Published to coincide with Samoa's first 50 years of independence, Samoa’s Journey covers subjects as diverse as the country's literature and media, its society and sporting achievements. In 1962, Samoa became an independent state, after more than half a century of colonization. The nation has achieved much since then—it has a university, hospitals, independent media outlets, and a unique parliamentary system that incorporates significant elements of Samoan culture and tradition while retaining the principles of democracy. While Samoans are now spread throughout the world, most retain strong links to their culture and families back home. All play their part in maintaining Samoa as a proud independent nation. Samoa’s Journey documents Samoa’s progress as it celebrates its first 50 years of independence.
Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea holds graduate and postgraduate degrees from Macquarie University and the University of Papua New Guinea. He has served as the director of academic centers at the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland, and the National University of Samoa. Ellie Meleisea is a professional editor with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Macquarie University. She has worked in project support and management for the United Nations and NGO development agencies, and is currently a freelancer for a range of international agencies. Penelope Schoeffel holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in anthropology from the Australian National University and the University of Papua New Guinea. She has taught at several universities and has also worked as an independent development consultant.