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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 14 , No. 1

[ Review Article ]
OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 76-87
ISSN: 2093-5498 (Print) 2671-969X (Online)
Print publication date 31 Jan 2023

Blend and Bond: Multiculturalism under the Radar
Ashnita Singh*
Ashnita is a research candidate at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji; (


The “common name” initiative–assigning the word Fijian to Fiji nationals , irrespective of ethnic background, may be a bridging tool to national identity. This practice contributes significantly to unity underpinned by nation-building efforts. Practices as such, are flagbearers of inclusivity which simultaneously, create pathways to dilute ethnic tensions and divisions. By accentuating a collective Fijian identity, prospects of social interconnection and collaboration among the Fijian population, may heighten . Inclusive methodologies like these, align multicultural societies while strengthening the fabric of solidarity and statecraft. In the long run, such initiatives are a robust means to a harmonious end. Most essentially, for sustained prosperity for multicultural economies like Fiji.

Keywords: multi-culturalism, nation-building, government initiative, inclusive societies, social harmony

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Biographical Note

Ashnita Singh has research interest in the field of education and development studies. She is a PhD candidate with the School of Law and Social Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, exploring conceptions of informality in urban environments, street commerce and regulatory partnering. She has worked for over a decade in civil services with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Fiji. Her thesis as a graduate scholar, was made available to the academic community in 2020, and remains a part of the repository at the University of the South Pacific. Email: