 am #4

Mauswara, I would definately be interested to hear about your proposed institutions. Please keep us informed.
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political anthropologist
political anthropologist

December 13th, 2006, 9:57 am #5

The issue of Nationalism and Identity will require more input from political scientists and anthropologists. This is their field of expertise.

There are a lot of renowned PNGan political scientist and anthropologist out there. We should seek their opinion and engage them to come up with practical solutions/methods/tools in instilling national consciousness.



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...mE
...mE

December 13th, 2006, 10:11 pm #6

Last night I had the honour of sitting in on a discussion group (organised by the Kumul Foundation) with American Philospher and Political Economist Professor Francis Fukuyama. Professor Fukuyama is here as a consultant from the World Bank to asess how the World Bank can re-engage with PNG...Read more at http://masalai.wordpress.com/2006/12/13 ... -identity/
You don't need a doctor to tell you that you got a sores on you leg. But you do need a doctor to tell how wats the best medicine to cure your sores.

...mE

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Anonymous
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December 13th, 2006, 10:48 pm #7

True true...this certainly needs a larger debate involving a wider cross section of PNG'eans
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Id and Id
Id and Id

December 16th, 2006, 8:13 pm #8

National Identity? What idiocy is this? Is a Chimbu the same as a Tolai? What is this national business of idewntity? The only thing that makes common the identity of PNG people is their passport.
All else is rubbish.
Identity is never national in multi-ethnic societies.
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taro kongkong
taro kongkong

December 16th, 2006, 11:05 pm #9


ID and ID,

You are one of those idiots who are still backward and lack the courage to contribute meaningfully to nation-building in PNG. Forutnately, it is only a minority of your like who are thinking that way.

You have to wake up and face the fact. PNG is no longer a divisive tribal society like it used to be. There is increasing inter-marriages between provinces and the number of people born from inter-marriages is on the rise. Actually, that is a good and healthy foundation for any national identity movement to consider.

The new government in 2007 should consider introducing inter-marriages as one of its policies in the bid to instill national indentity in the population. It should design incentives that will encourage PNGeans to inter-marry. People have been too regionalistic, provincialistic, and even tribalistic and that has contributed negatively to the growth of PNG. All of us know that this practice is rife in PNG. Just look at the Sepik-Tsunami in todays government and the Western Highlands reign during Wingti's time as PM.

We don't have to look far to find national identity. It is within ourselves. All we need to do is nurture and let it grow.

taro kongkong.
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Taro Claptrap
Taro Claptrap

December 17th, 2006, 3:57 am #10

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