Dr. Jess Marinaccio

Jess Marinaccio

Assistant Professor

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Jess Marinaccio received her doctorate in Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2019 and was most recently employed in Tuvalu’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Jess also holds a Master’s in Chinese literature from National Taiwan University and has worked as a Mandarin–English interpreter for the Tuvalu Embassy in Taiwan. Jess’s research focuses on Tuvalu–Taiwan cultural diplomacy as well as understandings of diplomacy and indigeneity in Taiwan and its Pacific allies. (Fun fact: Jess has studied opera singing for 20 years and sang at government karaoke parties in Tuvalu.)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“‘Taiwan’s ally Tuvalu to soon become a water world’: Language, Place, and Taiwan’s Popular Discourse on Tuvalu,” Pacific Studies, 43(2), 2020, pp. 162-183 (in English).

“Domestic and Bilateral Challenges to Building Relationality in Cultural Diplomacy: Tuvalu’s Performative Cultural Diplomacy in Taiwan,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, 26(7), 2020, pp. 913-928 (in English).

“Rearticulating Diplomatic Relationships: Contextualizing Tuvalu-Taiwan Relations,” The Contemporary Pacific, 31(2), 2019, pp. 448-475 (in English).

Second author with D. Zhang (First Author). “Chinese and Taiwanese Scholarships for Pacific Island Countries,” ANU In Brief 2019/10 (in English).

“James Clifford’s ‘Indigenous Articulations’ as Traveling Theory?: The Search for Sustainability in Theorizing Taiwan’s Indigenous and Han Populations,” The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, 2(1), January 2019, pp. 32-56 (in English).

“Soft Power in a Hard Shell: The Fleet of Friendship of the ROC Navy and Taiwan’s Performative Cultural Diplomacy in the Pacific,” Issues & Studies: A Social Science Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs, 53(2), June 2017, pp. 1-23 (in English).

Book Chapters

“‘We’re not indigenous. We’re just, we’re us’: Pacific Perspectives on Taiwan’s Austronesian Diplomacy.” In G. Smith & T. Wesley-Smith (Eds.), The China Alternative: Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands. Acton: ANU Press, 2021, pp. 349-374 (in English).

Other Publications

How Pacific climate diplomacy is changing: Negotiating from a position of strength,” Asia & The Pacific Policy Society: Policy Forum, 27th January 2022 (in English).

“‘Some of the dancing, yeah, I don’t really understand [it]’: The Youth Ambassadors and Taiwan’s Performative Cultural Diplomacy,” Taiwan Insight: The Online Magazine of the Taiwan Studies Programme, Nottingham Trent University, 5th August 2019 (in English).

Second author with T. Simeti (First Author). “Playing for Island, Playing for Country, Playing for Oceania: Tuvalu Rugby at Home and Abroad,” The New Outrigger Blog, 29th April 2019 (in English).

Rethinking Diplomacy and its Cultural, Social, and Political Contexts: The Diplomacies of Tuvalu, the Pacific, and Taiwan,” Taiwan Insight: The Online Magazine of the Taiwan Studies Programme, Nottingham Trent University, 16th April 2019 (in English).

“Reframing Diplomatic Relationships: A History of Discourse in Tuvalu-Taiwan Relations and its Underlying Assumptions,” 2018 Center for Chinese Studies Working Paper. Taipei, Taiwan, March 2018 (in English).

“Oceania Matters in Diplomacy” [Review of the book The New Pacific Diplomacy, edited by G. Fry & S. Tarte], Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58(3), December 2017, pp. 396-397 (in English).