Helen Lee is an associate professor in anthropology in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University. Since the 1980s her research has focused on the people of Tonga, both in their home islands in the South Pacific and in the diaspora, particularly in Australia. Her doctoral research on Tongan childhood was published in 1996 as Becoming Tongan: an ethnography of childhood (Helen Morton, University of Hawaii Press). Helen’s more recent work has been with the Tongan diaspora (see Tongans overseas: between two shores, 2003, UHP) and more recently she has been researching second generation Tongan transnationalism. Her edited book Ties to the homeland: second generation transnationalism was published in 2008 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and she co-edited with Steve Tupai Francis Migration and transnationalism: Pacific perspectives (2009, ANU Press). The key themes of Helen’s research have been children and youth, cultural identity and migration and transnationalism.