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“Your Memories Are Our Memories”: Remembering Culture As Race In Malaysia And K.S. Maniam’s Between Lives

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This chapter attempts to think through these questions using Maniam?s novel, Between Lives (BL), as the main point of reference. It clarifies the term ?culture? and examines its relation to memory and subjectivity. As we know, it is commonplace to observe in contemporary academic discourse including postcolonial studies that the culture of an ethnic community is neither internally homogeneous nor bound by clear-cut boundaries that separate it from other cultures, but is rather a contested object discursively constructed and continually reconstructed within a given configuration of power relations. In Malaysia, race is neither overtly registered nor responded to as a pseudo-scientific index of natural sameness that disavows its constitutive plurality.

Keywords: Between Lives; culture; K.S. Maniam; Malaysia



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