What’s in a Demonym? A note on a new and uplifting ethnonym

Jan Tent*

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Ethnicity is all important in Fiji, and labels for the different ethnic groups are a constant source of debate. A significant proportion of Fiji’s population are descendants of indentured laborers from the Indian subcontinent. An appropriate name for these citizens has for a long time been a contentious issue. In 2017 a new name was proposed; one that signals the beginning of a change in attitude. This note reports on the new name.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Early online date5 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Fiji
  • Fijian
  • Indo-Fijian
  • ethnicity
  • demonym

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