They're not directly racially descended from Chinese. I wasn't thinking in political/geographic terms.
Yes ... but they're not directly descended from them either. The Austronesians are the latest in the Polynesian family tree. I'm just calling them Malay because they comprise of the original people of that general area. Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines etc. Maybe the Taiwan abos too. That's new to me.
The Lapita people were sailors from the Malay region and went out into the Pacific...but they were different people to the Polynesians...I think the curly haired Fijians indicate how far they got...the Polynesians tend to have straighter hair