Constructing national identity has proved difï¬cult in the Paciï¬c, especially in Fiji where there are signiï¬cant ethnic divisions. The "People" column in the Fiji Times has provided a populist focus on "good citizens" who have become successful, often in commerce. Such people have demonstrated values and directions such as hard work, training, education, initiative, and cooperation outside the nuclear family. Religious values have assisted, but "tradition" plays no role. Good citizens have achieved social mobility and often transgressed gender, geographical, and ethnic constraints. They constitute part of a new, modern, moral economy and social space that provides the basis for a modern nation where history and ethnicity have limited place.