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Gallery - Albert Wendt Television (Full Length) – 1973 News/Current Affairs

Gallery - Albert Wendt

Television (Full Length) – 1973 News/Current Affairs

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In this 1973 current affairs interview, Albert Wendt discusses his first novel Sons For the Return Home on the occasion of its publication. The Pacific Island Romeo and Juliet tale was a seminal exploration of Samoan migrant life in NZ. Wendt muses on the inspiration for his work; facing discrimination at school and from girlfriends' parents; the differences between NZ Samoans and Samoan Samoans; returning ‘home’, and the difficulty of finding the solitude to write in Samoa. Maurice Shadbolt praises the book at its launch; it was adapted into a film in 1979.

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Albert Wendt

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Maurice Shadbolt

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A teacher would call me 'Black Sambo' thinking it was a joke, he didn't mean anything by it ...
– Wendt reflects on acclimatising to NZ