Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia

  title={Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia},
  author={Rachel Leow},
“Not a Particularly Happy Expression”: “Malayanization” and the China Threat in Britain's Late-Colonial Southeast Asian Territories
Drawing on archival sources in Britain, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, this article explores late-colonial anxieties about the influence of Chinese nationalism in Malaya (and especially
Transnational re-memorialization in Preeta Samarasan’s Evening Is the Whole Day
  • Ann Ang
  • Art
    Journal of Postcolonial Writing
  • 2021
ABSTRACT Preeta Samarasan’s Evening Is the Whole Day (2008) traces the Rajasekharans’ family history over three generations and re-memorializes the racial riots of May 13, 1969 from a Malaysian
Han Suyin: The little voice of decolonizing Asia
Rosalie Matilda Kwanghu Chou (September 12, 1916/17–November 2, 2012), better known by her pen name, Han Suyin, was born in Xinyang, in south-eastern Henan province, to a Chinese father and a Flemish
The Annual Glasses for All Who Seek Knowledge and its Place in the Modern Malay Book Culture
The development of printing in the region of insular Southeast Asia dates back to the 17th century and is connected, first of all, with the activities of European missionaries, for whom preaching
Weeping Qingdao Tears Abroad: Locating Chinese Publics in Colonial Malaya, circa 1919
Abstract This article suggests that conditions of coloniality produce a sui generis public sphere, one which contains multiple, plurilingual collective audiences, rather than a single “bourgeois
In moderation of ‘strangers’: terrorism, ontological (In)security and counter-narratives in Malaysia
ABSTRACT Counter-narratives is a celebrated strategy in countering violent extremism (CVE), but critical study of its contents is still lacking. This paper not only examines such narratives directly
Conversational Code Switching
The mixing of three or more languages in casual conversations, a hallmark of Chinese Malaysian informal speech, expresses a range of sociological and ideological meanings in the ongoing
Knowing the ‘Native Mind’: Ethnological and Philological Collections
This chapter examines the role that the major research libraries of the southern colonies played in the collection, classification, and transmission of ethnological and philological knowledge about
Minority Literature, Performativity, Resistance: The Case of Anglophone and Sinophone Malaysian Writings
This essay demonstrates how non-Malay language writers in Malaysia attempt to subvert the state’s promotion of a single-language (Malay) literature as national literature through the practice of


Colonialism, Violence and Muslims in Southeast Asia: The Maria Hertogh Controversy and its Aftermath
1. Remembering Violence 2. The Colonial Setting and Outbreak of Riots 3. Proscription 4. Surveillance 5. Self-criticism 6. Reconciliation 7. Reform. Conclusion: The aftermath of Violence
Abdullah Munsyi and the missionaries
Father of Modern Malay Literature is an epithet often ascribed to Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir Munsyi, a Malay author who lived in Melaka and Singapore during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Four Malay letters from Raja Ali Haji to Von De Wall
In the course of our research into the literary life of Riau in the nineteenth century and on the Dutch colonial officials on the scene at that time, we came across four letters from Raja Ali Haji
Printing in Riau; Two steps toward modernity
Printing in the Malay archipelago started with the establishment of Dutch rule in Batavia in 1619. For a long time Batavia would be the most important center of printing in the archipelago, although