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The Rejected Imagination In The Poetry Of Fang Ang, Fu Chengde And Chen Qianghua

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This chapter examines the responses of three major ethnic Chinese Malaysian poets to the ideology of Malay hegemony as birthright and the marginalisation of the Chinese in Malaysia. The three poets are Fang Ang, Fu Chengde and Chen Qianghua. The concerns raised by poets like Fang, Fu and Chen do not always garner uniform sympathy or identification, including from segments of the hardly-homogenous ?Chinese? in Malaysia, not all of whom are literate in Mandarin Chinese or appreciate Chinese imagery. Benedict Anderson?s theory serves well in explaining the origin and content of modern nationalism but it makes no provision for marginalised minorities in nations that define their identity in exclusivist terms.

Keywords: Benedict Anderson; Chen Qianghua; Fang Ang; Fu Chengde; Malaysia; Poetry

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