Many small Pacific island nations suffer outsized effects of the emissions of industrialized nations, yet under-sized reporting on the immediate threat of those effects. For people whose ancestors made herculean journeys that brought them to their islands, they may now be forced to journey once again. How will they navigate their future? This short Object Theatre film is a kind of poetic rumination on the imposition of the global on the local.
The sea is swallowing up coastline after coastline, until it reaches your special beach, then in the blink of an eye it is gone. Just like the Australian coastline, many other coastlines around the world are experiencing erosion.
Among Hawaii's species extinctions since the early 19th century are twelve specialist nectar-eating, pollinating birds. By gathering images of all twelve, and their stories, this work seeks to generate a sense of this loss.
In this moving essay on the Hawaiian tree snail Achatinella fulgens, Michael Wang explores the history of the species' decline and the unique portal that it offers into the cultural and biological richness of these islands.