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In Malaysia, from parliament to coffee-shops, race is hardly ever discussed and understood as a mode of identity and identification that holds together social subjects who would otherwise have little to do with each other. The persistence of race extends beyond politics and popular imagination into the academe, where it flourishes across fields, not excluding biomedical research and genetic studies. This chapter provides an overview of the book, which underlines the often- overlooked fact that racial and racist thinking has an internal self- justifying logic which is steadfastly resistant to rational arguments pointing to its errors. The problem in Malaysia is that racial passion is often not only not recognised for what it is but is also framed as benign and upright by a significant moral majority who regard its articulation as proof of loyalty to their race.

Keywords: Malaysia; race



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