This project explores the places in which Malaysian Chinese invested with a sense of belonging and ethnic politics. Particularly, Chinese cemeteries, war memorials and Chinese museums are the foci of this study. It will argue that the former two embody the performance of Chinese collective memory and the later, including Chinese memorials and archives center, indicates preservation of collective memory. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country at any level, yet Malaysian Chinese was perceived as unsatisfied with current social conditions and easily provoke many social issues. The dominant Malay group base their privileges on the assumption of being the "true son of the soil" and thus polarizing non-Malay groups. The Chinese group is a salient case in the historical context of Malaysia of being the "other". This project concerns the spatial obstacles, conflicts and persecution the Chinese community have been through and analyzes how they react with spatial construction, adjustment and restructuring.
|Effective start/end date
|2018/08/01 → 2019/07/31
- Malaysian Chinese; memoryscapes; public Chinese cemeteries; war memorials; Malaysian Chinese museums; centers for documentation of Malaysian Chinese history
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