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Hola Dr. Spanish,
The truth of the matter is I can only assume to be in the wrong about this, since recently when I gave this opinion in a similar question nobody seemed to respond. However, when I think of the Pacific Islands, I imagine this probably excludes the inhabitants of the Asian coastal islands and archipelagos, such as the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan...
This leaves me with what we call in Spanish "islas del Pacífico Sur", as well as those in the mid-Pacific, like the Marshalls, all the way up to the Hawaiian islands. I may be wrong, but all of these peoples are of Polynesian origin, from the Hawaiians all the way down to the Tongan and New Zealand Maoris.
I would be greatful if somebody could explain the difference between Pacific islanders and this definition.
Suerte y sonrisas,
Álvaro :O) :O) :O)
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Polinesios y melanesios
Well, if we have too, and following Alvaro's line of thought, I'd myself be comfortable with "polinesios y melanesios", Spanish can take that. It's race stuff indeed, don't think they'd include Otago Uni students born in NZ of Scottish stock... Two races apart actually, differences are striking, and then we have Micronesians, oh dear, but a lot of it is Papua New Guinea and that should be a different chapter perhaps — one would pray for that anyway — and even more so when it comes to New Zealand... try greet a Maori warrior with a "Kia ora (sort of "hello"), Pacific Islander!" if you want a tattoo for life. Then we have Fijian Indians, Pacific Islanders alright but race-wise they are...Indians! Most of them have never set foot on a Goa beach though, I understand. Etc...
This is from Encarta:
Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia
The Pacific Islands are usually divided into three subregions: Melanesia (the prefix mela, meaning dark or black, refers to the dark complexion of many Melanesian people), Micronesia (the prefix micro, meaning small, refers to the small size of Micronesia’s islands and atolls), and Polynesia (the prefix poly, meaning many, refers to the many islands of Polynesia).
Melanesia stretches in a 5600-km (3500-mi) arc off the northern and eastern coast of Australia. From northwest to southeast, Melanesia includes New Guinea, lying just north of Australia; the Bismarck Archipelago, belonging to Papua New Guinea; smaller archipelagos of Papua New Guinea; the Solomon Islands, some of which belong to Papua New Guinea but most of which are part of the nation of Solomon Islands; the many islands of the nation Vanuatu; the islands of New Caledonia and Dependencies, a French territory; and the Fiji Islands (an island nation commonly known as Fiji).
The tiny islands and atolls of Micronesia are scattered widely across a large area north of Melanesia and east of Asia. Micronesia has four main island groups. The Caroline Islands lie north of the equator from New Guinea and belong mostly to the Federated States of Micronesia, a self-governing country in free association with the United States. A small portion of the Carolines belongs to Palau, also a self-governing country in free association with the United States. To the north of the Carolines are the Mariana Islands, which make up the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a self-governing U.S. commonwealth, and Guam, an unincorporated U.S. territory. To the east of the Marianas are the Marshall Islands, an island group and republic in free association with the United States. Southeast of the Marshalls is the nation of Kiribati, which straddles the equator. The tiny nation of Nauru, a single island west of Kiribati, is also counted as part of Micronesia. Micronesia’s islands are so small that their land area totals just 3240 sq km (1250 sq mi). Even among the smaller islands of Oceania—that is, Oceania excluding New Guinea, New Zealand, and Hawaii—Micronesia makes up just 3.6 percent of the total land mass."
Hope this helps. It's just food for thought anyway.
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Native speaker of: Spanish, Catalan
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