Young and Malay: Growing up in Multicultural Malaysia

Edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Wan Hamidi Hamid, this book is a collection of essays, some anecdotal, others academic, of the viewpoints of ordinary Malaysians who identify themselves as Malay, on their life stories that shaped their perspectives in growing up in a multi-cultural nation, whilst coming to terms with their ethnic identity that forces them into boxes.

I picked up this book in Penang, at the GerakBudaya bookstore, apparently quite famous among those who read Malaysian literature. I was attracted to the book title as the topic interests me. I'd like to know the kind of similarities and differences between the Malaysian perspective, and my own Singaporean experience.

Much of the book is an easy read. If you're into anthropological issues of the Nusantara, this would be a good book to read to gain some insights.

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