Working Session: Kava: A Global Phenomenon?
Organizer: Dr. Apo Aporosa
Two decades ago Lebot, Merlin & Lindstrom (1992) predicted a time when kava would become a “world drug”. Since then, there has been a rapid growth of kava bars in the USA, venues that mimic small nightclubs and licenced cafes, which attract customers seeking to destress with an alternative to alcohol. Likewise, there have recently been pop-culture and online claims that kava is “officially trending”. However, such reports fail to include the growth of private kava venues in previously unimagined places like France, China, India and the UK, where diasporic Pacific communities embrace their traditional substance as part of cultural continuance, or as a means of engaging with their local (host) communities. This working session seeks contributions that address contemporary kava themes, ranging from its use in the Pacific today, to kava’s diverse manifestations in ever-changing contexts around the world.
Dr. Apo Aporosa, University of Waikato University, New Zealand <email@example.com>