Partial Kuala Lumpur: ethnicity, class, sexuality, and protest

Lee, J, Goh, J, Mattila, A and Sutcliffe, R 2018, 'Partial Kuala Lumpur: ethnicity, class, sexuality, and protest' in Tim Bunnell and Daniel P. S. Goh (ed.) Urban Asias: Essays on futurity past and resent, Jovis, Berlin, Germany, pp. 217-229.


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Title Partial Kuala Lumpur: ethnicity, class, sexuality, and protest
Author(s) Lee, J
Goh, J
Mattila, A
Sutcliffe, R
Year 2018
Title of book Urban Asias: Essays on futurity past and resent
Publisher Jovis
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Editor(s) Tim Bunnell and Daniel P. S. Goh
Start page 217
End page 229
Subjects Race and Ethnic Relations
Asian Cultural Studies
Summary What happens in capital cities often serves as a metonym for that city's nation. Politicians and protestors alike seek to make their presence felt in capitals not just out of convenience, but because what happens there makes a statement. Visionaries build landmarks there to impose their vision on the country, and to send a message to the world. We seek here to explore Kuala Lumpur for what it says of Malaysia and its imagined future. In the space that this essay allows, we bring five foci, each intended to reveal a further layer or element to an understanding of the ways in which people have sought to impose themselves in the national imaginary. We explore the imposing Petronas Twin Towers for what they say about ethnicity, the razing of slums for what it reveals about class, protests and graffiti for what they show about democracy, and sexual minorities for what they demonstrate about the visibility of diversity in Malaysia.
Copyright notice © 2018 by jovis Verlag GmbH
Keyword(s) Malaysia
architecture
politics
ethnicity
ISBN 9783868594560
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