Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

A Case Of Mistaken Identities? Retelling Malaysia’s National Story

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

At the centre of Chuah Guat Eng?s Echoes of Silence, A Malaysian Novel, is a mystery, the mystery of national identity. This chapter uses Echoes of Silence as a springboard for a series of questions about the vocabularies, forms and modalities through which what I call 'multiethnicity' can be represented. It uses the term ?multiethnicity? to signify the irreducibly mixed and intertwined racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious histories that characterise, in particular, certain parts of South and Southeast Asia. Processes of multiethnicity are distinct from state multiculturalisms? scripting of national time and space. The chapter then explores the limits and possibilities of the text's writing of multiethnic histories through the device of shared lineages, mixed inheritances and hidden histories of biological hybridity.

Keywords: A Malaysian Novel; Echoes of Silence; Malaysia; multiethnicity; National Story

10.1163/ej.9789004168152.i-184.8
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004168152.i-184.8
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Overcoming Passion for Race in Malaysia Cultural Studies — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation