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By Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew

ISBN-10: 113701234X

ISBN-13: 9781137012340

ISBN-10: 1349436577

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What position does race, geography, faith, orthography and nationalism play within the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This e-book deals an intensive research of outdated and new identities in Asia's such a lot international urban, tested in the course of the lens of language.

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He can do things so quickly and he knows where everything is. When he comes back from the market, he puts what he has bought on the table and begins to prepare the meals. He brings meat, rice, vegetables, lovely red chillies, and many kinds of fruit. Rosie looks to see if he has got her favourite fruit. Now, I am sure you can guess what that is. It is the mangosteen. Amah cuts the shell for her and she enjoys the juicy white part round the seeds inside. Mummy says it is very good for her too. ” Each chapter, such as that of “Hok Cheng the Rickshaw Puller”, obviously plays its part in enforcing the ideological stereotype: I am a rickshaw puller.

These English-educated Malays have been found to be liberal, a state of mind influenced by their familiarity with English and its relatively more “Western” culture (cf. Roff, 1967). Hence, the British helped create a divided Malay identity, as seen in the ideological split in present-day Malaysia between the urban versus rural Malay, the English-educated versus the Malay-educated, and the conservative versus the liberal. It must be noted that English education was only available to a minority of the Malay population.

It must be noted that English education was only available to a minority of the Malay population. From the onset, there was always a fear that if too many natives spoke it as well as the British, they might become just as educated and would probably challenge European rule – particularly, the race-based exclusions which prevented them from rising to higher levels of power within the colonial state machinery. In 1870, Frank Swettenham then Resident of Perak, pronounced that too much English might give too many the “delusions of grandeur”: “ ...

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