Daniel incites me to look up, explore, and explain the strangest things about the motherland. Here’s to a friend who cements my Southeast Asian identity in America.
- Binte Abdul Rashid, Nurul Huda. 2009. “Telling Singapore Ghost Stories: Delving into the ‘Ghosts’ within.” MSS thesis, National University of Singapore.
- Binte Abdul Rashid, Nurul Huda, and Goh Shuzhen. 2008. “The Body Taboo: Ghostly Bodies.” In A Body that Could Never Rest: Relaciones entre cuerpo y cultura en las tradiciones anglófonas, edited by Félix Ernesto Chávez and Diego Falconi, 67–74. Barcelona: Editorial de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
- Maulod, Nur‘Adlina. 2009. “The Haunting of Fatimah Rock: History, Embodiment and Spectral Urbanism in Contemporary Singapore.” MSS thesis, National University of Singapore.
- Tan, Kenneth Paul. 2009. “Monstrous Women in Singapore Cinema: Coping with National Anxieties.”
And here are two celebrated short stories about Malay Archipelago ghosts: Kristin Mandigma’s “Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang, ” in Clarkesworld, and Zen Cho’s “The House of Aunts,” in GigaNotoSaurus.
oh my gooooosh
Mandigma’s piece is so amazing I still can’t with it.
Paolo Chikiamco’s High Society also deals with aswang, and I believe Bryan Thao Worra is working on re-interpreting Lovecraftian lore through Laotian Buddhism.
see, why don’t we see more of this side of SEA. why the fuck is it always WHITE PEOPLE VISIT TEMPLES WHITE PEOPLE EAT WEIRD FOREIGN FOOD WHITE PEOPLE PARTAKE OF WEIRD FOREIGN CUSTOMS WHITE PEOPLE VISIT SEEDY UNDERBELLY
EDIT which brings up the question of why must development be judged by tall buildings and capitalism but that’s a rant for another day
dee is bringin’ it
then white people whine that ~*oh nooo the natives are destroying their own culture*~
that is not for you to decide nor to talk about or try to influence, ok? ok
spaceshipMarina Bay Sands? I like their spaceshipthe Marina Bay Sands structure.
should be asking where is their durian building also
HT to reader gabriellelost
Okay, so this is the reason why I’m in law school and I really recommend that everyone looks into this issue.
The Japanese government is playing a game where they wait out the lives of these women. Through the colonization of Korea, China, and then movements southwards into South East Asia, Japan’s sexual slavery camps have affected huge swaths of the population.
There is no number to this atrocity. Shame, death, censure, and a ton of other factors have kept women from coming forward and that is fine. But the Japanese government needs to do right by them. No textbooks in Japan mention this event. There are academics in Japan (thankfully only a handful) that say the women chose this or that it was a wartime necessity (see the works of Ikuhiko Hata [major trigger warning there] and contemporaries).
These women were kidnapped and tricked into this situation of utter exploitation and humiliation.
There is so much I want to write about this right now but I really can’t do it justice. I have sources and stuff if anyone is interested. The U.N. Report on Contemporary Forms of Slavery: Systematic Rape, Sexual Slavery, and Slavery-like Practices During Armed Conflict by Gay McDougall is really well-done. She’s brilliant and I love her.
Also to add a couple links specific to the Philippines: On Filipino Comfort Women and a briefer on some suits filed by the Malaya Lolas. Many of the petitioners in these suits have now died of old age, and those remaining are still denied justice.
Adeline Koh’s ‘Digitizing Chinese Englishmen’ is now live!
Digitizing ‘Chinese Englishmen’ is a project that involves both digitization and academic commentary on the Straits Chinese Magazine, a literary magazine published in colonial Singapore from 1897-1907 by a combination of Southeast Asian-born Anglophone Chinese subjects, European colonial writers and mixed-race Eurasian writers.
Digitizing ‘Chinese Englishmen’ documents how British colonial culture created a group of “Asian Victorians” in Southeast Asia through the establishment of a colonial intermediary class within the diasporic Chinese group known as the “Straits Chinese.” While the Straits Chinese had established roots in Southeast Asia from the seventeenth century, under British rule they became an important comprador class serving as mediators between the British and the rest of the Empire. Digitizing ‘Chinese Englishmen’ is an attempt to give voice and representation to formerly colonized subjects, and to attempt to work against the “imperial meaning-making” of the archive by implementing new types of reading and commenting technologies that disrupt the idea of dominant and subjugated knowledges.
Please check out the project and support. Learn more about the ‘Asian Victorians’.
(I’m so excited about this…and not only because this humble tumblr was linked on there but I get to be a part of the project too! excited.gif)
Fascinating!! I was just thinking the other day how cool it would be to learn classical Chinese and find literatures written by Chinese peoples in SEAsia, particularly in the Straits. Way awesome!
Long story short: Erykah Badu was supposed to perform in Malaysia; some newspaper printed a picture of her with tattoos that read “Allah”, some local Muslims get outraged, local Muslim government that takes issue with a lot of stupid shit related to some ideal of Islamic purity bans her from performing.
We’re not completely in agreement at KK about this issue (I, for one, do not consider Badu to be part of the hegemonic music industry exporting certain values from the States) but we invite everybody who is black, Muslim, black Muslim, and interested in discussing this kind of intra-POC racism and the varying standards set by the international ummah to discuss.
I would have used “Buku Romen” but was told it had a different connotation. Either way, pop on over to tell us all what you learned from romance novels!
Anne, from Setapak, took a bus ride down to KL, ALONE, in support of the rally. She was stopped 4 times, being asked her IC, and questioned by the police on why she’s wearing yellow. “Why can’t I wear yellow?” was her reply. She didn’t know what time the rally was scheduled to start, she didn’t know where, she has no one with her; all she knew was to get down to KL, and stand for what she believes in. The first thing she asked when she sat on our table, “what are you guys doing here?”
Anne teaches English in government schools for about 35 years (if i remember correctly). But her passion is really singing and dancing; and what she values most in her life now is freedom. Anne has rallied in Bersih 2007. She was disappointed as to why no one else was wearing yellow that day. We said chill lah.. that’s cuz if we do, we’d be stopped by the cops even before we get the chance to enter KL. “It’s so sad.. it’s so sad that the police are treating our rakyats like these.” “When you come to rallies, there’s a spirit of unity… something I cannot describe… when everyone is united for a cause. you don’t even get this sort of unity in church.”
She left me with a question that still resides in my heart. Now may I impose on you to think about it. “Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. and by own countrymen?”
write up by Charlotte Hiew
Bubut welcomes any photos or experiences with the July 9th Bersih 2.0 rally
SKIRTS will rule again in women’s badminton. And this will definitely provide a leg-up for the sport to pull in the mega-sponsorships and attract the lush advertising dollar — just as in tennis.
According to news reports, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has introduced a new dress code whereby all female players have been asked to wear skirts and discard the shorts which have become the popular garb in the last 25 years.
However, the world body said, those players who wanted to continue with shorts could still do so, but only underneath a skirt. (Sounds like women’s hockey and a bit like poco poco, doesn’t it?)
Anyway, the new ruling was initially due to take effect from this weekend but has been postponed by a month to June 1 “to provide an opportunity for members to understand fully the reasons behind the new rule”.
The reasons? Among other things, BWF said skirts would add to the glamour quotient, which the sport badly needed and bring it on a par with tennis or, to a lesser extent, squash. Badminton authorities feel that asking female players to wear skirts will definitely attract spectators and viewers to the game.
I don’t know whether to be more mad at the NST, for writing & publishing an article full of sexist fail (seriously, it gets worse), or at the BWF for implementing a rule full of sexist fail in the first place.
“If we consider that the Orang Asli have more rights to claim Malaysia as their own then we should acknowledge and respect the rights of the Red Indians, the Maoris, the Australian aborigines and all the other aborigines to be given back the land we now call America, Australia, New Zealand, etc. “Perhaps in recognition of their rights, they are now not so ill-treated and killed as they were when the Europeans seized their lands. But this is not the same as declaring that the countries belong to the people originally found there,” he said.
(Orang Asli = Malaysian Indigenous people, though in this context I don’t know if they mean collectively or of the specific Peninsular tribe
…ABSOLUTE FAIL. and my parents wonder why I don’t like the guy!
Why do I even dignify his words by putting them up here? Whhhhyyyy.
Kakak Killjoy is a Malaysian feminist webzine showcasing critical writing on culture, the arts, science, and politics.
I just posted on there, and some people you may recognise from Tumblr are on there too. Come see :)
(The title’s a reference to a Malay riot-grrrl-esque song I believe)
If my writing mojo returns, you’ll be able to find me posting on here.
Chinese Lanterns on Penang, Malaysia
Photograph by Cory Schadt.
The Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque), completed in 2005, is located in the suburb of Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, in the Malaysian state of Penang.
Description: The mosque is built on stilts above the bay waters, which in this picture are serene and dull blue, reflecting a mostly clear sky. The domed roofs are red with yellow patterns, and the single minaret stands in the centre of the compound.
I did not even need the description to know exactly what this was, ie, my favourite. I love going past this masjid, every time I make sure to peer out the window, even just to get a glimpse. Even looking at this picture makes me feel something. Eager.
Magazine took away my date
PUA GHIN CHU, Petaling Jaya, Selangor email@example.comI WISH to highlight an incident where a disabled person was discriminated against.I participated in the “Win A Date with a Bachelor” contest hosted by CLEO magazine in April. A month later, a sales coordinator from CLEO called me to inform that I was one of the winners.In my entry, I had stated that the preferred location for the “date” was Starbucks, but the coordinator suggested True Fitness instead. I told her that I was disabled and that the location was not convenient.She said she would consult with her manager and contact me again. As she failed to call me, I contacted her on May 13. She told me that my award had been given to another person since I was disabled.This is discrimination against the disabled and abuse of their rights. I am making this complaint on behalf of the disabled community as a whole.
CLEO Malaysia is saying on their Twitter page that they didn’t remove Ghin Chu from the comp due to her disability and that they’ve come up with an alternate proposal, but why would they still rescind her prize? Not happy Cleo!
However, he said that the level of street crimes was exaggerated by the continuous chattering that made it seem worse.
“Most victims are women. What do women do? They go to the hairdressers… they chit-chat and suddenly it is everywhere and cause people to fear,” he joked.
i got nothing.