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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