Pondering Malaysia’s Complex Society

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Julian Lee.

Anthropologist Julian Lee’s new book looks beyond the obvious, seeing through the glass of Malaysian half-truths and stereotypes.

Upon meeting Julian Lee for the first time, one may take his silent, observant nature as a sign of shyness. But shy Lee is not; an accomplished academic and writer, Lee has taught at Monash University Malaysia and now works as senior lecturer in global studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. He conducted research among civil society activists in KL and his essays have been published by the best academic publishers worldwide.

A mixed-race Malaysian-Australian, Lee spent a number of years in Melbourne and still calls Batu Pahat, Johor, his hometown – that’s where he spent the first years of his life.


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