About this blog

Pauline Vetuna 2017 - Lydia Rui Huang

Photographer: Lydia Rui Huang

I acknowledge I am an uninvited guest who lives and works on the stolen/unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Here’s what you need to know:

I’m a student and writer with an interest in screenwriting/filmmaking, storytelling/the arts, social justice, health, and spirituality. Ideas are what interest me; my all-consuming hobby is teaching myself about the world and the universe. I think about things that I care about, then write about them here.

Physically, I live with a disability (very incomplete quadriplegia and paraplegia – long story), negotiating a society still laden with discriminatory blocks to my full participation and acceptance in it (please read: social model of disability).

I am continuously working on my mental wellnesshaving in the first 3 decades (of what I sense will be an extremely long life) sustained multiple psychological traumas that forced me to seek a variety of natural healing methods (including creative expression). Dealing with the after effects of trauma, as well as a mood disorder, is still a part of my daily life; for this too, I face discrimination and stigma. I state this plainly because I understand that being both physically disabled and creatively maladjusted is a profound gift, as much as it bites to have to continuously fight the systemic marginalisation that comes with both.

I grew up a misfit, coconut’, third culture kid: the daughter of two humble indigenous Melanesian immigrants, my family moved to ‘Australia’ when I was a baby. I was born in Papua New Guinea: complex, beautiful, culturally rich and utterly unique. It is also a Pacific nation with a corrupt elite/political class, and a population still facing the intergenerational after effects of European colonisation. Not long after my birth, my broadcaster father was offered a job in Narrm (Melbourne). So baby girl me ended up here in “the world’s most liveable city”. Being a Black immigrant and individual in a white settler colonial state has shaped and informed much of my politics and worldview.

Today, I am a ‘black on both sides’ indigenous Melanesian woman, decolonising my mind; increasingly interested in connecting to my spiritual cultural roots, as a daughter of the Pacific Ocean. To this end, I seek to connect with like-minded Pacific Islanders and indigenous peoples of this region, Oceania; and learn about the cultures that were lost due to colonisation, the cultures that thrive today, and the challenges we face. These inevitably connect to challenges facing the whole world: most notably, the subjugation of the feminine, the global economic system, and climate change.

You can email me at justthemessengerblog@gmail.com

Blessed be,

Pauline Vetuna



3 Comments on “About this blog”

  1. irene says:

    Hi Pauline!!! Good luck with your blog! More power to you this 2011!!! 🙂

  2. zanki says:

    hi, Pauline, It’s nice to see you here. You have a beautiful blog. Well organized.

    I just moved to WordPress recently. I see you on twitter & again here and just wanna say hi.

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